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Navigating Permits, Plans, Inspections and Monitoring

If your operations discharge pollutants into US waters, a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit is likely required. Under the Clean Water Act, the NPDES compliance program addresses water pollution from point sources discharging into US waters. Point sources include defined conveyances like pipes, ditches and channels, as well as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). A variety of pollutants, from sewage sludge to industrial waste, fall under NPDES scrutiny.

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If your operations discharge pollutants into US waters, a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit is likely required. Under the Clean Water Act, the NPDES compliance program addresses water pollution from point sources discharging into US waters. Point sources include defined conveyances like pipes, ditches and channels, as well as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). A variety of pollutants, from sewage sludge to industrial waste, fall under NPDES scrutiny.

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Why ECS for NPDES compliance services

ECS specializes in assisting clients with NPDES compliance. From reviewing operations to obtaining permits, conducting inspections, monitoring and providing staff training on permit requirements and property inspections, we help secure regulatory compliance while reducing operational disruptions.

Activities requiring NPDES compliance include:

  • CAFOs
  • Forest roads
  • Industrial wastewater
  • Non-sanitary municipal wastewater
  • Nutrients
  • Pesticides
  • Stormwater discharge

Special attention is given to stormwater discharges, which may necessitate additional plans such as stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPP) for construction or industrial activities.

Why ECS for NPDES compliance services

ECS specializes in assisting clients with NPDES compliance. From reviewing operations to obtaining permits, conducting inspections, monitoring and providing staff training on permit requirements and property inspections, we help secure regulatory compliance while reducing operational disruptions.

Activities requiring NPDES compliance include:

  • CAFOs
  • Forest roads
  • Industrial wastewater
  • Non-sanitary municipal wastewater
  • Nutrients
  • Pesticides
  • Stormwater discharge

Special attention is given to stormwater discharges, which may necessitate additional plans such as stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPP) for construction or industrial activities.

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Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans

SWPPPs are often mandated for construction sites and industrial dischargers to obtain NPDES permit coverage. Industries subject to SWPPP requirements include chemical manufacturing, asphalt paving, hazardous waste treatment facilities, automobile salvage yards and others mandated by state or local regulations. Navigating NPDES compliance can be complex, but with ECS by your side, you can adhere to regulations while enhancing your operations.

Understanding NPDES permits

NPDES permits, issued by either state authorities or the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), establish pollutant levels for discharges and typically have a duration of up to five years, with the option for renewal anytime.

There are two permit types:

  • General permits covering similar industries or sources
  • Individual permits tailored to specific sources or pollutants requiring closer scrutiny

ECS’ experts are adept at navigating state and federal requirements for securing NPDES permits, streamlining the process to keep your project and inspection timelines on track.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans

SWPPPs are often mandated for construction sites and industrial dischargers to obtain NPDES permit coverage. Industries subject to SWPPP requirements include chemical manufacturing, asphalt paving, hazardous waste treatment facilities, automobile salvage yards and others mandated by state or local regulations. Navigating NPDES compliance can be complex, but with ECS by your side, you can adhere to regulations while enhancing your operations.

Understanding NPDES permits

NPDES permits, issued by either state authorities or the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), establish pollutant levels for discharges and typically have a duration of up to five years, with the option for renewal anytime.

There are two permit types:

  • General permits covering similar industries or sources
  • Individual permits tailored to specific sources or pollutants requiring closer scrutiny

ECS’ experts are adept at navigating state and federal requirements for securing NPDES permits, streamlining the process to keep your project and inspection timelines on track.