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Less than 1% of ALL THE WATER ON EARTH is in our Creeks, Rivers and Lakes!    IT's ALL ABOUT KEEPING OUR WATER CLEAN!
The Clean Water Act laws in our country will keep us as the worlds leader in clean water so that we can fish, swim, drink and boat in water that won't make us sick! Working together as developers, builders, contractors and enforcement authorities is the only way to make this happen! 
Keeping you aware of our laws and motivated to use old and new technologies to treat and contain sediment on site is our mission!
OUR new RECERTIFICATION Courses for LEVEL 1A, 1B and 2.  
Our courses have up to date information on the New NPDES General Permit with a FOCUS on the New NOI, impaired stream segments and other general permit requirements.  Call for details!
Click on this link for a list of our TESTIMONIALS.
Call us at 678-469-5120 or click here to schedule your Georgia certification,  recertification, or to arrange a private training. 
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What is the NOI and how does it affect me on a construction site?
As a Local Issuing Authority Enforcement Mod Ord - pg 8 FinalInspector (Red Card Holder) under state law (GESA), it is your responsibility to require that owner/operators in your jurisdiction have the NOI, the Return Receipt for sending this document to the EPD, and their NPDES General Permit, on their site!
As a construction site owner/operator (Blue Card Holder)under the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and state law (GESA), it is your responsibility to have the NOI, the Return Receipt for sending this document to the EPD, and the NPDES General Permit, on your site!
The Notice of Intent (NOI) is a government application that an owner/operator must complete and submit in order to discharge stormwater in association with construction activity.  

Due to the certification program requirements in Georgia, most people should understand by now that ALL construction activities 1-Acre or larger must obtain NPDES General Permit coverage before breaking ground.  The NOI is the application that an Owner/Operator must complete and submit to the GA EPD in order to not violate the Federal Clean Water Act and the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act. 
Click here for more information about the Federal NPDES General Permit Requirements.
Click here for the GA EPD website where you can download the new NOI forms, NPDES General Permits, NOT forms, AND MUCH MORE for Georgia construction.  
"Most of the builders that we have interviewed in Georgia, do not understand the fundamental requirements of the NPDES General Permit.  I believe that this is mostly due to poor enforcement." 
Call us at 678-469-5120 (or go to where you will be directed to the GeoLOGIC website) to schedule yourself or your organization for one of our courses.
Home Builders Clean Water Settlement WASHINGTON-Four of the nation's largest home builders have agreed to pay civil penalties totaling $4.3 million to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
Centex: $1,485,000
KB Home: $1,185,000
Pulte: $877,000
Richmond: $795,000
The companies also have agreed to implement company-wide compliance programs that go beyond current regulatory requirements and put controls in place that will keep 1.2 billion pounds of sediment from polluting our nation's waterways each year.
"EPA requires that construction sites obtain permits and take simple, basic steps to prevent pollutants from contaminating storm water and harming our nation's waterways," said Granta Y. Nakayama, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. "Today's settlement sets a new bar for the home building industry."
CITGO - LARGEST FINE for a Clean Water Act Misdemeanor
The $13,000,000.00 fine levied against CITGO, a Delaware corporation, on September 17, 2008, is the largest ever for a criminal misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA").  CITGO pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Lake Charles, Louisiana, for negligently failing to maintain storm water tanks and failing to maintain adequate storm water storage capacity at its petroleum refinery in Sulphur, Louisiana in violation of the CWA.  As a result of these failures approximately 53,000 barrels of oil was discharged into the Indian Marais and Calcasieu Rivers following a heavy rain storm.  CITGO was sentenced to pay a $13,000,000.00 fine for the negligent discharges.  In addition to the fine, CITGO was to implement an Environmental Compliance Plan ("ECP") which will require CITGO to take measures to ensure a spill of this type will not occur in the future.

Arizona developer agrees to settle Clean Water Act violations along the Santa Cruz River
Release date: 10/07/2008

WASHINGTON - An Arizona land developer and a contractor have agreed to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act for bulldozing, filling, and diverting approximately five miles of the Santa Cruz River, a major waterway in Arizona, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

According to the settlement, Scottsdale, Ariz.-based developer George H. Johnson, his companies Johnson International, Inc.; and General Hunt Properties, Inc.; and land-clearing contractor, 3-F Contracting, Inc. will pay a combined $1.25 million civil penalty. The penalty is the largest obtained in the history of EPA's Pacific Southwest Region, and one of the largest in EPA's history, under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, which protects against the unauthorized filling of federally protected waterways through a permit program administered jointly by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
(Bass Boats included!) 
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[FRL-8580-9; EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0055 and EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0056

EPA Regions 1, 2, 3, 4 (Georgia is in Region 4), 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 are proposing an NPDES Vessel General Permit (VGP) to cover discharges incidental to the normal operation of commercial vessels and recreational vessels greater than or equal to 79 feet in length and an NPDES Recreational General Permit (RGP) to cover discharges incidental to the normal operation of recreational vessels less than 79 feet in length.
The US EPA is "cracking down" and encouraging all state and local governments to enforce the NPDES requirements more stringently! 
I hope this newsletter is beneficial for you.  Please contact me directly at 678-469-5120 with your questions or suggestions.
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T. Luke Owen, PG
Director, NPDES Stormwater Training Institute
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