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Ohio EPA Issues New NPDES Industrial Stormwater General Permit

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the NPDES General Permit for Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity, OHR000006, effective in May 2017 (day is currently unspecified).  Examples of modifications in the new Permit include:

  • More specific language detailing when pavement wash waters and building washdown are an allowable non-storm water discharge.
  • Permit renewals require Notice of Intents, Notice of Termination, and No Exposure Certification to be submitted electronically using Ohio EPA’s electronic application forms.
  • The frequency for routine facility inspections and quarterly visual assessments can be reduced for facilities recognized under the Gold and Platinum levels by Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Program.
  • The procedures for comprehensive and routine facility inspections have been consolidated to eliminate redundancies and reduce burden.
  • Permittees are required to make their Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) available to the public when requested (excluding any confidential business information).
  • Permittees exceeding a benchmark due to a neighboring facility’s storm water run-on may document and account for this situation.
  • The annual report has been modified to be consistent with USEPA’s current federal Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) Annual Report.
  • Language was added to more clearly identify that the discharge of leachate is not authorized by the general permit.

What’s Required:

The Notice of Intent (NOI) must be submitted electronically to the Ohio EPA through their on-line portal called eBusiness Center (https://ebiz.epa.ohio.gov/) within ninety (90) days of the Permit’s effective date. The Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) must be updated and all changes must be implemented within 180 days of the Permit’s effective date. Additionally, any facility operating under a No Exposure Exclusion must reapply for the exclusion once the permit is issued.

EPS Assistance:

If you are a current client of EPS, we will be contacting you shortly to assist in setting up your eBusiness Center account, submitting your NOI, and preparing your new SWPPP to meet the new Permit requirements.

If you are not a current client of EPS and would like our assistance, please call Ted Peyser or Alan Anderson at (404) 315-9113.

The Permit may be reviewed at the following web address:

http://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/35/permits/OHR000006_FinalDraft.pdf