We heard from our friends at Protect Our Water this morning. In September, they petitioned the EPA to review the Dripping Springs’ TCEQ wastewater permit. Today, the EPA issued an Interim Objection to the permit.
EPA’s objection is based on the fact that TCEQ inadequately analyzed the Draft Permit and the pollution is not justified.
EPA states, “[I]t is not clear how this permit conforms to the guidelines and requirements established by the Clean Water Act”
“EPA cannot discern from the information provided what factors TCEQ considered in its determination of no significant degradation and whether the state’s analysis complied with TCEQ’s antidegradation policy and implementation procedures for Tier 2 review”
“Additional information is needed from [Dripping Springs]/TCEQ to show that these increases in Total P and Total N would not negatively impact the receiving waters”.
You can read more here.