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STORM WATER GENERAL PERMIT ISSUED FOR USE IN EIGHT REGIONS

Release Date: 11/09/2000
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FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, NOV. 9, 2000
STORM WATER GENERAL PERMIT ISSUED
FOR USE IN EIGHT REGIONS


EPA is reissuing the Multi-sector Storm Water General Permit to control storm water discharges from 29 industrial activity sectors and to protect water quality in rivers, lakes, wetlands and marine waters. The general permit, issued under the Clean Water Act’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), controls storm water discharges within eight EPA regions (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10) where the Agency is the permitting authority. The current general permit was first issued on Sept. 29, l995 and expired Sept. 29, 2000. EPA is making it easier for permittees, many of them small businesses, to understand and comply with the general permit. The new permit was published in the Federal Register on Oct. 30. Copies of the permit and additional information on the NPDES storm water program are available at: http://www.epa.gov/owm/sw/industry/msgp/index.htm.

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