Last call: Register for CAPACCIO’s free webinar “EPA’s recently published Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit” Reply

Join CAPACCIO and guest presenter David Gray, PE, US Environmental Protection Agency Region 1, for a free one-hour webinar covering the recently published Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit.

Tues., June 16, 2015 from 10 – 11 am
Register now!
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5770109846045350914

Registration will close one hour prior to the webinar start.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published the new 2015 Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP). In order to prepare you for the 2015 MSGP, CAPACCIO has teamed up with David J. Gray, PE, US EPA Region 1, to present this free webinar covering the significant changes from the 2008 MSGP. Strategies to avoid pitfalls with implementation will also be provided.

The 2015 MSGP will apply to 30 industrial sectors in four states (Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico) and Indian Lands and Federal facilities in select states. In this webinar, we will focus on the changes in Massachusetts and also touch on New Hampshire as many companies have facilities in one or both of these states.

The webinar will cover:

• Significant changes to the MSGP (MA and NH)
• Important due dates
• New electronic reporting requirements
• Strategies for implementation
• Q&A

Moderator:
•Wayne Bates, PhD, PE Vice President of Technical Services, CAPACCIO

Presenters:
•David J. Gray, P.E., Environmental Engineer, Office of Ecosystem
Protection, US Environmental Protection Agency Region 1
•Lucy Servidio, CHMM, TURP, Senior Vice President, CAPACCIO

For more information, please contact Lucy Servidio, CHMM, TURP, at 508-970-0033 ext. 114 or lservidio@capaccio.com.

Draft Storm Sewer General Permit for 200+ Small Massachusetts Municipalities Reply

News Release
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
New England Regional Office
September 30, 2014

Contact: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017
Re: Draft Storm Sewer General Permit for 200+ Small Massachusetts Municipalities Will Help Clean Water Protection

BOSTON – EPA is releasing for public comment draft general permit for small “Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems” (MS4) located in Mass. The new permits, when finalized, will update efforts in up to 260 municipalities, better protecting rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and wetlands across Massachusetts.

EPA previously released draft general permits for small MS4s in North Coastal Watersheds in 2010 and in the Interstate, Merrimack and South Coastal Watersheds in 2011. In response to many of the public comments submitted previously, and the availability of new technical and census information, EPA has revised the two general permits into one document and is now releasing the revised draft general permits for public input. EPA has also made changes to the newly proposed draft permit in response to public comments seeking more clarity, guidance and flexibility in meeting permit requirements.

The draft general permit, a detailed fact sheet, and information on public meetings and public hearing can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/region1/npdes/stormwater/MS4_MA.html

To read EPA’s full press release, please visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/e34e1b71021cf54885257d63005ba5b4!opendocument

Federal NPDES Stormwater Annual Site Inspections Due by September 29 Reply

Have you conducted your Stormwater Annual Site Inspection? Companies with coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity must conduct an Annual Comprehensive Site Inspection by September 29, 2014. The period for the inspection is September 29, 2013 – September 29, 2014. The annual comprehensive site inspection includes an inspection of the areas where industrial activity may be exposed to stormwater, and a review of corrective actions taken during the reporting period. The Annual Reporting Form (Appendix I of the MSGP) must be mailed to the EPA within 45 days after completion of the inspection.

The 2008 MSGP expired at midnight on September 29, 2013. Facilities that obtained coverage under the 2008 MSGP prior to its expiration are automatically granted an administrative continuance of permit coverage. The administrative continuance will remain in effect until a new permit is issued. Those facilities already covered under the 2008 MSGP must continue to comply with all of the requirements in the 2008 permit, including requirements for monitoring and reporting.

EPA expects to reissue the MSGP in September 2014. A draft MSGP was published in the federal register on September 27, 2013. All facilities that want coverage under the MSGP, including those with administrative continuance under the 2008 MSGP, will then need to submit NOIs for permit coverage. Please visit EPA’s website to download the proposed permit and fact sheets. http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/msgp.cfm

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Colleen Walsh at 508.970.0033 ext. 129 or cwalsh@capaccio.com or Travis Wheeler at 508.970.0033 ext. 115 or twheeler@capaccio.com.

Enforcement Discretion Extended for New Dischargers not currently covered under MSGP2008 Reply

CAPACCIO recently received the notices in the link below from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Notices extend the date that EPA will use enforcement discretion for companies that have a new stormwater discharge and are not covered under the Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) that expired September 29, 2013.The date has been extended out to the end of September 2014, HOWEVER, new dischargers need to take some actions to meet the enforcement discretion conditions:

1. Eligibility-Meet the MSGP 2008 eligibility criteria
2. Prior Notification-Prior to discharge, notify the EPA of operator status and intent to operate in accordance with MSGP 2008
3. Compliance-Meet obligations of MSGP 2008
a.Develop a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
b.Install Best Management Practices
c.Perform SW monitoring, if necessary
d.Conduct Site Inspections
e.Implement corrective actions
f.Meet Sector-Specific Criteria
g.Submit appropriate reports to EPA

Here’s the link to the memos-
http://www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/sw_msgp_naa2014.pdf

For more information, please contact Travis Wheeler at 508-970-0033 ext. 115 or twheeler@capaccio.com.