Storm Water Waste

April 5, 2009

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A Primary Mission of the Council is to promote effective means of surface preparation in the maintenance industry using water and water/abrasive blasting techniques.

The theme of the 2001 Shipyard Environmental Issues Track theme is “Managing Shipyard Stormwater Discharges.”

No actual permit is issued to the facility, but rather the facilities files the NOI for permit coverage with the appropriate regulatory authority and then maintains coverage by complying with the terms of the general permit which are found in the Federal Register or equivalent state regulations.

Accordingly, shipyards may not discharge with storm water wastewaters such as bilge and ballast water, sanitary wastes, pressure washwater, and cooling water originating from vessels.

The Federal Clean Water Act generally allows for the filing of a lawsuit by any party who claims to have been adversely affected by the discharge of another.

With that, most storm water discharges are considered point sources and therefore require coverage by a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

40 CFR parts 100 thru 149 contain the USEPA’s Water Program regulatory statues.

Facilities located in these areas and currently covered under the MSGP-1995 must obtain permit coverage under the MSGP-2000.

Self-monitoring reports – EPA’s Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for storm water discharges requires operators of industrial facilities to perform as many as three types of monitoring of their storm water outfalls: visual examination, analytical monitoring, and compliance monitoring.

The Ship and Boat Building or Repair Yards listed under Sector R of the EPA’s MSGP does not require any analytical and/or compliance monitoring.

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