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Clean Water Groups



  • 评估符合EPA新总量每日负荷(TMDL)计划的成本和策略,
  • identifying the impact and evaluating the treatability of trace metals in refinery effluents,
  • providing guidance for establishment of site-specific water quality criteria for nutrients,
  • 确定用于在水中报告痕量污染物浓度的分析量化限制的实用程序,
  • 评估基于环境鱼组织中的污染物浓度限制的放电限制的评估程序,而不是水柱,
  • assessing the impact of new effluent guidelines for cooling water intakes, including the feasibility and cost of achieving flow reduction commensurate with complete cooling water recirculation,
  • developing ambient water quality criteria to protect aquatic life from exposure to MTBE,
  • examining the determination and use of fish consumption advisories, and
  • investigating the water quality criteria for metals.


The main focus of the Production Effluent Guidelines Task Force is on the environmental aspects of discharges associated with exploration and production activities, the "upstream" segment of the oil and natural gas industry. Effluent guidelines are technology-based regulatory limits on the concentration of pollutants discharged from industrial operations. When applied to the upstream segment of the petroleum industry, these address technologies that remove pollutants, such as oils and drilling materials, from the waste streams.

The Task Force oversees projects that:

  • monitor the development and impact of effluent guidelines,
  • evaluate treatment technology performance,
  • 开发和验证检测和测量污染物的分析方法,
  • evaluate toxicity of selected pollutants on aquatic organisms, and
  • 海上生产平台或钻井钻井柱水柱中流出物模型分散。


Upstream Water Issues Group

The Upstream Water Issues Group addresses issues concerning water regulations affecting the oil extraction sector of the petroleum industry. These efforts include:

  • identifying content of waters regulated under the Clean Water Act,
  • assessing compliance practices for meeting cooling water intake effluent guidelines on offshore platforms, and,
  • 煤炭是评估环境的评估d Methane industry for possible development of effluent guidelines.

Soils and Groundwater Technical Group


  • MTBE资源中心提供相关这种含氧化合物的信息;
  • Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (LNAPL) Resource Center, with technical material to assist in clean-up of petroleum hydrocarbons in shallow subsurface soils;
  • 乙醇资源中心提供有关此材料的信息;
  • 将石油储物的蒸汽侵入建模到地下室
  • 土壤和地下水研究公报。