From: Michael Bogin, Sive Paget & Riesel, P.C., More from this Affiliate
Published November 5, 2012 04:28 PM

Hurricane Sandy Highlights Stormwater Management, New Industrial Discharge Permit

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy highlights why coastal flooding and stormwater control can be expected to receive increased regulatory attention. As the New York metropolitan area struggles to regain its footing, regulators can be expected to take a closer look at plans to manage industrial stormwater runoff, which can carry chemicals, oil, and other pollutants. In fact, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has already made industrial stormwater runoff a high priority.

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DEC recently put into place a final general permit for industrial stormwater discharges, the SPDES Multi Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity, GP-0-12-001 (MSGP).  The new permit became effective on October 1, 2012 and replaced the Interim Multi Sector General Permit, GP-0-11-009 (“Interim Permit”), which has now expired.  As of January 1, 2013, industrial discharges will no longer be covered by the Interim Permit.   To gain coverage under the new MSGP, industrial dischargers must file a new Notice of Intent (NOI) on or before January 1, 2013.

Industrial dischargers previously covered by the recently-expired Interim Permit are eligible for continued Interim Permit coverage if they revise their Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPs) to meet the new MSGP requirements on or before January 2013 and also submit a NOI to DEC for MSGP coverage on or before that date.

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