William T. Session Speaks on Panel for the Missouri Waste Control Coalition (MWCC) at its 2014 Environmental Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

by The Session Law Firm on July 28th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, MO (July 9, 2014) – William T. Session, President of The Session Law Firm, PC an environmental law firm based in Kansas City, Mo., participated on a panel at the meeting of the Missouri Waste Control Coalition on June 30, 2014.  Mr. Session presented on an important, emerging Clean Water Act issue.

Mr. Session’s presentation was titled “Residual Designation Authority: Bombshell or Bust?”.  The presentation addressed the fact that several nationally prominent environmental groups have recently filed “residual designation authority” petitions for stormwater discharges across several EPA Regions.  This “authority” may be unfamiliar to some but it’s actually a very big deal.

RDA, in general, deals with urban stormwater runoff and the challenges this water source presents to water quality of the nation’s waterways. Urban runoff is second only to agricultural runoff as a source of water quality impairment and can be more damaging to water quality than agricultural sources.  Many point sources of urban stormwater runoff escape coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System though these sources can generate runoff, but they generally aren’t industrial and therefore escape coverage under the industrial program.  Owners and operators of facilities (private and public) should be aware of this developing regulatory initiative.  Responding to efforts to deploy and administer RDA permitting can be costly.  The presentation addressed these concerns and related responses from the regulated community.

The Missouri Waste Control Coalition (MWCC) is a 400-member not-for-profit organization which is concerned with environmental issues.  The statewide organization is a coalition of citizens, businesses, consultants, regulators, and others concerned with the management and disposal of generated wastes and other environmental issues.

Annually, the MWCC sponsors the MWCC Environmental Conference, a conference that has run continuously since 1972, making it one of the oldest environmental conferences in the nation.

About The Session Law Firm, PC

The Session Law Firm, PC has delivered compelling solutions in the practice of environmental law for over 20 years. When experience meets innovation, the results are impressive.  Add a responsive group of exceedingly knowledgeable attorneys, and you have The Session Law Firm.  When the deepest understanding of the environment is required and innovation in crafting solutions to complex environmental legal challenges is necessary, The Session Law Firm excels.

The firm has been involved in many forms of complex environmental issues and litigation across the Midwest and throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.session.com.

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