Within the next year the scope of the entities affected
by the water quality regulations will be greatly expanded.
Commercial and Industrial businesses will likely bear
the brunt of the enforcement actions for two reasons.
One, the Regional Water Quality Control Board has increased
its investigation and enforcement staff. Two, cities are
now mandated to catalog and inspect businesses within
their jurisdiction. In March 2003, schools, hospitals
and prisons will also be required to have a Water Quality
Management Plan on file with the Regional Board.
will these new rules start to be enforced? Enforcement
has already started--and violations can be expensive
for non-compliance, costing up to $10,000 per day.
can you avoid the fines? Given the fact that
many enforcement entities are using surprise inspections,
the best way to avoid having your business shut down
or fined is to prepare in advance. In most circumstances
this means creating a Stormwater Pollution Prevention
Plan, training employees and using acceptable Best Management
Practices. Wading through the regulations can be difficult
and change according to your location. Let us help you
develop a program that keeps you in the clear.
Are you subject to the upcoming
Phase II Regulations?
Phase II of the NPDES Program requires State departments,
schools, local municipal districts, prisons and hospitals
to comply with the “small MS4” general permit
by March 10, 2003. The program requires that affected
entities establish a Water Quality Management Plan that
includes 6 new programs including outreach, training
and inspection. Let us help you in creating a “Clearwater
Program” meet your obligations. From public education
to water quality inspections we can assist you in meeting
your goals, and keep you out of hot water with the Regional
and State Water Boards.
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