Compliance with NPDES storm water discharge permit requirements
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
Copyright © 1995 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Volume 14, Issue 1, pages 41–43, February 1995
How to Cite
Diller, J. M. (1995), Compliance with NPDES storm water discharge permit requirements. Environ. Prog., 14: 41–43. doi: 10.1002/ep.670140120
- Issue published online: 28 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has established the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) as the primary means of regulating the discharge of industrial storm water runoff under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. The SWPPPs are, or will be, a requirement of the facility's NPDES (or state equivalent) permit.
Discharge monitoring is currently reserved for only select regulated facilities. These facilities include those subject to EPCRA (SARA) Title III Section 313, land disposal sites and those with other specific categories of industrial activity identified in the regulations. However the permitting authority can, at its discretion, require discharge monitoring for any regulated facility.
This paper reviews the requirements for developing and implementing the SWPPPs. Experience obtained from developing the SWPPPs for a wide range of facilities is included. These sites have included commercial and industrial construction sites, regional landfills, small light industrial facilities, and a major industrial complex covering several hundred acres of impervious industrial area.
Special focus is given to methods for implementing the SWPPP that can improve the plan's effectiveness in meeting the facility's environmental policy objectives. A brief review of some problems and pitfalls to avoid in compliance monitoring is also included.