EPA Issues the 2015 Multi-Sector General Permit and Clean Water Rule

The EPA uses the 2015 Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP), a part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), to regulate pollutant levels in stormwater discharges from industrial facilities. The MSGP applies to areas of the United States where the EPA is the NPDES permitting authority; in most parts of the country however, state governments hold this authority. When seeking permit coverage, check with your state’s environmental regulatory agency to determine the correct permitting authority and how to obtain coverage. All MSGP applicants—both new and previously covered under the 2008 permit—must file a Notice of Intent (NOI) with the EPA in order to receive coverage under the 2015 MSGP.

There are a number of differences between the 2008 and 2015 MSGPs. If you are an existing permit holder, make sure to review the new MSGP to ensure continued compliance. A fact sheet summarizing the changes can be found here.

In addition to the new permit requirements, the EPA collaborated with the U.S. Army to issue a new Clean Water Rule. This rule defines the water protected under the Clean Water Act and clarifies federal protections for water and wetlands. To find out more about the Clean Water Rule and if it applies to you, consult the EPA’s Clean Water Rule Fact Sheet here.

Freer Consulting has extensive experience in the field of stormwater management. If you would like to know more about how Freer Consulting can help you obtain stormwater permit coverage or comply with stormwater discharge regulations, contact us at 206-285-9044 or [email protected].