Public Notice Process for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) General Permit Applications
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizens Board approved the reissuance of the General NPCES/SDS Permit MNR040000 for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4 General Permit) with an effective date of August 1, 2013. Through this MS4 General Permit, MS4s are required to develop and implement a stormwater pollution prevention program (SWPPP) to reduce the discharge of pollutants from their storm sewer system to the maximum extent practicable. The MPCA will provide public notice on the individual MS4 SWPPP Applications for Reauthorization (SWPPP Documents) for all 233 small MS4s regulated under the MS4 General Permit. It is the responsibility of the MS4 owner and/or operator to comply with the requirements of the MS4 General Permit and their SWPPP Document.
Pursuant to the requirements of a Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling, the MPCA is required to provide public notice and opportunity for hearing on the proposed SWPPP Documents for regulated small MS4s. Owners and operators of regulated small MS4s seeking authorization under the MS4 General Permit to discharge stormwater from their MS4 must submit a complete MS4 SWPPP Application for Reauthorization (SWPPP Document). The SWPPP Document must include best management practices applicable to their MS4, and measurable goals to address the six minimum measures described in the MS4 General Permit. These SWPPP Documents are the subject of this public notice process.
The following is a summary of the process for public notice of SWPPP Documents under the 2013 Reissuance of the General NPCES/SDS Permit MNR040000 for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4 General Permit). The MPCA will provide public notice and opportunity for hearing on the SWPPP Documents in accordance with Minn. R. ch 7001, and the procedures of the MS4 General Permit.
- State Register notice
The MPCA published Public Notice of the Public Notice Process for Municipal Storm Water Pollution Prevention Programs and General Permit Applications in the State Register September 9, 2013, and December 10, 2013. The public notice included a description of the procedure for public noticing SWPPP Documents for small MS4s, and information on how interested persons can be notified when the individual SWPPPs are public noticed and available for comment.
The MPCA intends to establish a special interest e-mail list for the purpose of providing notification to interested persons of the public notice dates for the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP) Documents during the MS4 General Permit re-application period in 2013. To request to be placed on the special interest e-mail list for public notice of MS4 SWPPP Documents, please send an e-mail with your name, complete e-mail address, and telephone number to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the latest copy of the Minnesota State Register Notice.
- SWPPP Documents
Small MS4s regulated under the MS4 General Permit must submit their MS4 SWPPP Application for Reauthorization (SWPPP Document) to the MPCA by the following dates, according to assigned Group placement found in Appendix A of the MS4 General Permit.
Group 1: 90 days after permit effective date (October 30, 2013)
Group 2: 120 days after permit effective date (December 2, 2013)
Group 3: 150 days after permit effective date (December 30, 2013)
- Review of application and SWPPPs
The MPCA MS4 staff will review submitted SWPPP Documents for completeness and adequacy.
- Public notice of SWPPPs
SWPPP Documents will be public noticed in small groups on the MPCA Public Notices page when individual review by MPCA MS4 staff is complete. Please note: only complete and adequate SWPPP Documents will be public noticed.
Information on how to submit comments or petitions to the MPCA will be provided within the public notice. The MPCA will also provide notice to interested persons that individual SWPPP Documents are available for public comment.
- Response to comments
The MPCA MS4 staff will review all comments and forward them to the appropriate MS4 permittee contact for consideration and resolution of comments with stakeholders. The MS4 permittee contact will then be required to provide resolution of comments back to MPCA MS4 staff.
For more information regarding the MS4 permit application or public notice process, please contact the following staff. If outside the metro area, please call 1-800-657-3864.
Wendy Gardner-Pritchard, 651-757-2090