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On April 1, 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) adopted a statewide, general National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for industrial storm water discharges (General Permit). The General Permit, which becomes effective July 1, 2015, replaces Water Quality Order 97-03-DWQ, the general industrial storm water permit previously issued by the State Board in 1997. It is estimated that as many as 30,000 industrial storm water dischargers will be covered under the General Permit.
Dischargers that are covered under the General Permit must submit Permit Registration Documents (PRDs) via the State Board’s SMARTS online database system, making the information more readily available to the public. The General Permit also differs significantly from the previous order in several other important respects:
The new requirements, including more frequent monitoring and reporting requirements, are significant. Covered industrial facilities must submit the required documentation and register for enrollment by July 1, 2015, for Notice of Intent coverage, or October 1, 2015, for NEC coverage, but permittees are advised to prepare in advance of these deadlines. For more information on the General Permit requirements, please contact Brittany Lewis-Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org.
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