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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Issues 2021 NPDES MSGP for Industrial Stormwater Discharges
WHAT IS NPDES?
The NPDES, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, stormwater program regulates some stormwater discharges from three potential sources: municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4’s), construction activities, and industrial activities. Operators might be required to obtain coverage under the general permit for point source discharges of stormwater runoff associated with industrial activity before they can discharge their stormwater. This permitting mechanism is designed to control the water quality and prevent stormwater runoff from washing harmful pollutants into local surface waters.
WHAT IS THE MSGP FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES?
Industrial stormwater permitting is an important part of the Clean Water Act to ensure surface water protection by requiring certain industrial activities to obtain permit coverage to discharge stormwater to waters of the U.S. Unlike wastewater that is treated before being discharged, stormwater does not get treated. The stormwater program relies on best management practices to minimize pollutants in stormwater discharges from industrial facilities.
The MSGP is a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit that covers new and existing discharges of stormwater from industrial facilities. Industrial facilities conduct activities and use materials that have the potential to impact the quality of US waters. The permit requires facilities to examine potential sources of pollution, implement measures to reduce the risk of stormwater contamination, and test stormwater discharges for sources of pollution by developing a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP).
RSB can assist you identify the permit applicability for your facility. RSB offers a wide range of regulatory compliance services and fully understands the federal, state, and local regulations associated with each service. Our Team of professional engineers and scientists has extensive experience in air, water, and solid waste regulatory requirements, hazardous materials management, and compliance.
How do I obtain coverage under the Multi Sector General Permit (MSGP)?
The process to obtain coverage under the MSGP first requires the creation and implementation of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) followed by submitting a NOI by either using the iNOI online system or submitting a complete paper Notice of Intent (NOI).
Once a permit is obtained the facility is required to perform regular inspections, training, sampling and annual or quarterly reporting to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to stay in compliance.
RSB Environmental has developed a Stormwater management monthly program to implemented and managed the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Permitting to fulfill all Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements for any type of industrial activity as well as for concrete ready mix facilities.
Renewal of the Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP)
Coverage under the Multi-Sector Generic Permit for Stormwater Discharge Associated with Industrial Activity is effective for a period of five years. On January 15, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed and issued a 2021 update to the Multi Sector General Permit for industrial stormwater discharges. The 2021 MSGP will become effective on March 1, 2021 and will replace the 2015 MSGP. Operators with permit coverage under the 2015 MSGP have until May 30, 2021, to renew the permit.
If your facility is located in Texas, your expiration date is August 14, 2021. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is in the process of renewing the TPDES Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit, TXR050000. It is expected TCEQ will release the final edits on the permit in March 2021. The new permit will go into effect on August 14th 2021,
To renew the permit coverage, the facility must ensure the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) has been updated to reflect the updates on the new permit and conditions currently occurring at the facility and submit a new Notice of Intent (NOI).
Actions required for existing facilities with permit coverage:
Actions required for existing facility with a No Exposure Certification (NEC):
Actions required for new facilities
For existing facilities that should have had permit coverage and did not:
STORMWATER POLLUTION PREVENTION PLAN (SWPPP) HOUSTON AND NATIONWIDE
A SWPPP is required for compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit and by State/Federal Regulations. The Multi Sector Permit covers the industrial stormwater activities exposed to rainwater and runoff.
The SWPPP is a living document and should be updated as site conditions changes or if current Best Management Practices (BMPs) fail to achieve the intended results. The SWPPP should also include documentation demonstrating regular inspections, training, and sampling have been performed in accordance with any permits specific to your facility. RSB can help your facility meet Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) or your regulatory agency requirements.
RSB site specific SWPPP plan contains:
If you require assistance understanding the new requirements, permit applicability, or need assistance with renewing your multi sector general permit including updating your SWP3, please contact us at 1-888-760-6802. RSB has extensive experienced on NPDES permitting and can help you reach and stay in compliance.
STORMWATER POLLUTION PREVENTION PLAN (SWPPP) HOUSTON AND NATIONWIDE
At RSB Environmental we recognize that many managers and staff do not have the man-hours and/or experience to ensure that all required compliance tasks, including storm water, are being done in the required timeframe(s).
And while many facilities support Health, Safety, and Environmental Management Systems, and would like to implement them, fiscal and operational constraints frequently preclude developing and implementing a system.
To assist you in taking that first step toward a system and obtaining that level of storm water compliance comfort, RSB Environmental has developed a new concept in environmental health and safety consulting services.
RSB Environmental has come up with a fixed fee monthly program to address all requirements of national pollutant discharge elimination Stormwater Permits and Plans. We call this program… Storm CHESS. Stormwater runoff can harm rivers, streams, lakes, and coastal waters. So, to protect these resources, communities, construction companies, industries, and others, use stormwater controls, known as best management practices (BMP’s). These BMP’s filter out pollutants and/or prevent pollution by controlling it at its source.
RSB provides Outsourced Stormwater Services including a fixed fee monthly program (starting at $500 per month) to address all requirements of national pollutant discharge elimination Stormwater Permit and Plan as required by law. We can assist you in developing a stormwater management system that ensures compliancy thus avoiding costly fines and penalties.
Our team of engineers and environmental professionals will help mitigate risk by implementing Best Management Practices (BMP), collect samples, analyze, and report them to the State and Local agencies. Headquartered in Houston, Texas we also have field offices in cities across America.
All SWPPP, NPDES-Multi Sector General Permit Stormwater Plans and Permits are completed by experienced staff and licensed, professional engineers with a minimum of 10 years of experience in multiple environmental disciplines. Our prices are affordable and cost-effective because we are a mid-size employee-owned company without the overhead and expenses of a large company.
At RSB Environmental we recognize that cost reductions occur through proactive compliance with relevant health, safety and environmental regulations that can improve your lost incident rate, reduce accidents, and let you plan for environmental issues. We have developed a new concept in environmental health and safety consulting services at a fraction of the cost.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you need help complying with the new Permit, or have questions.
We have extensive experience with applying for storm water coverage, preparing SWPPPs and managing storm water compliance programs for a wide range of industrial facilities throughout the nation.