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Ohio's Next Generation of Storm Water Permit Update

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Storm water discharges have been regulated in Ohio for several years requiring coverage by a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The primary method to control storm water discharges is through the use of best management practices (BMPs) described in the storm water pollution prevention plan (SWPPP).

Ohio’s NEW draft Industrial Storm Water General Permit (OHR000006) has been public noticed for comment. If your company is a permittee of the old NPDES industrial storm water general permit (OHR000005), the coverage will continue (even though it is expired) until your company receives a renewal notice from Ohio EPA stating that the general permit renewal (OHR000006) is now available. Permittees of OHR000005 will have up to 90 days from the receipt of that renewal notice to apply for coverage under OHR000006. Also, beginning February 1, 2017 the forms are only accessible electronically via the Ohio EPA eBusiness center.

The benefits of electronic submission include a much easier form and streamlined experience with no hard copies to mail. There are also streamlined payment options as well. Both paper check and ePAY options, and fast & efficient Agency review/issuance (from 21+ days to 72 hrs. when submitting via STREAMS vs. the previous hard copy method). 

August Mack Environmental has assisted facilities throughout the state of Ohio with completing facility NOIs and stormwater pollution prevention plans. Be watching for notification to come from OEPA triggering the OHR000006 re-permitting process, and SWPPP update. Contact Scott Pfeiffer at with any questions you may have, or call 740-548-1500.

Post Date: 5/9/2017

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