Old Saybrook, CT, October 3, 2008— On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of the 2008 Multi-sector General Permit (MSGP) in the Federal Register - after a 3 year wait. The MSGP 2008 replaces the 2000 MSGP which expired in October 2005, and regulates and authorizes the discharge of stormwater associated with industrial activities. The permit was effective on September 29, 2008 and your stormwater plan must be in place before the Notice of Intent (NOI) submission deadline.
BLR® encourages industrial business owners and facility operators who are impacted by the 2008 Multi-sector General Permit (MSGP) change to act quickly. The submission deadline for NOIs for existing permit holders and unpermitted current dischargers is Jan 5, 2009. Businesses not in compliance with stormwater requirements face up to $32,500 in fines per day.
“The structure of the 2008 MSGP differs greatly from the 2000 MSGP, providing greater distinction between effluent limitations and the requirements of the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan,” said Amanda Czepiel, JD, Legal Editor for Environmental Compliance at BLR. “Building owners and facility operators with industrial stormwater discharges should expect new monitoring and reporting requirements, and new procedures for determining eligibility under the Endangered Species and National Historic Preservation Acts and for calculating site-specific benchmarks.”
The new 2008 Multi-sector General Permit (MSGP) affects building owners and facility operators in 29 different industrial sectors located in five states where EPA is the permitting authority, Indian country, and at federal facilities in all 50 states. Many states also use the 2008 MSGP as a basis for the formulation of their own, state-specific permits. To help understand the new permit and its impact, BLR has made a number of resources available:
Summary of Permit Impact on Industrial Owners and Operators
What Owners and Operators need to do now to prepare:
For media who would like to talk to Stormwater subject-matter expert Amanda Czepiel, JD, Legal Editor for Environmental at BLR, please call (800) 727-5257 X2442 or email: Media @ BLR.com
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