Best Management Practices
Quest Consultants understands that a sound pollution prevention approach is one of the most-effective means of controlling the discharge of pollutants in a storm water runoff from industrial facilities into surface waters.
Quest Consultant's stormwater pollution prevention plans contain various best management practices (BMPs), which may be general, industry-specific, or site-specific. The major objectives of these plans are:
- To identify sources of pollution potentially affecting the quality of stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity from the facility;
- To describe and ensure implementation of practices to minimize and control pollutants in stormwater discharges associated within industrial activity from the facility and to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the general permit as specified by State Federal Regulations.
The general permits prescribe a four-step process for meeting these objectives:
- Formation of a team of qualified plant personnel who will be responsible for the plan and assisting the plant manager in its upkeep of Federal and State Regulations;
- Assessment of potential storm water pollution sources;
- Selection and implementation of appropriate management practices and control methods; and
- Periodic evaluation of the ability of the plan to prevent storm water pollution and comply with the terms and conditions of the permit.
How does an industrial facility Operator determine whether it needs to obtain an NPDES Storm Water Permit?
Step 1. Determine whether the facility or site discharges stormwater to a separate stormwater sewer system (MS4) or to a stream, lake or other waters of the waters of the United States (check EPA definition, it covers almost everything) If it discharges to one or both, proceed to Step 2, otherwise no permit is needed.
Step 2. Determine if the facility's industrial activities are listed among the eleven Categories of Industrial Activities as defined by the federal regulations. If its activities are listed proceed to Step 3, otherwise a permit may not be required. Many companies who fall into this category still choose to have a SWPP Plan as an act of good environmental stewardship.
Step 3. Determine if the listed facility or site may qualify for an exemption or waiver under the federal regulations.
- No Exposure. Facilities identified as "light industry" (Category (xi)) may be eligible to claim a condition of "no exposure" and be exempted from permitting. No exposure basically means that everything including storage of equipment is indoors. Construction activities are not included.
- ISTEA Moratorium. Is for municipalities with populations less than 100,000 (with some exceptions).
Quest Consultants Environmental Services has proven and accepted methods for writing SWPPPs and can help you come into and maintain compliance of your stormwater permit.
If your facility also needs an SPCC Plan, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plan, the information in this may overlap with your SWPPP.
Call us at 888-730-4646 with any questions you may have regarding State or Federal Stormwater Regulations.