Step 5: Gather application materials before applying

How do I gather the necessary materials before applying for the permit?

This information is provided to help if you know that you’re required to apply for Industrial Stormwater permit coverage or certify for No Exposure, but aren’t sure what information you need to have available to fill out the application form.

Environmental review: does this apply to you?

Do you need to go through an environmental review process?  For more information about environmental reviews, visit the Environmental review web page.  If you know you have to go through this process, please fill out the environmental review form and submit it with your industrial stormwater application form.  For more information about environmental review where MPCA is the responsible agency (RGU) contact Dan Card at 651-757-2261.

Step 5a: Address parts 1-9 if you can certify for the No Exposure exclusion

Step 5b: Address parts 1-14 if you are required to apply for permit coverage.

The following information has been separated into two columns for those who need permit coverage or those who can certify a condition of No Exposure. See below for detailed information about each requirement.

 

Required information to apply

For No Exposure certifiers

For permittees

1

Narrative Activities (if applicable)

X

X

2

Primary SIC Code, Co-located SIC codes

X

X

3

Permit numbers or Hazardous Waste ID numbers, if otherwise regulated by the MPCA

X

X

4

Facility information (facility name, owner name, facility street address)

X

X

5

Description of Facility

X

X

6

Facility location information: Latitude/longitude of the facility

X

X

7

Facility contacts (facility owner, facility operator, facility contact)

X

X

8

Answers to No Exposure questions

X

X

9

Acreage of industrial activities

 

X

10

SWPPP completion

 

X

11

Information if stormwater discharges to a regulated MS4

 

X

12

List/describe your stormwater discharges to surface waters

 

X

13

Monitoring location information (name/description, latitude/longitude, Narrative Activities/SIC codes at each monitoring location)

 

X

14

Application fee

 

X

Detailed Information for each requirement

  1. Identify all applicable Narrative Activities conducted at the Facility. If your facility has narrative activity, you must apply for permit coverage. 

    Narrative Activities:  
    • A4: Discharges from Wet Decking Storage Areas (Timber Products)
    • C1: Runoff from phosphate fertilizer manufacturing facilities that comes into contact with raw materials/finished products/by-products/waste products
    • D2: Discharges from Production of Asphalt Emulsions Areas
    • E3: Cement Manufacturing Facility, Material Storage Runoff
    • K1: Hazardous Waste Treatment/Storage/Disposal Facility for Discharges Not Subject To Effluent Limitations In 40 CFR Part 445 Subpart A (NOT a hazardous waste generator)
    • K2: Hazardous Waste Treatment/Storage/Disposal Facility for Discharges Subject To Effluent Limitations In 40 CFR Part 445 Subpart A (NOT a hazardous waste generator)
    • L1: Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Areas Closed in Accordance with 40 CFR 258.60
    • L2: Open Or Closed Non-Hazardous Waste Landfill And Land Application Site Not Discharging to Surface Water
    • L3: Landfill That Discharges To Surface Waters Stormwater That Has Directly Contacted Solid Waste
    • O1: Coal Fired and Oil Fired Steam Electric Generating Facility
    • O2: Nuclear, Natural Gas Fired, and Any Other Fuel Source Used For Steam Electric Generation
    • O3: Runoff from coal storage piles at steam electric generating facility
    • S3: Existing and new primary airports with 1,000 or more annual jet departures that discharge wastewater associated with airfield pavement deicing that contains urea commingled with stormwater.
    • T1: Treatment Works with design flow of 1 million gallons per day or more or are required to have an approved pretreatment program under 40 CFR pt 403
  1. SIC Codes: What is your facility’s primary SIC code? You must list your primary SIC code and all other regulated SIC codes (up to 5) on the application. These tools will help you find your SIC codes/industrial activities by keyword (or through reverse NAICS code search):
  1. Provide permit numbers or Hazardous Waste ID numbers, if otherwise regulated by the MPCA. This information will help the MPCA with data accuracy. Go to MPCA's What’s in My Neighborhood to search for your facility to obtain the assigned ID numbers. 
    Examples:
    • EPA ID Number: MND006172969
    • Air Permit number: 08500008
    • Industrial Stormwater Permit Number: MNR0533XP
  2. Provide the facility name and facility owner name and full physical address/location where the actual industrial operations occur.
  1. Describe the industrial activity at the facility using a few sentences. Only indicating the narrative activity or Primary SIC code is not enough.
  2. Include the decimal latitude and longitude for the facility. Give the latitude and longitude of a point within the facility that is closest to the geographical center of the facility. To look up the latitude and longitude information electronically, use this Lat/Long search tool.
  3. Provide name, email address, phone number, fax number and address (if different from facility information) of the owner of the facility/business, the facility operator, and site contact and fees/billing contact person. If a facility is leasing a building or land, this question pertains to the owner/operator of the industrial activity, not the land or building owner.
  4. Prepare answers to No Exposure Questions. Are any of facility’s industrial materials and/or activities exposed to precipitation, now or in the foreseeable future? Facilities that shelter all significant materials and activities from stormwater may be eligible for a five-year exclusion from the industrial stormwater permit’s requirements. This exclusion is referred to as “No Exposure Exclusion.” See Step 2 of the 14 Steps to Compliance page for more information and for common sources of exposure at No Exposure facilities.

Note: If a facility cannot certify for No Exposure, address items 9-14.

9. Provide the total acreage of your industrial activities at your facility.

  • Total acres of facility (example: 10 acres)
  • Total acreage of office buildings and parking lots, where no industrial activities are occurring (example: 5 acres)
  • Total acreage of landscaped/natural acreage of areas where no industrial activities are occurring (example: 2 acres)
  • Total acres of industrial activities: a-b-c=d (example: 3 acres)
  1. A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) must be created before applying. Be sure it contains the following:
    • Facility map
    • Review of all significant materials and pollutants
    • Description of Stormwater Controls
    • Inspection records
    • Non-stormwater evaluation at monitoring locations
    • A Preventative Maintenance Program
    • A Spill Prevention and Response Procedure 
    • Employee Training Program
    • A Mercury Minimization Plan (if required)
    • Qualified personnel who are responsible for the implementation/management of SWPPP
    • All modifications of BMPs and any newly listed material or activities

For more information on SWPPP content, see Step 4 of the Steps to Compliance page.

  1. Provide information if stormwater discharges flow to any regulated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). Also, these facilities must notify the operator of the first MS4 that receives this discharge of the existence of this industrial stormwater general permit authorization. Visit the MS4 Web page for more information about whether or not you discharge to a regulated MS4 collection system and see the following documents:
  2. Provide the name of surface water(s) and type of surface water(s) (e.g., Fen, Ditch, Lake, Lake Trout Lake, Pond, River, Stream, Trout Stream, or Wetland) that receive your industrial stormwater discharges from the facility. Indicate whether or not the facility has a monitoring location that flows to, and surface water is within one mile of, any of the facility’s monitoring location, if it is an Outstanding Resource Value Water or if it is an impaired water. One mile is defined as “as the crow flies.” Industrial stormwater could flow directly to that water, or through various conveyance systems like storm drains or ditches. Attach additional sheets if necessary.
    • ORVWs: Appendix A of the Industrial Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit, pages 169-171. For questions, contact the Water Quality Standards Unit at 651-296-6300 or 800-657-3864.
    • Trout streams or trout lakes: See the rule on the Revisor's Office web page,  Subpart 2 and 4
    • Wetlands: check out thePDF icon Determining the Location of a Wetland guidance document
    • Impaired waters: TMDL Maps page.
    • Note: For impaired waters, only check “yes” on the application if the impaired water is impaired for the facility's required monitoring parameters (Part VII of the permit) or pollutant surrogates, listed on part V of the permit.
  3. List all Benchmark and Effluent Monitoring Locations. A minimum of one monitoring location is required. Benchmark Monitoring Locations should be located below the most down-gradient Best Management Practice (BMP) from the source of industrial activity or significant material, but prior to discharging from the Permittee’s operational control. If applicable, Effluent Monitoring Locations should be located immediately below the most down-gradient BMP from the specific industrial activity that has a numeric effluent limit, but prior to where the discharge co-mingles with stormwater from other sources. Indicate the following within the application:
    • Description of the monitoring location (such as the northwest corner of the facility, near the road/driveway)
    • Latitude/longitude of each monitoring location
    • Subsector letter/number of Narrative Activities (Such as O2) or the four-digit SIC codes associated with this monitoring location
    • For help determining where to choose Benchmark and Effluent Monitoring Locations, check out the PDF icon Benchmark and effluent monitoring location diagrams for all sectors fact sheet.
  4. Application fee. The application requires a $400 application fee. For the paper application, enclose a check and please make checks payable to: “Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.” Submit the check with the completed application. Applications received without the required fee will be returned to the sender.

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