Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act (CWA) creates a framework for controlling pollution discharges into U.S. waterways and setting quality criteria for surface waters. The Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948 served as the basis for the CWA, but the Act was considerably restructured and enlarged in 1972. After revisions in 1972, the Act became known as the “Clean Water Act.” Under the CWA, discharging pollutants into navigable waters from a point source is prohibited unless a permit is first secured.

This course is designed to help environmental professionals meet their legal obligations under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

Goals of the Course

Beginning with the Clean Harbors Act of 1899 and the creation of NPDES regulations, the goal of this course will give you a background in the CWA and shed light on the restrictions centered on discharges to surface water.

training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) defined by Federal OSHA HAZWOPER for general industry.

training requirements of 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(3)(i) defined by Federal OSHA HAZWOPER for construction sector.

HAZWOPER training requirements for EPA and State OSHA guidelines.

Audience Specified

The training applies to every OSHA employee, who intends to address emergencies disturbing the
sustained operations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration office. This includes
employees handling hazardous waste material.

Learning Outcome:

The learning objectives of the course include:

Training Modules:

Module 1

History and Summary of the Clean Water Act

Module 2

Point and Non-Point source Pollution

Module 3

Basics of Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan

Module 4

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

Module 5

Stormwater Program

Module 6

Wetlands and Section 404 Permitting

Module 7

Brief Outline of related Clean Water Act Programs

Module 8

Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program of EPA

Module 9

Enforcement of Clean Water Act

Quiz and Exam Information

Module Quiz

Quiz will be held at the end of each module to comprehend the knowledge of students about that
module and its relevant aspects. It is mandatory to pass all quizzes to be able to take final

Examinable Features

Completion time

Students are expected to complete all modules and pass final exam within 6 months of the initial registration
to receive course credits. A re-registration with complete course fee will be required after the expiration of this time period.
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