KDHE recently issued a modified construction stormwater general permit for any project or combination of projects for construction activities that will disturb 1 or more acres.
Major modifications in the reissued permit include:
- The addition of EPA’s Construction and Development effluent guideline standard in effect at the time this general permit was issued
- Procedures for construction activities undertaken to avoid imminent endangerment in response to a public emergency
- Additional best management practices for steep slopes and drainage channels
- A revision to the Sediment Basin Design Criteria to allow reduced detention volume for areas of western Kansas
The new permit replaces the one that was in effect until March 1, 2012. Projects authorized before March 2, 2012, may operate under the previous general permit for 18 months, ending September 1, 2013. If these projects are not terminated by September 1, 2013, they must meet the requirements of the new general permit or apply for an individual stormwater discharge permit.
The primary requirement of the general permit is for the permittee to develop and implement a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).
INFO: Contact KDHE’s Jonathan Lawrence at 785-291-3684.