Developing a SWPPP under the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency? Confused about stormwater compliance? We’ve compiled the answers to the most common questions below.
- Who must apply for coverage under this permit?
- How do I apply for permit coverage?
- Can I get an exemption from the permit?
- What is the start and end date of my permit?
- What is my monitoring and reporting period?
- When is my annual report due?
- Do I need a special certification to write a SWPPP?
- Is training required? And how often is training required?
- Do I have to sample and if so, what must I sample for?
- When do I collect samples / How often?
- How often do I need to perform inspections?
- What do I inspect?
- What happens if my sample results are above benchmark or limits?
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The 29 industrial sectors regulated are:
- Sector A: Timber Products Facilities
- Sector B: Paper and Allied Products Manufacturing Facilities
- Sector C: Chemical and Allied Products Manufacturing and Refining
- Sector D: Asphalt Paving and Roofing Materials, Manufacturers and Lubricant Manufacturers
- Sector E: Glass, Clay, Cement, Concrete, and Gypsum Product Manufacturing Facilities
- Sector F: Primary Metals Facilities
- Sector G: Metal Mining (Ore Mining and Dressing) Facilities
- Sector H: Coal Mines and Coal Mining-Related Facilities
- Sector I: Oil and Gas Extraction Facilities
- Sector J: Mineral Mining and Processing Facilities
- Sector K: Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, or Disposal Facilities
- Sector L: Landfills and Land Application Sites
- Sector M: Automobile Salvage Yards
- Sector N: Scrap Recycling and Waste Recycling Facilities
- Sector O: Steam Electric Power Generating Facilities, Including Coal Handling Areas
- Sector P: Motor Freight Transportation Facilities, Passenger Transportation Facilities, Petroleum Bulk Oil Stations and Terminals, Rail Transportation Facilities, and United States Postal Service Transportation Facilities
- Sector Q: Water Transportation Facilities with Vehicle Maintenance Shops and/or Equipment Cleaning Operations
- Sector R: Ship and Boat Building or Repair Yards
- Sector S: Vehicle Maintenance Areas, Equipment Cleaning Areas, or Deicing Areas Located at Air Transportation Facilities
- Sector T: Treatment Works
- Sector U: Food and Kindred Products Facilities
- Sector V: Textile Mills, Apparel, and Other Fabric Product Manufacturing Facilities
- Sector W: Wood and Metal Furniture and Fixture Manufacturing Facilities
- Sector X: Printing and Publishing Facilities
- Sector Y: Rubber, Miscellaneous Plastic Products, and Miscellaneous Manufacturing Industries
- Sector Z: Leather Tanning and Finishing Facilities
- Sector AA: Fabricated Metal Products Manufacturing Facilities
- Sector AB: Transportation Equipment, Industrial, or Commercial Machinery Manufacturing Facilities
- Sector AC: Electronic and Electrical Equipment and Components, Photographic, and Optical Goods Manufacturing Facilities
To obtain or continue coverage, a discharger needs to complete and submit the Notice of Intent (NOI) application using the NOI electronic application form available through the Ohio EPA eBusiness Center at: https://ebiz.epa.ohio.gov/.
Facilities seeking no exposure certification, must meet the definition of No Exposure: “All industrial materials and activities are protected by a storm resistant shelter to prevent exposure to rain, snow, snowmelt, and/or runoff”. If your facility changes and can no longer claim no exposure to storm water, you must submit the appropriate permit application for storm water discharge. The No Exposure Certification form must be submitted to Ohio EPA at least once every five years. Access electronic versions through your Ohio EPA eBusiness Center account and submit electronically.
Start date of the permit is June 1st 2017 and end date May 31, 2022.
Monitoring period begins January 1st thru December 31st.
same schedule to complete shall be maintained throughout this permit term. You shall keep the completed annual reports with your SWPPP.
Do I need a special certification to write a SWPPP?
No, all reports requested by permits shall be signed by an individual or a position have responsibility for the overall operation of the regulated facility.
You must train all employees annually who work in areas where industrial materials or activities are exposed to stormwater, or who are responsible for implementing activities necessary to meet the conditions of this permit (e.g., inspectors, maintenance personnel), including all members of your stormwater pollution prevention team. You must ensure the following personnel understand the requirements of this permit and their specific responsibilities with respect to those requirements:
- Personnel who are responsible for the design, installation, maintenance, and/or repair of controls (including pollution prevention measures);
- Personnel responsible for the storage and handling of chemicals and materials that could become contaminants in stormwater discharges;
- Personnel who are responsible for conducting and documenting monitoring and inspections; and
- Personnel who are responsible for taking and documenting corrective actions.
Personnel must be trained in at least the following if related to the scope of their job duties (e.g., only personnel responsible for conducting inspections need to understand how to conduct inspections):
- An overview of what is in the SWPPP;
- Spill response procedures, good housekeeping, maintenance requirements, and material management practices;
- The location of all controls on the site required by this permit, and how they are to be maintained;
- The proper procedures to follow with respect to the permit’s pollution prevention requirements; and
- When and how to conduct inspections, record applicable findings, and take corrective actions.
Yes, the following pollutants of concern to sample for are based on your industry specific benchmark concentrations.
You must sample at least once in each of the following 3-month intervals:
- January 1 – March 31;
- April 1 – June 30;
- July 1 – September 30;
- October 1 – December 31.
Inspections must be conducted at least quarterly (i.e., once each calendar quarter), or in some instances more frequently (e.g., monthly). Increased frequency may be appropriate for some types of equipment, processes and stormwater control measures, or areas of the facility with significant activities and materials exposed to stormwater. At least once each calendar year, the routine inspection must be conducted during a period when a stormwater discharge is occurring.
During the inspection you must examine or look out for the following:
- Industrial materials, residue or trash that may have or could come into contact with stormwater;
- Leaks or spills from industrial equipment, drums, tanks and other containers;
- Offsite tracking of industrial or waste materials, or sediment where vehicles enter or exit the site;
- Tracking or blowing of raw, final or waste materials from areas of no exposure to exposed areas;
- Control measures needing replacement, maintenance or repair.
Exceeding a benchmark value is a red flag, not a violation. You must then review BMP selection/design/implementation to determine if modifications are needed. Then you must make a determination that no further pollutant reductions are practicable and achievable. If effluent monitoring exceeds limit, then this is a permit violation. Sample that parameter again within 30 calendar days of implementing corrective action. If follow-up sample exceeds: submit exceedance report within 30 days after receive lab results. Continue quarterly monitoring until in compliance.
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