Stormwater Permits: Industrial, Construction or Neither?

Uncontrolled stormwater can lead to erosion, flooding, affect the ecological integrity and quality of our water resources, and create instability in our stream channels. Activities that occur at industrial facilities (such as waste handling and equipment cleaning), and construction sites (such as excavating and grading), results in the discharge of pollutants in stormwater runoff. Considering federal, state, and local requirements, it’s understandable if you are confused about what requirements your site is subject to and if it needs a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3). To perhaps complicate it even further, did you know that there are multiple types of SWP3’s? Your site may need a SWP3 for construction and/or industrial activities. These are a few common questions we hear regarding SWP3’s: Does my site’s Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code trigger the need for a SWP3? Do I need a construction stormwater discharge permit if my site disturbs half an acre?
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W&M Provides Annual Stormwater and Regulatory Compliance Assistance

Each year, W&M assists their facilities with Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) assistance (inspections, best management practice (BMP)evaluation, analyzing data, annual reporting, etc.) and preparation of their Tier II reports, air permitting assistance and documentation (as needed), and technical assistance on various environmental projects throughout the year.

Mid Permit-Cycle Changes for Stormwater Discharge Monitoring Reporting? Not Quite Yet.

Normally there are not many expected changes to permit conditions or requirements when you are in the middle of a permit cycle, but if your site is subject to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQs) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for Industrial Stormwater discharges, then you should have been able to submit your numeric effluent limitations monitoring results via the TCEQ’s Network Discharge Monitoring Report (NetDMR) web-based system. SLOW TRANSITION TO WEB-BASED REPORTING However, since the current permit cycle began in 2016, the TCEQ has been issuing annual “electronic reporting waivers” that allow permittees to submit the annual DMR via the old, faithful pen and paper method.  Under the current MSGP, you are supposed to submit a request for an electronic reporting waiver to be able to use the approved paper version of the Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) but the NetDMR has not been fully implemented and is currently not
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Stormwater Compliance

  • Stormwater Compliance
    November 21, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Industrial and construction sites generate stormwater runoff that can carry debris, chemicals, and other pollutants into streams, rivers, lakes or wetlands when precipitation hits. These discharges are subject to regulation and permitting.  While the subject matter is the same — stormwater discharges — the intent and actions required for the two different types of permits are (more…)


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Comprehensive Regulatory Assistance for Aerospace Materials Supplier

Every new year brings a new round of reporting. There are so many requirements and constant changes to these requirements to keep track of. Like this Client, many of our clients utilize our compliance assistance services annually so that our experts can step in and make the process smoother. W&M provides ongoing assistance to this aerospace materials supplier with its annual environmental reporting requirements and other environmental compliance related tasks for their Arlington, Texas facilty Site each year.

Compliance Assistance for Chemical Producer

W&M has been working with this chemical company since 2007, assisting with regulatory compliance, particularly Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWP3), Tier II and Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting, and waste handling and disposal.  Each year, W&M has helped at various Client Sites to provide support with stormwater (SWP3 inspections, best management practice (BMP) evaluation, spill cleanup procedures and cleanup material, pollution prevention and permit requirements), the preparation of Tier II and TRI reports for Client Sites, and has met more specific needs for each of the Sites.

Brace yourself for March, it’s just around the corner.

For Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Managers or professionals, the new year brings a new outlook on your job, promises to yourself and your company, and the desire for improvement over the past year. Unfortunately, the new year also brings the crushing realization that March is just around the corner, almost taunting you for becoming cocky in November and December when few environmental reports are due to the State or EPA. March marks the beginning of the annual reporting deadlines. The reporting calendar begins with the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Tier II report and the Annual Waste Summary (AWS) due March 1st, and then you dive right into the Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) Benchmark Monitoring (BM) reporting and Discharge Monitoring Report, and the Air Emissions Inventory Report (AEIR), all due on March 31.  Individually the reports are not overly difficult or time
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Stormwater Compliance In Practice

The history of stormwater regulation dates all the way back to 1972 with the passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The CWA, and subsequent legislation over the years, is both the precursor and the framework for current stormwater permits today.  The laws were initially passed to create some control over the amount of pollution entering waterways through industrial stormwater runoff.  The EPA has given the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) the authority to regulate stormwater permits in Texas.  The permit most commonly used by industry is the TXR050000 Multi-Sector General Permit. So what is a “sector?” The TCEQ has broken the TXR050000 permit down into industry specific sectors, from A through Z and on to AD.  Each sector covers a specific industry or group of industries.  You can find which sector you might fall into based on your SIC code.  With
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Show Construction SWP3’s Some R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Planning construction activity in Texas? You are likely required to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) and implement a Construction Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3).  You also may be automatically permitted to discharge under the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) General Permit TXR150000.  W&M Environmental has assembled team of professionals to assist clients in these areas. Stormwater discharges from construction sites are regulated according to the area of land disturbed, which can be divided into three levels: Large (greater than 5 acres), Small (1 to 5 acres), and Less than 1 acre. When planning construction activity, the site owner is legally responsible for knowing what regulations apply to their site.  For certain sites less than 1 acre, you may be automatically permitted to discharge.  However, for larger construction projects, the requirements vary.  Typically for small and large construction activities, you will be required to notify the Texas Commission on
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Need Help Making Sure Your Business Is In Compliance?

You don’t know what you don’t know.  With environmental regulations constantly changing it can sometimes feel overwhelming.  W&M’s environmental compliance experts can help guide you through the maze of regulations to  show you where those gaps might be in your environmental program. A Regulatory Applicability Screen (RAS) is a quick and valuable service that provides our clients with a list of potential regulatory concerns ranging from air permits, water supply, wastewater, stormwater, hazardous waste, and various other environmental reporting requirements.  In each of these regulatory areas, W&M outlines the gaps and potential corrective actions that you could undertake to eliminate  those gaps. The process begins with an information gathering meeting to understand the nature of the facility.  Then one of our environmental experts conducts the RAS to determine regulatory applicability and potential compliance gaps with U.S. Environmental Protections Agency (EPA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and other state and
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