With the final draft of the new 2020 Federal Multi-sector General Permit (MSGP) imminent, what lessons have we learned from states that have already moved forward with increased National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations for Industrial Stormwater Permittees and Dischargers?
Join Forester University for this live, educational, two-part webinar as returning speaker Jonathan Meronek (Project Manager at SCS Engineers) reviews the fundamental changes of the upcoming MSGP and highlights some of the new regulations it sets forth.
We will discuss changes that include Benchmark Exceedance Response mechanisms under Advanced Implementation Measures (AIMs), including Tier 1, 2, & 3 Triggers, Responses, Deadlines, and Exceptions. To assist stormwater dischargers in achieving compliance, we will also look at the “Inspection Only” options for identified “Low Risk” and light manufacturing facilities, potential No Exposure Certifications (NECs), and the proposed modifications for determining background pollutant contributions.
After reviewing the fundamental Draft MSGP tenets, we will then shift our focus to examining the current statewide General Permits of the Pacific States (California, Washington, and Oregon). These states are beginning to see the benefits of overall compliance and better receiving water quality. Under the exceedance and tiered compliance, facilities are now held more accountable and can better compare themselves to other companies within their industrial sector. Questions arising from the Exceedance Response Action (ERA) scenario include: Are they facing the same challenges with elevated pollutants of concern from their facility’s industrial stormwater discharge? What BMPs have they implemented, and have they been effective in reducing and/or eliminating pollutants in stormwater discharge? How do 303d water impairments and Total Maximum Daily Loads affect the dischargers? These become the considerations and strategies for industrial stormwater managers and facility owners as they move from Baseline Tiers to ERA Level 1 and, subsequently, ERA Level 2 Status.
Stormwater regulation is evolving, pushing more responsibility onto dischargers by holding them accountable through categorization based on their ability to meet numeric benchmarks and determining their status based on how they respond and implement effective BMPs. Ultimately, it is up to the industrial permittee to take initiative, with an eye to priorities and feasibility for the future of their stormwater compliance program.
By participating in this webinar, attendees will:
- Understand the significant changes that are imminent in the upcoming Federal 2020 MSGP
- Explore how those changes (including benchmarks, exceedance responses, and directives) could potentially influence states' NPDES Industrial General Permits
- Examine and learn by example from states that currently have elements in place that mirror the new MSGP requirements and what those regulations require of their permittees/dischargers
- Discuss lessons learned so far by those permittees/dischargers
- Know how to better prepare and your stormwater management program for the future as stormwater managers, consultants, and owners under the increasing regulatory trajectory
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