On February 1, 2010, the EPA effluent limitations guidelines and new source performance standards went into effect. These regulations were established in December 2009 “to control the discharge of pollutants from construction sites.” According to the U.S. EPA website, the following are some of the discharges prohibited:
In addition, the EPA website states that various requirements become effective on different dates as follows:
These regulations present challenges to construction companies with regards to the additional inherent risk for potential claims. It is imperative that we educate our construction clients as to the impact that these regulations may have on the sites on which they work and the coverages that may be necessary to protect them against potential future claims.
Read more about the regulation on the U.S. EPA website.