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Lesson 2: Permitting Options and Requirements

Good engineering practices are to be used when selecting, designing, installing, implementing and maintaining BMPs.

At a minimum, all of the following should be implemented unless you demonstrate that these controls are not relevant (such as not having storage piles containing salt):

  • Good housekeeping – regularly clean all exposed areas such as around trash containers, storage areas, loading docks and fueling areas
  • Eliminate and minimize exposure – locate industrial materials and activities inside or protect them with storm-resistant coverings
  • Preventive maintenance – conduct regular inspections, testing, maintenance and repair of all industrial systems that might leak or spill
  • Spill prevention and response procedures – including the use of barriers and secondary containment, notification procedures, and contact information in case of a spill or release
  • Routine facility inspections – develop an inspection schedule; use qualified facility personnel to conduct inspections.
  • Employee training - educate all employees who may impact stormwater quality.
  • Erosion and sediment controls – include if there are areas that have a potential for soil erosion; structural, vegetative and/or stabilization BMPs may be necessary
  • Runoff management – implement permanent structural BMPs that divert, infiltrate, reuse, contain, or otherwise reduce pollutants in your discharges
  • Enclose/Cover piles - protect salt and other material storage piles to prevent exposure to precipitation
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