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EPAWhat does EPA's Final Rule for Construction Stormwater Really Mean?

Highlights of the Final Rule
1. Numeric Effluent Limitation (NEL) for turbidity of 280 NTU (daily average) may apply to Georgia and any other states construction sites when their present NPDES General Permits expire.  Georgia's permit expires July 31, 2013.
2. The NEL is not applicable on days when total precipitation on that day is greater than the local two-year, 24-hour storm event;
3. Non-numeric effluent limits (aka: minimum BMPs) to prevent the mobilization of sediment and sediment bound pollutants - Apply to all permitted sites and becomes effective 60 days after the publication of the final rule;
4. Post construction standards are not addressed by this rule making, but the discussion indicates there will be a future rule making to address new development and re-development.
* Contiguous or non-contiguous areas that are part of the same project or common plan of development. NEL requirement is removed when total disturbed area drops below the threshold.
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Top Soiling
Organic matter, such as compost, improves the water and nutrient-holding capacity of the soil, adds valuable micro-organisms that aid in nutrient uptake by plants, reduces soil erosion and filters and buffers potential pollutants. Apply three inches of organic matter to the soil surface and incorporate it into the soil 12 inches deep. One cubic yard of material will cover 100 square feet approximately three inches deep. When buying organic material, one cubic yard is equal to 27 cubic feet which is nine, 3-cubic feet bags or 14, 2-cubic feet bags.

Add organic matter uniformly across the planting area.
Mulch holds moisture in the soil.
Apply pine straw, shredded hardwood or bark mulch three inches deep: two bales of pine straw cover approximately 100 square feet; 14, 2-cubic feet bags of mulch cover 100 square feet.
Apply mulch under the entire canopy of the plant.

Judge Rules in Atlanta's Favor in Service Delivery Act Hearing
Land Disturbance JudgementNovember 14, 2009 - The City of Atlanta yesterday scored a critical victory in federal court in its ongoing efforts to comply with its Consent Decree obligations when District Court Judge Thomas Thrash ruled that the water and wastewater aspects of the Service Delivery Act were such an integral part of the City's Consent Decree agreements that any further litigation on the issue of Atlanta's right to provide service to the cities of Sandy Springs, Fairburn, Palmetto, Union City and College Park must be heard in federal court. Judge Thrash joined the plaintiffs into the ongoing Consent Decree cases, allowing the City of Atlanta to file a complaint against them if the City believes their actions pose a threat to continued compliance with negotiated agreements.
"I find that the Service Delivery Act poses a substantial and immediate threat to the City of Atlanta's ability to comply with the Consent Decrees," Judge Thrash said during the hearing. "The Consent Decrees will be complied with. That is all I care about."
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Verizon Wireless Voluntarily Discloses Environmental Violations

Cellco Partnership, doing business as Verizon Wireless, has agreed to pay a $468,600 civil penalty to settle self-disclosed violations discovered at 655 facilities in 42 states.  EPA encourages companies with multiple facilities to conduct corporate-wide audits and develop corporate-wide compliance systems.
Verizon voluntarily entered into a corporate audit agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and conducted environmental compliance audits at more than 25,000 facilities nation-wide.  The Environmental Appeals Board at EPA has approved an administrative settlement resolving violations Verizon found through its compliance audits.    
Verizon promptly corrected the violations found during its audit, which included preparing and implementing spill prevention, control, and countermeasure plans, applying for appropriate air permits, and submitting reports to state and local emergency planning and response organizations informing them of the presence of hazardous substances. 
EPA factors in the companies' cooperation and willingness to do the audit voluntarily, and the penalties are typically lower than if the same violations were discovered through enforcement.
Since 1998, nearly 5,400 telecom facilities have been brought into compliance through 35 settlements as part of EPA's enforcement effort to improve compliance in the telecom sector. 
Verizon is required to pay the penalty within 30 days.
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Facility: Fulton County sewer system
Location: Fulton County
Cause of Order: Spill/fish kill to pond near River Run Drive, and entered tributary of Chattahoochee River
Requirement(s) of Order:     Continue proper stream sampling for major spill, including upstream/downstream, for appropriate parameters; submit results, as required; provide Sanitary Sewer Overflow Response, Mitigation, and Notification Requirements Standard Operating Procedure (including immediate contact with Wildlife Resources Div. if fish kill occurs)   
Date Notice Posted: November 23, 2009 Comment Period Closes: December 23, 2009
Send Comments To: Ms. Linda MacGregor-Chief
Watershed Protection Branch
4220 International Parkway, Suite 101
Atlanta, Georgia 30354

Unpermitted discharge/fish kill in Little Tired Creek
Facility: Graco Fertilizer Company/Cairo
Location: Grady County
Requirement(s) of Order:     Have conducted by professional engineer, proper post-rainfall sampling events(3) of any unpermitted discharge or storm water discharges from facility (facility also submitted Notice of Intent for coverage under General NPDES Permit for storm water discharges associated with industrial activities); provide detailed written report from engineer, including all appropriate lab analysis for each sampling event;  
Settlement Amount: $4377.42 
Date Notice Posted: November 16, 2009
The NPDES Training Institute Newsletter is intended to be a useful tool for all individuals involved stormwater management, especially those on construction sites. 
There's a lot happening now with water regulations!  If you have areas of interest you would like to discuss, questions, or comments, please contact us at 678-469-5120.
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