Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Renews TXR050000
What it Means for Your Texas Facilities
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is in the process of renewing the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit for storm water discharges from industrial facilities, TXR050000. The current permits are schedule to expire on August 14, 2016.
Renewal will require the submission of a new Notice of Intent (NOI) and permit fee. Based upon the draft permit issued by the TCEQ, significant changes to the current storm water discharge regulations/requirements are not anticipated.
Updating or revising the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) associated with the permit is not required to coincide with the NOI submittal; however SWPPPs are required to be reviewed and updated on a regular basis to account for any changes in site operations or conditions.
While the EPA and numerous state agencies (including the TCEQ) provide templates for creating a SWPPP, adopting a more strategic program design, implementation, and long-term management approach provides higher return on investment as well as a lower risk for potential violations and monetary fines.
Texas has its own requirements that must be incorporated in a SWPPP and engaging an experienced environmental consulting firm provides Texas-specific program expertise to identify, mitigate, and manage environmental business risks. Working with experts can also ensure that any prior violations don’t lead to more serious consequences in the future, and ensure a fit-for-purpose approach to navigating federal, state and local regulatory environments.
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Antea Group has extensive experience developing and updating SWPPPs for Texas companies, such as railroad yards, oil and gas facilities, bulk liquid terminals, the food service and beverage industry, manufacturers and many other commercial and industrial facilities nationwide. We specialize in providing business solutions including compliance risk gap analysis, program design, permit management, and program compliance management.
We have the resources to not only develop the SWPPP and compile the information necessary for the NOI submittal, but also to advise you on multi-jurisdictional issues, including local (city, county, and district) authorities. Our professional engineers can also support you on developing or revising, your:
- Site description, storm water pollution prevention team, and summary of potential pollutant sources.
- Storm water control measures, including Best Management Practices, engineered and/or administrative controls.
- Schedules and procedures for inspections and monitoring activities.
- Employee training programs.