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All Industrial Facilities Required To Reapply For Georgia General Permit In 2017

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

The current Georgia industrial stormwater general discharge permit expires on May 31, 2017. The revised NPDES General Storm Water Permit For Discharges of Stormwater Associated With Industrial Activity (2017 IGP) was finalized in 2016 and becomes effective on June 1, 2017. The revised permit made some modifications to requirements permitted facilities must meet, but not as substantial changes compared to the release of the 2012 IGP.

Summary of 2012 IGP

What If My Facility Is Already Covered Under the Existing Permit?

Current permittees are required to submit a new Notice of Intent (NOI) to obtain coverage under the 2017 IGP and to maintain coverage for discharging stormwater associated with industrial activities. Facilities previously covered under the 2012 IGP will have up to 30 days to submit the new NOI for coverage under the updated 2017 IGP after the effective date.

What If I Exceeded Benchmarks Under Current Permit?

If a facility exceeded the impaired waters benchmark based on the criteria presented in 2012 IGP permit,  the facility has the option to conduct 12 months of flow-weighted composite sampling to demonstrate the discharge does not cause or contribute to an exceedance of water quality standards, or make the necessary improvements to the facility to achieve the instream water quality standard as an effluent limit within 36 months. If the facility still is unable to meet the impaired waters benchmark(s), they may not be authorized to discharge stormwater under the 2017 IGP and may be required to apply for an individual NPDES permit or alternative general permit.

Facilities that failed to meet the applicable benchmarks of the 2012 IGP permit have the option to sample their discharge(s) for 12 months to confirm whether the facility causes or contributes to an exceedance of the applicable Water Quality Standard, or prevent all exposure of industrial processes, materials, and equipment to stormwater, and/or capture and treat storm events of up to 1.2 inches within industrial areas exposed to stormwater within 36 months.

What If I Am Covered Under A No Exposure Exclusion?

Existing facilities that filed under the ‘No Exposure Exclusion’ (NEE) of the 2012 IGP must submit a new NEE form no later than 30 days after the effective date of the 2017 IGP to retain NEE status.

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SWPPP Permit Compliance Program Development For Georgia Paper Products Plant

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Georgia Stormwater Permit Compliance Program Development
Client:
International Paper Products Sector Corporation
Location(s):
Georgia

Key Elements: SWPPP Template, SWPPP Inspection Checklist, Stormwater Monitoring Plan, Permit Compliance Plan

Overview: Caltha LLP was selected as the stormwater consultant for this Georgia plant. Work was to develop the programs needed to comply with the Georgia EDP general industrial discharge permit, permit no. GAR050000. Caltha prepared the facility stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) using our Georgia SWPPP Template, prepared various site-specific forms and checklists, including quarterly inspection checklists, Annual Comprehensive Site Compliance Evaluation Report form, non-stormwater discharge certification, and other required forms.

For more information on Caltha LLP SWPPP services, go to the Environmental Health & Safety Plan | Spill Plan Information Request Form.

Georgia Industrial Stormwater Permit Annual Report Due January 31

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

For industrial facilities covered under the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division (EPD) NPDES General Permit GAR050000 (2012 IGP) Authorization to Discharge Storm Water Associated with Industrial Activity, an Annual Report is due by January 31 each year. The Annual Report Form requires the permitted facility to certify that they have completed the required compliance tasks associated with their industrial sector, which may include:

  • Certification that the facility has a current Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) that includes all elements required by the 2012 IGP
  • Certification that the Quarterly Inspections and the Annual Comprehensive Site Evaluation were conducted
  • Certification that the facility has inspected for the presence of non-storm water discharges and document findings in the SWPPP
  • Certification that facility has performed a smoke, dye or equivalent test
  • Certification that the facility has conducted all required sector specific benchmark annual sampling, and provided a summary of the results
  • Certification that the facility has reviewed EPD’s most current 305(b)/303(d) impaired stream segment list to determine if facility is discharging within one mile of any segment listed as impaired and list of approved TMDLs for the current year
  • Certification that the facility has conducted impaired water discharge sampling if required in Appendix C of the Permit

Caltha provides technical support to industrial dischargers across Georgia to assist in development of compliance programs to meet State requirements. For further information go to:

Storm Water Permitting & Compliance Services Page

Approval of Changes To Georgia Hazardous Waste Rules

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed final authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions submitted by the Geogia Environmental Protection Division. Georgia applied to EPA for final authorization of changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization. Unless EPA receives written comments that oppose this authorization during the comment period, the decision to authorize Georgia’s changes to its hazardous waste program will take effect on July 1, 2013.

In 2007 and 2008, Georgia submitted final complete program revision applications, seeking authorization of its changes in accordance with 40 CFR 271.21. EPA has determined there are no State requirements in this program revision considered to be more stringent or broader in scope than the Federal requirements.
While Georgia has adopted the necessary regulations to receive authorization for the Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest Rule, EPA cannot delegate the Federal manifest registry functions or the export or import provisions. As a result, EPA will continue to implement these requirements. Similarly, EPA cannot delegate the Federal requirements at 40 CFR 261.39(a)(5), 261.40 and 261.41 contained in the Cathode Ray Tubes Rule. While Georgia has properly adopted these requirements by reference at Georgia Hazardous Waste Management Rule 391-3-11-.07(1), EPA will continue to implement these requirements.

Georgia will issue permits for all the provisions for which it is authorized and will administer the permits it issues. EPA will continue to administer any RCRA hazardous waste permits or portions of permits which EPA issued prior to the effective date of the authorization until they expire or are terminated. EPA will not issue any more permits or new portions of permits for the provisions listed in the authorization after the effective date. EPA will continue to implement and issue permits for HSWA requirements for which Georgia is not authorized.

Metal Recycling Facility SWPPP, Benchmark Monitoring For Discharge To Georgia Impaired Waters

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Industrial Storm Water Permitting, SWPPP Certification & Compliance with Impaired Waters Requirements
Client: Scrap Metal Recycling facility
Location(s): Georgia

Key Elements: SWPPP preparation, Stormwater monitoring, Compliance plan, Impaired waters consulting

Overview: Caltha LLP has provided consulting services to this scrap metal recycling facility to meet the Georgia industrial storm water rules and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division of the Department of Natural Resources general industrial discharge permit. Services included preparing facility stormwater pollution prevention plan using Caltha’s Georgia SWPPP template, preparation of site-specific inspection checklists to comply with State inspection requirements, preparation of site-specific stormwater monitoring plan to meet State requirements applicable to this industrial sector, including additional requirements for discharges to listed impaired waters. Caltha then provided ad hoc technical support to facilities to address questions during roll-out of the compliance programs.

For more information on Caltha LLP SWPPP services, go to the Environmental Health & Safety Plan | Spill Plan Information Request Form.

Environmental Compliance Audit For Georgia Chemical Repackaging Plan

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Multi-media Environmental Compliance Audit
Client: Chemical Repackaging Plant
Location(s): Georgia

Key Elements: Compliance audit

Overview: Caltha preformed a multimedia compliance audits for this chemical mixing and repackaging operation located near Atlanta, Georgia. The scope of the audit included Federal, State, County and City requirements in addition to company policies and industry standards applicable to the operations environmental aspects. Regulatory programs addressed in the audit included:

OSHA
Hazard Communication

EPCRA
EPCRA 311-312,
EPCRA 313

Hazardous and Solid Waste Management
Federal RCRA rules
State waste rules
Universal waste rules

Clean Air Act
Federal air emission rules
Federal NESHAP standards
Federal RMP rule
Site air emission permit
State air emission rules

Clean Water Act
Authorized/Unauthorized Discharges
Stormwater Discharge NEC compliance
SPCC Rule Compliance
Spill Notification and Reporting
Federal Industrial pretreatment rules
Industrial discharger permit

TSCA
Current registration
Inventory Update Rule IUR Reporting
Chemical Data Rule CDR Reporting

Tanks
Aboveground tank rules
Underground tank rules

For more information on Caltha LLP services, go to the Caltha Contact Page

Logistics Industrial Storm Water Permitting & Compliance

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Industrial Storm Water Permitting & Compliance
Client: International Retailer
Location(s): California, Washington, Utah, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, Kansas, Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina, Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, Connecticut, Missouri

Key Elements: SWPPP preparation, Stormwater monitoring, Compliance plan, Permit application

Overview: Caltha LLP has provided consulting services to this international retailer at multiple logistics and warehousing locations to comply with individual State industrial stormwater rules. Services included preparing facility stormwater pollution prevention plans, preparation of State or EPA application forms (Notice of Intent), preparation of site-specific inspection checklists to comply with individual State inspection requirements, preparation of site-specific stormwater monitoring and benchmark monitoring plans to meet State requirements applicable to this industrial sector. Caltha then provided ad hoc technical support to facilities to address questions during roll-out of the compliance programs.

For more information on Caltha LLP SWPPP services, go to the Environmental Health & Safety Plan | Spill Plan Information Request Form.

Industrial Storm Water Permitting & Compliance

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Industrial Storm Water Permitting & Compliance
Client: National manufacturer
Location(s): California, Utah, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, Kansas, Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee

Key Elements: SWPPP, Stormwater monitoring, Compliance plan, Permit application

Overview: Caltha LLP has provided consulting services to this manufacturing at multiple locations to comply with individual State industrial stormwater rules. Services included preparing facility stormwater pollution prevention plans, preparation of State or EPA application forms (Notice of Intent), preparation of site-specific inspection checklists to comply with individual State inspection requirements, preparation of site-specific stormwater monitoring and benchmark monitoring plans to meet State requirements applicable to this industrial sector. Caltha then provided ad hoc technical support to facilities to address questions during roll-out of the compliance programs.

For more information on Caltha LLP SWPPP services, go to the Environmental Health & Safety Plan | Spill Plan Information Request Form.

EPA Rulemaking To Address State Requirements For Startup, Shutdown, or Malfunction

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The EPA is proposing to take action on a petition for rulemaking filed by the Sierra Club in 2011 concerning the treatment of excess emissions in state rules by sources during periods of startup, shutdown, or malfunction (SSM). EPA is proposing to grant in part and to deny in part the request to rescind its policy interpreting the Clean Air Act (CAA) to allow states to have appropriately drawn state implementation plan (SIP) provisions that provide affirmative defenses to monetary penalties for violations during periods of SSM. The EPA is also proposing either to grant or to deny the Petition regarding existing SIP provisions related to SSM in each of 39 states identified in the petition.

For each of those states where EPA proposes to grant the petition concerning specific provisions, EPA also is proposing to find that the existing SIP provision is substantially inadequate to meet CAA requirements and proposes a “SIP call.” For those affected states EPA will require the states to submit a corrective SIP revision. Comments on the proposed actions must be received on or before March 25, 2013.

Through this rulemaking, EPA intends to clarify its interpretation of the CAA regarding excess emissions during SSM events. EPA may find specific SIP provisions to be substantially inadequate to meet CAA requirements; if a state’s existing SIP provision allows an automatic exemption for excess emissions during periods of startup, shutdown, or malfunction, then the EPA may determine that the SIP provision is substantially inadequate because the provision is inconsistent with requirements of the CAA.
The affected States include:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wyoming

Georgia Industrial Storm Water SWPPP Template and Compliance Plan

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division(EPD) has finalized a revised General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity (Multi-Sector General Permit, or MSGP). This permit replaces the previous Georgia general permit, which had expired in July 2011. The Georgia general permit is modeled after the US EPA MSGP and defines sector specific requirements for each of 29 different industrial sectors. For many facilities subject to the previous general permit, the revised MSGP will require a significant revision to the facility stormwater pollution prevention plan, or SWPPP. Facilities must submit a new NOI for permit coverage by June 30, 2012, including certification that the operation is in compliance with new requirements.
Read a Summary of the Revised Georgia Industrial Permit Requirements

To reduce the level of effort required for facilities to come into compliance with new permit requirements, Caltha LLP has prepared a SWPPP template based on Georgia permit requirements, including Georgia specific quarterly inspection checklist, quarterly visual assessment checklist, quarterly benchmark monitoring checklist, and an annual comprehensive site inspection checklist. Caltha has also prepared a Georgia Stormwater Permit Compliance Plan to assist permitted facilities in organizing and planning new compliance requirements under the EPD general permit.

For more information on the new Georgia industrial SWPPP template, compliance plan and expert SWPPP consulting services, email Caltha at info@calthacompany.com