New draft industrial storm water permit released

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, July 19, 2012 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On Wednesday, July 18th, California’s State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released a new draft of requirements for general industrial storm water permits which will affect every manufacturer in the state.

The General Industrial Permit is a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit that regulates discharges associated with ten broad categories of industrial activities. The General Industrial Permit requires the implementation of management measures that will achieve the performance standard of best available technology economically achievable (BAT) and best conventional pollutant control technology (BCT). The General Industrial Permit also requires the development of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and a monitoring plan. Through the SWPPP, sources of pollutants are to be identified and the means to manage the sources to reduce storm water pollution are described. The General Industrial Permit requires that an annual report be submitted each July 1.

Written comments will be accepted until 12 noon on September 21, 2012.  The 2012 Draft NPDES Industrial General Permit and associated documents may be viewed and downloaded from the State Water Board’s website at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/industrial.shtml

Written comments and any written materials are encouraged to be submitted electronically in pdf text format (if less than 15 megabytes in total size) to the Clerk to the Board via e-mail at commentletters@waterboards.ca.gov. If the file is greater than 15 megabytes in total size, then the comment letter may be submitted by fax at (916) 341-5620. Please indicate the subject line: “Comment Letter – Industrial General Permit”

It was announced that SWRCB staff will conduct two informal workshops in August to answer questions and receive informal feedback. The location and time of the staff workshops are as follows:

    Southern California Staff Workshop
    Wednesday, August 8, 2012
    Noon - 3 pm   
    South Coast AQMD Auditorium
    21865 Copley Drive
    Diamond Bar, CA 91765  

    Northern California Workshop
    Friday, August 10, 2012
    Noon - 3 pm
    CalEPA Building
    Byron Sher Hearing Room
    1001 I Street, Second Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814

The SWRCB will also hold a public hearing to accept comments on October 17th and although a quorum of the Board may be present, no Board action will be taken. The location and time of the hearing are provided below and there will be a live Webcast:

    Public Hearing
    Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 9 am
    Cal/EPA Building
    Coastal Hearing Room
    1001 I Street, Second Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814

The Board is expected to vote on the permit before the end of the year.

Please feel free to discuss any questions or problems you anticipate with Mike Rogge, CMTA’s Policy Director for Environmental Quality at mrogge@cmta.net.

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