authorizes state permit programs to manage CCR.
Under the WIIN Act, approved state permit programs must be as protective as the federal coal ash regulations, but state programs may provide flexibilities for facilities managing coal ash in their states.
The interim final guidance released today addresses numerous questions EPA received about the provisions of the WIIN Act, establishes a framework to guide EPAs approval process and provides checklists to aid states as they are considering and developing their program submittals.
The language also urges the Army Corps to issue implementation guidance for the development plan for replacement housing near the Bonneville Dam and a study on potential housing losses at the John Day Dam that were authorized in the WIIN
Act was enacted in December 2016, to address water resources infrastructure that is critical to the nation's economic growth, health and competitiveness.
Through the authority granted by Congress in the WIIN Act, EPA is issuing this guidance to promote the swift submission and review of state permit programs, make state and federal management of coal ash more consistent, and place enforcement in the hands of state regulators those who best know the needs of local communities.
Through the WIIN Act, Congress provided authority for states to operate permit programs, as long as the EPA determines that the states requirements are at least as protective as the federal standards.