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Proposed discharge permit for Joint Base Lewis-McChord Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)

About this Public Notice

Public Notice Issued:
January 26, 2012
Public Meeting:
March 19, 2012 in Lakewood, WA
Comments Due:
March 30, 2012
Technical Contacts:
Misha Vakoc
(206) 553-6650

Permit Number WAS-026638
Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Public Works, Environmental Division
Box 339500, MS 17
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington 98433-9500


Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) owns and operates a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) within the portion of the military subinstallation located within Pierce and Thurston Counties. Storm water runoff from the MS4 discharges to Clover Creek, Murray Creek, American Lake and other nearby water bodies.

Tentative Determination

The Region 10 Office of the EPA has tentatively determined to issue a discharge permit to the above listed applicant.

State Certification

This announcement also serves as notice that the State of Washington, Department of Ecology intends to consider issuing Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 Certification that the permit will comply with the applicable Washington Water Quality Standards. The NPDES permit will not be issued until the certification requirements of CWA Section 401 have been met.

Public Meeting March 19

EPA has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the permit and accept written comments on Monday, March 19, 2012.

The meeting will be held at the Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildaire Road Southwest, Lakewood, Washington 98499.

EPA will host an open house at 6:00 pm, and the meeting will be conducted between 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Persons wishing to request that a formal public hearing be held must submit a written request via email to the EPA address listed below no later than February 10, 2012. A request for a public hearing should identify the issues to be raised, as well as the requester's name, address and telephone number.

Public Comments due March 30

Persons wanting to comment on the proposed permit may do so in writing no later than the public notice expiration date of March 30, 2012. All comments should include the name, address and telephone number of the commenter, as well as a concise statement of the exact basis of any comment and relevant facts upon which it is based. All written comments should be submitted to:

    EPA Region 10
    Office of Water and Watersheds (OWW-130)
    Attn: NPDES Stormwater – JBLM #WAS-026638
    1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900
    Seattle, WA 98101
    Comments may also be submitted via email to Misha Vakoc (
Persons wishing to comment on the pending State Certification may do so in writing no later than the public notice expiration date, March 30, 2012, to: Vincent McGowan, Washington Department of Ecology, Southwest Regional Office, Water Quality Program, 300 Desmond Drive, Lacey, WA 98503. Comments on the pending State Certification may also be submitted via email to Vincent McGowan (

After the close of the public comment period, the Director of the Office of Water and Watersheds, EPA Region 10, will make a final determination with respect to issuance of the permit.

Administrative Record

Documents available for download:

The proposed NPDES permit and other related documents are on file and may be inspected at the EPA Region 10 office any time between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The documents are also available at:
U.S. EPA Region 10
1200 6th Avenue, Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98101
Copies and other information may be requested by writing to the EPA at the above addresses to the attention of the NPDES Permits Unit, by sending an e-mail to Audrey Washington ( or by calling (206) 553-0523.
Disability Reasonable Accommodation Notice: If you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact Audrey Washington at (206) 553-0523. TTY/TDD users please dial Washington Relay Service at 1 (800) 833-6388. Please provide one week advance notice for special requests not related to ongoing programs and services.

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