Note that TCEQ renewed the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit for industrial facilities, TXR050000, which expired August 14, 2016. All industries covered under the current MSGP permit are required to submit a new Notice of Intent (NOI) or No Exposure Certification (NEC) to TCEQ. The NOI or NEC will also need to be sent to the City of Beaumont Public Works Department, Attn: Stormwater Program. The industry will also be required to revise their Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) according to the new permit.
The City uses a combination of water quality monitoring and prioritized industrial inspections to identify facilities for on-site inspections. Upon inspection of the facilities in question, the City will request from each facility a copy of its Notice of Intent (NOI) and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), including training records, monitoring results (or waivers as appropriate) and copies of the annual comprehensive facility evaluations. Failure to provide these documents will constitute non-compliance with not only the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit but also the City of Beaumont’s Watershed Protection Ordinance.
The City of Beaumont maintains a list of all industrial facilities within the MS4. Any facility not currently permitted under the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit should refer to the following materials to determine if the facility requires a permit. If it does, the facility needs to expedite the process and notify the City of Beaumont that it has submitted a Notice of Intent (NOI) or No Exposure Certification (NEC). Applicants for the Multi-Sector General Permit (TXR050000), who discharge to an MS4, must submit a signed copy of their Notice of Intent (NOI) or No Exposure Certification (NEC) to the operator of the system. Permittees must also provide a copy of any Notice of Change (NOC) or Notice of Termination (NOT) to the operator of the system. Again, if a facility is unsure as to whether or not it needs a permit or needs further assistance in determining eligibility, the facility can contact the City of Beaumont Public Works Department at 409-880-3725 for additional information.
All categories of industrial facilities (except construction activities) may be excluded from industrial storm water discharge permitting requirements on a conditional basis. If a facility can certify that a condition of no exposure exists, then it does not have a storm water discharge associated with industrial activity, and therefore does not need to obtain a storm water permit.
No exposure means that all industrial materials or activities are protected by a storm resistant shelter or are otherwise projected to prevent exposure to rain, snow, snowmelt, and/or runoff. Industrial materials or activities include, but are not limited to, material handling equipment or activities, industrial machinery, raw materials, intermediate products, by-products, final products, or waste products. Material handling activities include the storage, loading and unloading, transportation, or conveyance of any raw material, intermediate product, final product, or waste product.
Storm resistant shelter is not required for:
- drums, barrels, tanks and similar containers that are tightly sealed, provided those containers are not deteriorated and do not leak;
- adequately maintained vehicles used in material handling; and
- final products, other than products that would be mobilized in storm water discharge (e.g., rock salt).