TCEQ is in the process of renewing the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit for industrial facilities, TXR050000, which expires August 14, 2016. A public meeting will be held on November 16, 2015.
A quick synopsis of the changes include:
Changed the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code to clarify what facilities are regulated under the general permit.
Added narrative and numeric effluent limitations guidelines for airport and airplane deicing operations.
Changes to benchmark values and sampling.
Added SIC code 7699 to Sector R.
Clarified permit language in Part V, Sector P, pertaining to the storage of crude oil.
Clarified permit language in Part V, Sector I (Oil and Gas Extraction Facilities) when facilities qualify for permit coverage under the EPA NPDES permit, or when they qualify under the MSGP.
Clarified permit language in Part II, Section C.1(a) for above ground storage tanks (ASTs) requirements.
Added language to Part III, Section D.1 (c) to clarify how permittees should document zero rainfall totals, or no rain for sampling requirements.
- Added clarification to the section “Impaired Water Bodies and Total Maximum Daily Load Requirements” to address when discharges are considered discharging to an impaired water body.
Draft permit was similarly revised to clarify that an applicant who owns or operates a facility classified as an “unsatisfactory performer” is entitled to a hearing before the commission prior to denial or suspension of authorization.
You can view the full permit at: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/assets/public/permitting/stormwater/txr050000_factsheet.pdf
Written public comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 16, 2015 and may be submitted to:
Office of the Chief Clerk (MC 105)
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087