Water Quality And Regulatory Support
In the 1970’s, after the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program had been implemented for point source discharges to U.S. waterways, EPA became aware that control of these sources alone would not protect our rivers and lakes for recreational enjoyment. Non-point sources, or pollution washed into streams during storm events, remained a significant source of impairment. In response to this, EPA required all “industrial activities” to obtain discharge permits (40 CFR 122.26). The regulatory definition of “industrial activity” is very broad, and includes most types of raw material handling and manufacturing facilities.
For most facilities the simplest way to obtain a storm water discharge permit is to request coverage under the state’s General Permit, which requires the facility to develop and implement a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). The SWPPP identifies the potential pollutant sources, describes management practices, and establishes training, inspection and sampling procedures to minimize storm water impacts.
Georgia reissued the state’s General Permit for Storm Water Discharges from Industrial Activities in May 2006 and introduced several new requirements, including:
- Submission of annual compliance reports
- Sampling twice per quarter for pollutants of concern for discharges within one mile of an impaired stream
- Performance of quarterly reinspections for all “No Exposure” certifications
- Submission of a new Notice of Intent (NOI) for coverage in June 2006
- Revision of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans by September 2006
Resolve’s engineers have developed over 100 SWPPPs for industrial facilities throughout the Southern and Mid-West states. Our participation on Georgia’s Permit Work Group for negotiating the new General Permit means we know all the details of the new requirements. Our thorough and comprehensive plans have been reviewed and accepted by numerous state agencies, and by US EPA during their focused review of wood treatment facilities, so you can rest assured of compliance when one of our SWPPPs is implemented. Our checklist-based compliance system is simple to implement and keep up with, so you can maintain compliance with a minimum of your time. Our 13+ years of experience in this area has taught us that the best plan is one that can be understood, implemented and maintained with a minimum of time, effort and expense. Our approach saves facilities money through our targeted strategies, including stream delistings, water quality modeling and enhanced BMP design.