Georgia Stormwater-General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Georgia Stormwater-General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Industrial facilities: Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (GRR) 391-3-6-.16(5)(a)(3)

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Construction activities: GRR 391-3-6-.16(5)(a)(3)

Municipalities: GRR 391-3-6-.16(5)(b)(4) to 391-3-6-.16(5)(b)(6)

Regulatory Agencies

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Watershed Protection Branch

State Soil and Water Conservation Commission

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Georgia is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program for wastewater discharges, including stormwater discharges. The state issues individual permits and general permits for industrial facilities and construction activities and for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). See the state sections STORMWATER—INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES, STORMWATER—CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES, and STORMWATER—MUNICIPALITIES for information on state requirements for specific discharges.

The state's NPDES permit requirements generally follow federal rules, with some additional requirements, such as fee calculation and submittal requirements for certain construction activities. The state has also developed additional requirements, including provisions for buffer distances for certain construction activities under the authority of the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act. See the national section STORMWATER— GENERAL for more information on the federal stormwater permitting program.

Administration and enforcement.

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