Ohio EPA Schedules Construction Storm Water General Permit Renewal Hearing

The Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing on March 28, 2018, to accept public comments about renewing the general permit for storm water discharges from construction sites in Ohio.

The public hearing will take place in Conference Room A at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus.

The construction storm water general permit covers construction sites in Ohio that disturb one or more acres. The permit identifies how to obtain coverage, requires permittees to implement a storm water pollution prevention plan to minimize or eliminate the potential for contamination of storm water discharging to Ohio’s streams and lakes.

Currently, three construction general permits are available in Ohio, including separate permits with special conditions for projects in the Big Darby Creek and portions of the Olentangy River watersheds. The Ohio EPA is proposing to incorporate the Big Darby and Olentangy permits as separate sections of the statewide permit.

Other noteworthy changes proposed in the renewal include a requirement to submit applications and storm water pollution prevention plans electronically using Ohio EPA’s eBusiness Center and changes to post-construction requirements in order to improve capture of runoff and remove 80 percent of total suspended solids.

During the hearing, verbal or written comments on the proposed general permit may be submitted. Written comments will be accepted through April 4.

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