USFS Seeks First CWA Permits For Aerial Firefighting As GOP Seeks Waiver

March 24, 2023
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is seeking first-time Clean Water Act (CWA) permits from EPA that would cover aerial discharges of firefighting chemicals that may reach protected waters, even as Republicans in Congress are pushing a bill to exempt the practice from such permit requirements. “The Forest Service has commenced the process to obtain Clean Water Act permits that will authorize the discharge of aerial fire retardant into waters, including entering a Federal Facilities Compliance Agreement with [EPA],” the Justice...

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