Gino DiCaro

Storm water industrial permit update

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, June 24, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has proposed a revised industrial storm water permit that would force  businesses and public agencies to comply with several new requirements that are over and above what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandates and will result in hundreds of millions of dollars in additional costs with no proven environmental benefits.  SWRCB has not been willing to conduct any cost/benefit analysis or to look at less costly alternative methods to control storm water runoff.

SWRCB’s resistance occurs in spite of the fact that more than 240 trade agencies, public entities, legislators and businesses have either testified or sent letters objecting to this “Industrial Storm Water Permit.”
In April, twenty-four state legislators signed a letter urging SWRCB to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of this action and substantively engage with stakeholders.  Unfortunately, SWRCB has so far ignored these requests.  They have scheduled no new workshops or any other substantive meetings with stakeholders.  They have prohibited Water Board Members from even meeting with stakeholders.  Furthermore, they have stated there will be no cost-benefit analysis conducted on the permit. 

Despite this reasonable request, SWRCB continues to forge ahead on this permit ignoring the facts presented to them by schools, local governments, legislators and businesses on the costs of implementation.

CMTA leads a large coalition of stakeholders trying to bring some reasonableness to the revised permit requirements. The draft permit is on schedule to be issued this summer.


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