Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Virginia DCR SWPPP Requirements - Proposed Changes

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has proposed certain revisions to its current General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities, which expires on June 30, 2009. Several updates have been proposed to the requirements for and contents of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for the construction site, including:

  • A requirement for the SWPPP to be made available to the public. Access to the
    SWPPP could be arranged at a time and location convenient to the operator or permittee, but no less than twice per month and during normal business hours.
  • A direct requirement that all operators implement an Erosion and Sediment
    Control plan for the site in accordance with the Erosion and Sediment Control Law and Regulations.
  • Clarification that water quality and quantity requirements must be met by the operator.
    The addition of an option for inspections of the site to be conducted every 7 days; the operator can still choose the current inspection schedule of every 14 days and within 48 hours following a runoff producing event if desired,
  • A requirement that the operator report if there has been any correspondence with Federal officials regarding endangered species on the site, and a description of any measures necessary to protect such species,
  • A requirement that any TMDL wasteload allocations made to construction activities be addressed through the implementation of control measures and strategies described in the SWPPP.

DRC anticipates that the revised permit will be published in June 2009, with an effective date of July 1, 2009.

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