North Dakota Stormwater-General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

North Dakota Stormwater-General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

National pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permit program: North Dakota Administrative Code (NDAC) 33-16-01-01 and NDAC 33-16-01-32

Regulatory Agencies
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North Dakota Department of Health (NDDH) Division of Water Quality

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8

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Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules.North Dakota is authorized to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program for stormwater discharges. The state issues individual permits and general permits for discharges associated with industrial facilities, construction activities, mining extraction, and paving material preparation, and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). The NPDES program is known as the North Dakota Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NDPDES) program in the state.

All discharges covered by the NDPDES permit must be composed entirely of stormwater. Applications for a discharge permit must include both a Notice of Intent (NOI) and a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) submitted to NDDH at least 30 days before the start of discharge activity. Site inspection forms must be maintained by permittees and submitted to NDDH on request, as well as discharge monitoring reports (DMRs), if applicable. There are no fees for stormwater discharge permits in the state.

North Dakota has also established state-specific permitting requirements for larger common plan construction activity.

See the national section STORMWATER—GENERAL for more information on the federal program, and the state sections STORMWATER—INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES, STORMWATER—CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES and STORMWATER—MUNICIPALITIES

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