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"Opposition to Building-Permit Changes Mounts"

07/20/2007 Daily Journal

Nossaman Partner Mary Lynn Coffee is quoted in this article for her representation of many parties within the building community, including the Building Industry Association, all of whom are displeased with proposed amendments to the permit regulating run-off from construction sites. The California State Water Resources Board is currently reviewing public comments on the proposed amendments submitted in June and any final changes to the current General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activity are expected to take place by the end of the year. The building industry along with school districts and others oppose the proposed amendments because the cost to implement the changes would be prohibitive. Current estimates by the Los Angeles County Office of Education put the cost to meet the new proposed standards at between $100,000 to $500,000 per school.

Ms. Coffee said, "I think the reason we have seen the reversal is that the environmental groups have not at all let up on the drumbeat to include numeric limits," when referring to the proposed amendments which many consider a complete reversal in the stance previously taken by the California State Water Resources Board with respect to construction run-off permitting.

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