Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is required for compliance with the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit and by State/Federal Regulations
The multi-sector general permit requires all employees to be trained in storm water pollution prevention as part of the on-boarding process. Additionally, the training also need to be conducted for all employees annually.
Depending on your Standard industrial classification (SIC) Code. The inspections can be required yearly, bi-yearly, quarterly, monthly or weekly.
Aside from obtaining the permit and paying the necessary fees. Maintaining the permit by noting all the necessary changes to key personnel and your facility is an important part of compliance.
Sampling and Analytical Monitoring
Our consultants take the sample with you, and walk you through the entire sampling process. Including the sample shipment, processing and review of the sample results.
Reporting to Agencies
Link 4 Aside from your general permit, depending on the industrial activity, reporting requirements also extend to other state and local and federal authorities
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP, SWP3, SW3P)
The NPDES OR TPDES Multi Sector Permit covers industrial activities exposed to rainwater and runoff. A storm water pollution prevention plan plan usually contains;
- A signed certification by the signatory
- Members of the pollution prevention team
- Best Management Practices observed at the facility
- Spill Prevention and Response Measures
- A copy of the Notice of Intent (NOI), subsequent Notice of Changes (NOCs)
- Detailed employee training program
- Results for storm water samples in accordance with permit guidelines
- Non-Storm water discharge certification
- Description of potential pollutant sources
- Inventory of materials exposed to storm water
- Annual comprehensive site compliance evaluations
- Reports for Quarterly , Monthly or Weekly site inspections of the facility (depending on the permit)
- Copies of Quarterly visual monitoring of storm water discharges
- Periodic Analytical monitoring of storm water discharges
- Maintenance of a rain gauge with corresponding event log on site
- Remedy by SWPPP team of all Benchmark and Hazardous Effluent Limitations within the time specified by the permit
Additionally, each city or county may have their own reporting procedures that they require according to their Code of Ordinances
The Storm water General Permit requires all employees to be trained at least once a year.These trainings generally cover the following items:
- Proper material management and handling practices for specific chemicals,fluids, and other materials used or commonly encountered at the facility
- Spill prevention and control methods for the facility
- The location of materials and equipment necessary for spill clean-up
- Detailed spill clean-up techniques
- Proper spill reporting procedures
- Familiarization with good housekeeping measures
- Familiarization with Best management Practices (BMPs,)
- An overview of structural controls at the facility
- How and when to contact the members of the storm water pollution prevention team
- Goals of the Storm water pollution prevention plan (SWPPP)
The Role of Peace EnvironmentalWe customize each training to your facility’s needs. Each training is prepared with great care to ensure that your employees have the best experience and absorb all the required information. Trainings can be annual or quarterly. With our services, Peace Environmental becomes a part of your Storm Water Pollution Prevention Team. We are available 24 Hours all 7 Days for any questions, or Concerns.
Regular inspections are an essential part of Storm Water General Permit. The Requirements for the inspections at minimum include:
- Weather information and a description of any discharges occurring at the time of the inspection
- Any previously unidentified discharges of pollutants from the site
- Any control measures (structural or non-structural) needing maintenance or repairs
- Any failed control measures (structural or non-structural) that need replacement
- Any incidents of non-compliance that are observed. An incident of non-compliance is any instance where an element of the SWP3 is either not implemented, or where specific conditions of the permit are not met
- Any additional control measures needed to comply with the permit requirements
- Identification of any existing BMPs that are not being properly or completely implemented
The periodic inspections must be documented through the use of a checklist that is developed to include each of the controls and measures that are evaluated. The requirements for the inspection ultimately depend on the industrial activity at your facility.
Notice of Intent (NOI) and Non-Exposure Certification (NEC)These trainings generally cover the following items:
Applicants seeking authorization to discharge under this general permit shall submit a completed notice of intent (NOI) or a completed no exposure certification (NEC), as applicable, on a form approved by the executive director.
Applications are not required for facilities that are automatically authorized by designation under this general permit. (a) Notices of Intent (NOIs) and No Exposure Certifications (NECs).
1Paper NOIs and NECs. Provisional authorization begins seven (7) days from the date that a completed NOI or NEC is postmarked for delivery to the TCEQ, unless otherwise notified in writing by the executive director. 2 Electronic NOIs and NECs. Effective September 1, 2017, applicants must submit an NOI or NEC using the online e-permitting system available through the TCEQ website or request and obtain an electronic reporting waiver. Electronic reporting waivers are not transferrable and expire on the same date as the authorization to discharge. a. If electronic submission of NOIs or NECs is provided, and unless otherwise notified by the executive director, provisional authorization begins immediately following confirmation of receipt of the electronic NOI or NEC form by the TCEQ. 3 Following review of the NOI or NEC, the executive director will: a. determine that the NOI or NEC is complete and confirm coverage by providing a written notification and an authorization number; or b. determine that the NOI or NEC is incomplete and request additional information needed to complete the NOI or NEC; or c. deny coverage in writing. Denial of coverage will be made in accordance with Authorizations and Notices of Intent.