Georgia Issues Draft Industrial Stormwater Permit

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) has posted a draft of the 2017 NPDES General Permit No. GAR050000 for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity. The current (2012) version of the permit is set to expire on May 31, 2017, and this revision will replace it. Most facilities with industrial activities exposed to stormwater are required to have a permit to allow the stormwater to discharge. Some facilities have individual permits, but the majority of industrial facilities are able to obtain coverage under this General Permit, which establishes requirements that are applicable to all covered facilities.

Over the coming weeks, the GAEPD will be hosting stakeholder meetings that are open to the public, and representatives for Conversion Technology, Inc. (CTI) will be attending. The stakeholder meetings are organized by industry sectors, and will be held on August 9th, 16th, and 23rd. The specific details of the meeting provided by Mr. Dan Loudermilk of GAEPD are below:

First Meeting
Sectors D, E, F, I, J, K, L
Date: August 9, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Second Meeting
Sectors M, N, T, U, W, Y, Z, AA
Date: August 18, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Third Meeting
Sectors A, B, C, G, H, O, P, Q, R, S, V
Date: August 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.

The location of the meetings will be at the GAEPD Tradeport Training Room located at 4244 International Parkway, Suite 116, Atlanta, GA 30354.

Interested parties have the opportunity to submit written comments by September 2, 2016. The EDP promises to consider the discussions from the stakeholder meetings and written comments prior to issuing a proposed permit. Once the proposed permit is issued, a formal public meeting will be held after a 30-day notice period. This formal meeting is currently planned for November 8, 2016.

We are currently reviewing the draft permit and will be writing an article in our next newsletter about the proposed changes. If you would like to be added to our newsletter list, please email

More information from the GAEPD is available here: GAEPD Storm Water
Information about the CTI’s stormwater consulting services can be found here: Storm Water Services

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