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CA’s New Industrial Storm Water Discharge Permit is effective July 1, 2015

Are you aware of the changes to California’s Industrial Stormwater Discharge Permit? Are you prepared to submit electronically?

What are stormwater permits and why do I need to know?

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States. Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snowmelt events flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground. As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff is discharged untreated. Most stormwater discharges are considered point sources and require coverage under an NPDES permit. Click to learn more about the Stormwater program. Most states are authorized to implement the Stormwater NPDES permitting program. EPA remains the permitting authority in a few states, territories, and on most land in Indian Country.

CalEPA stormwater

Are you in California? Ready for the New Industrial Stormwater Permit?

In California, the CalEPA’s State Water Resources Board is the authority. The new Industrial General Permit (IGP) was adopted April 1, 2014 and is effective July 1, 2015. The IGP requires electronic applications and reporting. If you missed the
2015 Workshops for the New Industrial General Permit, we’ll be happy to discuss changes and the process with you, as well as perform the permitting for you. There are also resources available online such as the Summary of Significant Changes for the New Industrial General Permit.


 TAIT’s professional environmental consultants can provide one or all of the following services associated with this plan: 

  1. Preparation of the Notice of Intent (NOI) and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and Site Map for the new General Permit. Assist clients with the electronic upload of the required information into the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Storm Water Multiple Application and Report Tracking System (SMARTS).
  2. Perform and document monthly inspections of the facilities to visually observe the best management practices (BMPs) for each drainage area for:
    • Unauthorized non-storm water discharges (NSWDs)
    • Authorized NSWDs
    • Outdoor Industrial activities, BMPs, potential pollutant sources
  3. Perform Qualifying Storm Event (QSE sampling):
    • 2 sampling events within first half of reporting year
    • 2 sampling events within second half of reporting year
    • Upload of sampling data into SMARTS database
  4. Prepare annual reports of facility activities, inspections, and sampling for the calendar year ending on July 1 of each year.  Upload of reports into the SMARTS database.
  5. If your facility qualifies for a No Exposure Certification (NEC), TAIT can assist with the preparation and uploading of the initial Permit Registration Documents (PRDs) and annual recertification documents via SMARTS.

Reach out to us and ask any questions you have. The deadline is coming up quickly, and we are here to help 🙂

TCEQ _ Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

TCEQ Issues a New Phase II MS4

TCEQ Issues a New Phase II MS4

The TCEQ – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality‘s publication The Advocate – writing for and about small businesses and local governments affected by environmental regulations published this update:

TCEQ _ Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The new TPDES general permit for Phase II (Small) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.  TXR040000 became effective December 13, 2013. Operators of small MS4s must apply for authorization under the new permit by June 11, 2014.

Municipalities and other entities such as counties, universities, and special districts may be regulated MS4 operators if their roads, streets, gutters, ditches, channels, drains, or other stormwater conveyances are located within an urbanized area (UA). Maps identifying the urbanized areas are listed by city and state at the United States Census Bureau website.

To obtain permit coverage, submit a new Notice of Intent, a $100 application fee, and a Stormwater Management Program before June 11, 2014. Existing authorizations will remain active until the new applications are approved.

MS4s serving a population of fewer than 1,000 within a UA may qualify for a waiver. Those applications must also be submitted before June 11, 2014. Provisional coverage begins 30 days after the TCEQ receives the application.

The reissued general permit, factsheet, Response to Comments, and a Frequently Asked Questions document are now available on the TCEQ website.

The revised NOI Form No. 20368 and Waiver Form No. 20369 can be found on the TCEQ website. Forms from the previous permit period are no longer valid and will not be processed.

Additional compliance resources are available at Assistance Tools for Stormwater Permitting

For help understanding the requirements or the permitting process, contact the Small Business & Local Government Assistance Section’s compliance hotline at 1-800-447-2827 or the Stormwater & Pretreatment Team at 512-239-4671 or by email.