MPCA urges Minnesota businesses to apply for industrial stormwater permit

Contact: Anne Perry Moore, 218-302-6605, toll-free 1-800-657-3864

Deadline for businesses with manufacturing, recycling, transportation or other industrial activities is October 5.

Duluth, Minn. — A newly-re-issued industrial stormwater permit may affect thousands of businesses and organizations that need to apply or re-apply for permit coverage. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and all states require industrial stormwater permit coverage for these industry sectors. This permit establishes risk-based monitoring objectives that can be reached through best management practices and site-based controls.

The permit affects 29 sectors of industries, ranging from timber products to chemical manufacturing, scrap recycling, landfills, air transportation and salvage yards. It applies to businesses where there is a potential for stormwater to come into contact with industrial activities, products, or wastes.

Approximately 3,500 facilities currently have this permit, known as the Industrial Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit, and all must re-apply before October 5, 2014. Other businesses and organizations that do not currently have a permit are advised to determine whether they need to have one. 

To learn whether a particular business needs a permit, see step-by-step application instructions on the Industrial Stormwater Permit webpage. Questions can be addressed to program staff at 651-757-2119 or 1-800-657-3864. The penalty for late applications, or failure to apply, is $400. More information about the permit is available on the Industrial Stormwater Program webpage.

Stormwater generally refers to precipitation, snowmelt and surface runoff as well as drainage to groundwater. It is one of the most common sources of water flowing into Minnesota lakes and streams. Stormwater permit regulations help facilities prevent, reduce or control potential contamination of state surface and groundwater by restricting contact between pollutants and industrial equipment, machinery, raw materials, products, waste-handling equipment and wastes.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Current permittees and those with No Exposure certification can view previously submitted information by going to the MPCA's Industrial Stormwater Permit Information application.