EPA Releases the 2016 Massachusetts Small MS4 General Permit Reply

The  2016 Massachusetts Small MS4 General Permit was signed April 4, 2016 and was published in the Federal Register on April 13, 2016. The small MS4 general permit will become effective July 1, 2017. The final permit replaces the 2003 small MS4 general permit for MS4 operators within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In order for a small MS4 operator to obtain authorization to discharge, it must submit a complete and accurate Notice of Intent (NOI) containing the information in Appendix E of the 2016 general permit. The NOI must be submitted on or before September 29, 2017 (90 days from the effective date of the final permit). A small MS4 operator must meet the eligibility requirements of the general permit found in Part 1.2 and Part 1.9 prior to submission of its NOI.

EPA will be holding a number of public meetings for informational purposes. See the link below to see a schedule of the meetings which are currently planned:

https://www3.epa.gov/region1/npdes/stormwater/MS4_MA.html
CAPACCIO has assisted state college campuses with compliance planning and implementation of the current MS4 permit and has been tracking this new permit.

For more information about how CAPACCIO can help, please contact Christopher Walton at (508) 970-0033 x139 or cwalton@capaccio.com .

Does Impaired Waters Monitoring Apply To You? Reply

Discharging to impaired waters can require a higher level of responsibility from the discharging site, and these responsibilities must be fulfilled to remain in compliance. Follow the flowchart below to see if impaired waters monitoring applies to you.

Before using this flowchart, confirm that your facility satisfies the following criteria:

  1. Prepared a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) per the 2015 MSGP.
  2. Submitted a Notice of Intent (NOI) and received word of acceptance from the EPA.

 

stormwater flowchart

1Determine if your facility discharges to impaired waters using EPA’s ‘How’s My Waterway’ Tool http://watersgeo.epa.gov/mywaterway/

2 Existence of EPA Approved or Established TMDLs can be determined using the ‘How’s My Waterway’ tool.

3 In some cases, monitoring is required when TMDLs exist; however, EPA will notify dischargers of any monitoring requirements.

4 Determine if an EPA Approved analytical method exists by consulting EPA guidance at http://www3.epa.gov/region1/npdes/stormwater/assets/pdfs/MSGP2008Part624ParametersMA.pdf

CAPACCIO has also posted a You Tube video, which walks you through this process. The recording is posted at:   https://youtu.be/uoD4tnJFMNs

For more information or assistance with your impaired waters monitoring, please contact Cristina Mendoza at 508) 970-0033 x128 or cmendoza@capaccio.com.

 

Do I Still Need to Conduct A Stormwater Annual Comprehensive Inspection? Reply

CAPACCIO recently received questions related to the Stormwater Annual Comprehensive Inspection (ACI) which is a requirement under the 2008 Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP). Specifically permitees wanted to know if they had to conduct the ACI on or before September 29 and also submit the report this year.

We developed this flow diagram to help companies determine if they have to conduct and submit a Stormwater ACI report.

http://www.capaccio.com/handouts/Inspection_requirements.pdf

Please contact Chris Walton at cwalton@capaccio.com or at 508.970.0033 ext. 139 if you need further clarification.

Filing An NOE? EPA now requires electronic submission Reply

Did you know? The EPA issued a new No Exposure Certification (NOE) form under the 2015 Multi-Sector General Permit on June 4, 2015. You now must submit your No Exposure Certification electronically using the NPDES eReporting Tool on the EPA Central Data Exchange CDX website, https://cdx.epa.gov/ unless you have a waiver from the EPA Regional office to use the paper form.

Please refer to the following guidance on using the NeT:

http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/npdes/stormwater/Stormwater-eNOI-System-for-EPAs-MultiSector-General-Permit.cfm

If you are given a waiver from your local EPA office corresponding to your facility location to use a paper NOE form, you may complete and submit the paper form available at:

http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/npdes/stormwater/uploadmsgp2015_appendixk.pdf

For assistance or further information, please contact msgp@capaccio.com.