Measure 6d: Review of
municipality owned or operated
regulated industrial activities
“Conduct annual review of the industrial activities
with a Phase I NPDES permit owned and operated by the permittee.
Specifically review the following aspects: the Stormwater Pollution
Prevention Plan where one is required, the timeliness of any monitoring
reports required by the Phase I permit and the results of inspections and
subsequent follow-up actions.”
Industrial facilities that fall into one of the subject
ten categories are required obtain permit coverage under a general permit
or an individual permit, depending upon the industrial activity occurring
at the facility:
- An individual permit is a permit specifically tailored to an
individual facility. Once a facility submits the appropriate
application(s), the permitting authority develops a permit for that
particular facility based on the information contained in the permit
application (e.g., type of activity, nature of discharge, receiving
- A general permit is an NPDES permit that covers several facilities
that have the same type of discharge and are located in a specific
geographic area. A general permit applies the same or similar conditions
to all dischargers covered under the general permit. Using a general
permit to cover numerous facilities reduces paperwork for permitting
authorities and permittees, and ensures consistency of permit conditions
for similar facilities.
The NC Division of Water Quality maintains a
list of active industrial permits. Facilities that have either a
general or an individual industrial stormwater permits must have and
implement a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SPPP). These plans
include a comprehensive evaluation of the specific industrial site and
operations to reduce pollutant sources and prevent pollutant discharge.
The NC Division of Water Quality has a
Guidance Document for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans. SPPPs
include as a minimum, the following:
- Site plan.
- Stormwater management plan.
- Spill prevention and response plan.
- Preventive maintenance plan and good housekeeping plan.
- Training schedule.
Municipalities are already required to review their
regulated industrial facilities for compliance with the SPPP on an annual
basis. Putting this measure in the Phase II permit underscores the
existing requirement. It is your responsibility to:
- Find out if your local government owns or operates any regulated
- Locate the permit and the SPPP,
- Review the SPPP to make sure it is still up to date,
- Make sure that the staff responsible for the facility are
implementing the SPPP correctly.