N.P.D.E.S. Permits for Industrial Facility Stormwater Discharges
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated final regulations for the Water Quality Act of 1987 in November 1990 which will require industrial facilities to apply for permits to cover stormwater discharges. The regulations describing the permit application requirements are given in 40 CFR Parts 122, 123, 124, and 504. The regulations allow for an individual industry to submit an applicant or for group applications for industries that are in the same industrial category. Industries can obtain permits through either individual application, group application or under a general permit. For individual applications for direct stormwater discharges associated with industrial activities an application must be submitted by November 18, 1991. For group applications for direct stormwater discharges associated with industrial activities the group representative must submit Part I of the application by March 18, 1991. EPA will act on Part I applications within 60 days and then the group representative must submit Part II of the application within one year. General permits as of the date of this paper had not been promulgated. Draft general permit language issued in November 1990, indicate that a Notice of Intent (NOI) to be permitted under a General Permit will be required within 180 days of the effective date of the general permit. Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans will be required within the same 180 days. Implementation of the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan is required within 365 days of the General Permit effective date. This paper presents an overview of the stormwater permitting requirements for individual, group and general permits. In addition it provides a discussion of conceptual approaches for satisfying both the monitoring requirements and the ???