Stormwater Permit and Management Compliance
Stormwater runoff is a major problem, polluting rivers, lakes, streams, and coastal waters. The runoff accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment, or other pollutants that could impact water quality if the runoff is discharged untreated. It can also cause a major compliance headache. Under federal EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES program, stormwater discharges from thousands of industrial facilities, municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), and construction sites require a stormwater permit and a stormwater pollution prevention plan, or SWPPP.
The EPA developed the NPDES program under the Clean Water Act to regulate wastewater and stormwater discharge sources and has delegated this permitting authority to most states. Not securing a permit or complying with stormwater permit conditions can—and will—hurt you. Consider:
- A New York developer paid a $100,000 settlement for violations of the terms of a construction stormwater permit and had to stop work on the site until its SWPPP was approved.
- A California container terminal company was fined $47,100 for failing to implement best management practices, or BMPs, and for failing to develop an adequate SWPPP for company operations.
Fines for stormwater permit violations can reach well over $51,000 per day! If your facility, construction site, or municipal discharge system is regulated for stormwater runoff, you must have either an individual stormwater permit or a general stormwater permit, or you could face civil or criminal penalties.
Obtaining a permit is far from the only obligation you must fulfill—numerous permit conditions apply, and you must have the proper tools and an adequate SWPPP for stormwater monitoring, training, recordkeeping, and reporting. Remember, federal and state authorities have the right to inspect to see if a facility or site is in compliance.
Enviro.BLR.com provides comprehensive state and federal storm water compliance analysis. It also offers extensive storm water compliance and training guidance documents, sample plans, forms, and checklists.
Some of the most used stormwater compliance tools available from BLR include:
- Stormwater regulatory analysis, including the complete Clean Water Act (CWA) law and regulations
- EPA guidance documents
- Employee training materials
- Customizable, prewritten SWPPP
- Stormwater reporting and recordkeeping forms
- Stormwater compliance checklists
If you need a stormwater compliance solution, BLR has it!
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