On Friday, July 19, the State Water Resources Control Board ("State Water Board") issued the latest draft of the Statewide General National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System ("NPDES") Permit for the Discharge of Storm Water Associated With Industrial Activities (the "IGP"). The IGP is issued under the federal Clean Water Act and state law to regulate operators of industrial facilities that discharge storm water into "waters of the United States." The IGP contains many significant changes from the previous general industrial storm water NPDES permit issued in 1997, which remains in effect until the new IGP is adopted (the State Water Board anticipates adoption in January 2014). A number of the IGP's changes are summarized below.
The State Water Board is accepting public comments on the IGP through noon on August 29, 2013, and will also hold a public hearing to accept verbal comments at 9:00 am on August 21, 2013. The notice of opportunity to comment and all relevant permit documents related to the fourth draft IGP are available here.
This fourth draft of the IGP is the State Water Board's latest attempt to update the 1997 general industrial storm water NPDES permit, which demonstrates the long history and contentious issues that have prolonged the reissuance process.