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Material handling and storage, equipment maintenance and cleaning, and other activities at industrial facilities are often exposed to the weather. Runoff from rainfall or snowmelt that comes in contact with these activities can pick up pollutants, and transport them directly to a nearby river, lake, or coastal water or indirectly via a storm sewer and degrade water quality.
A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is a site-specific document that identifies all of a site's activities and conditions that could cause water pollution. The SWPPP also outlines the steps the facility will take to prevent pollution discharge that is not permitted.
"If you discharge stormwater exposed to industrial activities, then you are required to obtain a stormwater discharge permit," says Pete A. Shack, P.E. with Phoenix Environmental Engineers, Inc. "A SWPP is required if you have a TDEC stormwater discharge permit whether it is a General Permit or an Individual Permit. In some cases, the SWPPP must be submitted and accepted by TDEC."
The SWPPP must be implemented and implementation can often be hand-in-hand with a Spill Prevention, Contingency and Countermeasures Plan (SPCC).
The environmental management team at UT CIS can help you develop a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), help you audit and update your SWPPP, help you file permits and provide training on-site. Contact us today to learn more or get started.