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Public Notice

STATE POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (SPDES) GENERAL PERMITS FOR STORMWATER DISCHARGES from CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY and MUNICIPAL SEPARATE STORM SEWER SYSTEMS (MS4s)

This notice is to inform the public that the two (2) existing general permits, the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity Permit No. GP-02-01 and the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) Permit No. GP-02-02, will continue and all conditions of those general permits will remain in force and effect. These general permits were set to expire on January 8, 2008, but pursuant to the following Standard Permit Conditions contained in these general permits, GP-02-01 and GP-02-02 will continue until new general permits are issued.

Part V.B. of GP-02-01 (Construction General Permit) states:

"This permit expires five (5) years after issuance on January 8, 2008. However, coverage may be obtained under the expired general permit which will continue in force and effect until a new general permit is issued. After issuance of a new general permit, those with coverage under GP-02-01 will have six (6) months from the effective date of the new general permit to complete their project or obtain coverage under the new permit. Unless otherwise notified by the Department in writing, operators seeking authorization under a new general permit must submit a new NOI in accordance with the terms of such new general permit..."

Part VI.C of GP-02-02 (MS4 Permit) states:

"This permit expires five (5) years after issuance on January 8, 2008. However, an expired general permit continues in force and effect until the Department issues a new one unless an MS4 receives written notice from the Department to the contrary. Operators seeking authorization under a new general permit must submit a new NOI in accordance with the terms of such new general permit."

The following draft renewal permits were made available for public review on October 10, 2007: the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity, Permit No. GP-0-08-001, and the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), Permit No. GP-0-08-002. The comment period for those draft general permits closed on December 10, 2007 and 125 sets of comments were submitted. Department staff expect to complete review and response to those comments within three (3) months. Until the issuance of new general permits related to stormwater discharges from construction activity and from MS4s, new and existing authorizations will continue to be administered under the existing general permits (GP-02-01 and GP-02-02).




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