It doesn’t apply to all of us, but if industrial stormwater management falls within your purview, you should be aware that EPA is updating the Multi-Sector General Permit, commonly known as the industrial stormwater permit. The agency is currently seeking public comment on a new draft of the MSGP.
The MSGP was last issued in 2008 and expired on September 29, 2013. The agency says the changes from the 2008 permit are minor, mainly to correct errors and improve clarity.
The MSGP applies to four states (Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico) where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority, as well as to the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and other territories. It also applies to federally operated facilities in Colorado, Delaware, Vermont, and Washington. This update, once finalized, will be in effect for five years.
Comments on the draft MSGP will be accepted for 60 days beginning September 27, the date the draft permit was published in the Federal Register. All comments must be in by November 26, 2013; the Federal Register notice includes instructions on how to submit them via website, email, or mail.
You can find more information on the proposed updates to the permit, the complete draft, and a brief fact sheet here.
StormCon Abstract Deadline: November 14
StormCon, the North American Surface Water Quality Conference and Exposition, is now seeking abstracts for presentations at StormCon 2014. The conference will take place August 3 – 7, 2014, in Portland, OR. Abstracts are due November 14, 2013.
We are seeking abstracts in seven conference tracks:
* BMP Case Studies
* Green Infrastructure
* Stormwater Program Management
* Water-Quality Monitoring
* Industrial Stormwater Management
* Advanced Research Topics
* Coastal Protection
More information on the conference and the individual tracks is available at www.StormCon.com, along with an online abstract submittal form.