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REGULATORY OVERVIEW OF MUNICIPAL STORMWATER ISSUES. Kevin J. Garber, Esquire Babst, Calland, Clements, & Zomnir, P.C. Two Gateway Center, 8 th Floor Pittsburgh, Pa 15222 412-394-5404 [email protected] Evolution of Federal Stormwater Regulations. 1972 – Clean Water Act

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Regulatory overview of municipal stormwater issues

REGULATORY OVERVIEW OF MUNICIPAL STORMWATER ISSUES

Kevin J. Garber, Esquire

Babst, Calland, Clements, & Zomnir, P.C.

Two Gateway Center, 8th Floor

Pittsburgh, Pa 15222

412-394-5404

[email protected]


Evolution of federal stormwater regulations

Evolution of Federal Stormwater Regulations

  • 1972 – Clean Water Act

    • NPDES permitting of point source discharges

  • 1987 – Section 402(p) of CWA (33 U.S.C. § 1342(p))

    • Phased approach to stormwater permitting

  • 1990 – Phase I Regulations (55 Fed. Reg. 47990)

    • Large and medium MS4s

  • 1999 – Phase II Regulations (64 Fed. Reg. 68722)

    • Regulated small MS4s


Permitting of small ms4s

Permitting of Small MS4s

  • MS4 – Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System

  • Permit deadline – March 10, 2003

  • Most 2003 permits expire 2008

  • PADEP permit options

    • Individual Permit

    • General Permit → PAG-13

    • Joint Permit


Small ms4 obligations pag 13

Small MS4 Obligations – PAG-13

  • Stormwater Management Program

    • Six Minimum Controls

    • BMPs + Measurable Goals = Program

    • Implement by end of 1st permit term → 2008

    • Enforceable by PADEP and 3rd parties

  • Annual Report

  • Protocol

    • Pre-Approved Program


Six minimum controls

Six Minimum Controls

  • Public Education and Outreach

  • Public Participation and Involvement

  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination*

  • Construction Site Runoff*

  • Post-Construction Runoff*

  • Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping


What lies ahead

What Lies Ahead?

  • PADEP Enforcement

    • Allegheny County COAs

    • SSOs/CSOs

    • 2008 Deadline for most regulated, small MS4s

    • PADEP and 3rd parties

      • Penalties

      • Costs of Repair Work

  • TMDLs

    • Effluent Limitations?


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