Modification proposed for 2008 NPDES general permit for stormwater discharges from construction activities

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 19, 2009 -- EPA is proposing for public comment a modification to the 2008 NPDES general permits for stormwater discharges associated with construction activity that would extend by one-year the expiration date of the permit...

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 19, 2009 -- EPA Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 today are proposing for public comment a modification to the 2008 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits for stormwater discharges associated with construction activity in order to extend by one-year the expiration date of the permit. Hereinafter, these NPDES general permits will be referred to as "permit" or "2008 construction general permit" or "2008 CGP."

The 2008 CGP was originally issued for a period not to exceed two (2) years. Today, EPA proposes to modify the CGP in order to extend the 2-year term of the 2008 CGP by one year so that it expires on June 30, 2011, instead of June 30, 2010. If EPA finalizes this action, the 2008 CGP will be in effect for a period of three (3) years. By Federal law, no NPDES permit may be issued for a period that exceeds five (5) years.

DATES: Comments on EPA's proposal, including the draft permit, must be postmarked by November 18, 2009. If finalized as proposed, EPA would be extending the expiration date of the 2008 CGP until midnight June 30, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted electronically, by mail, or through hand delivery/courier. To send comments directly to the docket for this notice, go to the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at http://www.Regulations.gov and enter Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0238 in the Search Box under "Comment or Submission."

Comments may be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to ow-docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0238.

To send comments by mail in hard copy or via a Disk or CD/ROM, use the following address: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0238.

To send comments by hand delivery or courier, deliver your comments to: Public Reading Room, Room B102, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2008-0238. Further instructions for submitting comments are provided in Section I.C.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Greg Schaner, Water Permits Division, Office of Wastewater Management (Mail Code: 4203M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., EPA East, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-0721; fax number: (202) 564-6431; e-mail address: schaner.greg@epa.gov.

Beginning November 1, 2009, users of EPA's Federal Register Web site will be redirected to Regulations.gov for all Federal Register information.

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