The New Industrial General Stormwater Permit will go into effect on July 1, 2015
Industrial facilities will need to enroll for coverage under the new Industrial General Stormwater Permit through the State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) Storm Water Multiple Application and Report Tracking System (SMARTS) by July 1, 2015.Facilities that need to apply include: Steam Electric Production, Asphalt Emulsion, Landfills, Airport Deicing, Manufacturing Facilities, Hazardous Waste Facilities (TSDFs), Landfills, Land Application Sites, And Open Dumps, Recycling Facilities, Transportation Facilities, Sewage or Wastewater Treatment Works, among others. Electronic reporting through SMARTS will be mandatory and all submitted documents will be public domain.
There are exemptions, including registration under No Exposure Certification (NEC). NEC applications are due by October1, 2015. Additionally, if a facility does not discharge to the waters of the United States, a Notice of Non-Applicability (NONA) can be submitted through the SMARTS system after July 1, 2015. All other affected facilities are required to enroll in the program.
Major changes to the Industrial General Permit include enhanced minimum BMP implementation and increased monitoring requirements. However, the largest change is the inclusion of Numeric Action Levels (NALs). A facility that exceeds NAL effluent concentrations will be subject to additional requirements that include appointing a Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP) to provide oversight of the stormwater compliance program.
Dischargers to a federally defined impaired water body will also be required to monitor for the pollutant responsible for the impairment. Existing sites are grandfathered into discharging to impaired water bodies. However, new facilities will have to show that any proposed facility will not contribute to additional impairment. Direct dischargers to the ocean must conduct monitoring following provisions in California Ocean Plan.
The new Industrial General Permit will retain Compliance Groups and Compliance Group Leaders, possibly reducing sampling requirements for facilities that choose to join one.