EPA Issues New, Improved Stormwater Permit
Facilities are required to install control measures that meet established technology- and water quality-based effluent limits and must develop a plan to prevent stormwater contamination. The new permit, which replaces the one issued in 2000, also features several improvements from the previous permit including easier to understand discharge requirements and Web-based tools for locating waterbodies.
“These new controls will help prevent stormwater pollution, one of the country’s greatest threats to water, and improve reporting and accountability at industrial sites,” said Benjamin H. Grumbles, EPA’s assistant administrator for water.
Other improvements include fast and easy electronic filing of Notices of Intent and monitoring report and updated monitoring, inspection and corrective action schedules.
The MSGP applies to facilities in states and territories not authorized to implement EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program including
Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, parts of Texas and Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, and the territories of Guam, American Samoa, Johnston Atoll, and Midway and Wake Islands. The MSGP also applies to facilities located in Indian Country lands in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, California, Nevada, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, as well as to industrial activities taking place on Federal Facilities in Vermont, Delaware and Washington.