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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule on the Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Construction and Development Point Source Category that drops the numeric discharge limit for turbidity in stormwater and implements best practice management to prevent erosion at construction sites.

The final rule was issued in response to a 2010 settlement agreement that withdrew the numeric discharge limit from the existing 2009 Construction and Development Effluent Limitations Guidelines Rule. The final rule means contractors no longer have to adhere to numeric limits for stormwater turbidity and instead must use best management practices to prevent erosion at their jobsites.

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