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Ohio EPA Construction Storm Water Permit Public Outreach Sessions

Ohio EPA announces the following opportunities to learn about potential changes to Ohio EPA’s NPDES Construction Storm Water general permit renewal. These events are being held to obtain stakeholder input prior to official public noticing of the draft general permit renewal.

Date:  November 29th, 2017
Time: 10 am – Noon
Location: Ohio Department of Transportation Auditorium
1980 W Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
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Date: December 1st, 2017
Time: 10 am – Noon
Location: Butler Soil and Water Conservation District
1802 Princeton Rd., Hamilton, OH 45011

Event Description: Storm water runoff from new development or redevelopment where the larger common plan of development or sale disturbs 1 or more acre of land is regulated under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program admin-istered by Ohio EPA. The NPDES permit that sets the current requirements is set to expire on April 20, 2018. Attendees will be given a chance to ask questions of Ohio EPA’s staff about the potential changes and provide input. Additionally, stakeholders can email input to : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 6, 2017. Ohio EPA will consider all input received prior to official public notice of the draft general permit renewal.

Who Should Attend: City and County Engineers, Project Engineers, Developers, Home Builders, MS4 Program Administrators for the construction and post-construction minimum control measure, Planning Commissioners, Building Officials, General Contractors

All sessions are free.

 

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OEPA Construction General Permit Update

The Ohio EPA is currently updating the Construction General Permit (CGP).  The new permit will take effect in April 2018.  There are changes the Ohio EPA is currently working on that will affect future projects. 

Changes include:

  • SWPPP submittal required with the Notice of Intent (NOI) application
  • Sediment basins required for less than 10 acres of disturbance
  • Water quality post-construction BMPs required for lots down to 1 acre

By now you are probably familiar with the eBusiness digital NOI application process that has been required since spring 2017.  Before construction can begin on any project disturbing more than 1 acre an NOI application must be filed for Ohio NPDES Permit.  At the bottom of this application now has a place to upload a copy of the project’s SWPPP.  Up until now that has been an optional upload.  With the new CGP all NOI applications must also have a copy of the SWPPP uploaded.  Keep in mind the OEPA will not be reviewing or approving these SWPPPs; after all, there are over 3K submitted across the state each year.  But should a problem occur, they receive a phone call about an issue onsite or they need to visit your project, the SWPPP will be at their disposal to download.  This will help eliminate the need to keep a hard copy on site.  Many sites don’t have a job trailer kept on the project site.  So if the contractor is keeping this documentation in their work truck & a member of the OEPA should visit, at least they will have a copy of the SWPPP already.

With the updated CGP the OEPA hopes to clarify the intent of the old permit that has been misunderstood over the years since its approval in 2013.  One clarification concerns sediment basins.  The current wording in the CGP leads you to think that sediment basins are only required for a disturbed areas over 10 acres.  While the intent is for a sediment basin to be designed whenever possible (i.e. for any concentrated flow, drainage areas that will exceed the capacity of silt fence or other sediment BMPs or at any discharge points on your project).  I know it’s your least favorite BMP but it’s time to get on board… we’re going to be seeing more sediment basins in your SWPPP designs.

Another misunderstood requirement of the current CGP is Post-construction water quality BMPs.  Past projects have included post-construction BMPs for only “Large Construction Actives”; which are defined as >5 acres of disturbance.  The 2018 CGP will require these post-construction BMPs for all projects disturbing >1 acre.  The calculation to determine the water quality volume that must be treated with these post-construction BMPs will also be re-evaluated.

The OEPA’s goal is to have these revisions ready for public comment by December 2017 so that they will be approved & ready by April 21, 2018.  Want to notified of these changes & submit your own comments?  Sign up to participate in the OEPA’s stakeholder’s outreach by clicking here!

As always, give Coyle SWPPP Professionals a call if we can help in any way.  We’re here to make these regulations easier for you.

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OEPA General Permits Go Digital

As of March 1, 2017 all Ohio EPA General Permits, including the Construction General Permit, must be submitted digitally.  Paper applications will no longer be accepted for your project's Notice of Intent (NOI) or Copermittee Applications.  The Ohio EPA eBusiness Center is a new web portal for permit applications & reports.  The system is fairly easy to work through however the 1st step is to create a company log-in and PIN.

 

To create an account for Ohio EPA eBusiness click here

 

Once you have an account established, the required information will be the same as the paper forms.  Coyle SWPPP Professionals can assist you throughout this process  If you need any help with your next project's permit, give us a call.  We would be happy to walk you through it!

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Construction Company and DOT Pay $1.5 Million in EPA Fines

Tennessee Construction Company and Georgia Department of Transportation Agree to Pay $1.5 Million Penalty to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations

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