Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Second Draft Georgia General Industrial Permit Released For Comment

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has released its second draft for the revised industrial general permit (IGP) for storm water discharge. The draft industrial storm water permit is designed to replace existing permit GAR000000, which expired on July 31, 2011.

The first draft of the revised permit, which included significant changes from the expired general permit, was released in June 2011. A public comment period was held on the earlier version of this permit from June 27, 2011 to August 1, 2011, and a public meeting and hearing on the Permit were held August 1, 2011. A total of 22 sets of comments were received during the comment period.

[Read summary of earlier IGP version]

As a result of comments received, minor revisions and clarifications were made to the permit. These changes have been noted in the Change Summary document, and the Comment Response document addresses the comments received. The Change Summary, Comment Response, Revised Fact Sheet and Revised Permit are now available for public comment until September 16, 2011. The draft permit will be revised if needed to address any additional comments.

Once finalized, current permittees covered under the 2006 IGP will be required to submit a new Notice of Intent (NOI) within 30 days after the effective date of the new permit. New dischargers commencing discharge after the effective date of the 2011 IGP must submit an NOI for coverage 7 days prior to commencing discharge. Also, existing facilities which had previously filed for a “No Exposure Exclusion‟ (NEE) must submit a new NEE form no later than 30 days after the effective date of the 2011 IGP. The 2011 IGP requires facilities that claim they have no storm water discharges associated with industrial activity file a “No Discharge Exclusion” (NDE) form which must be certified by a professional engineer.

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