Businesses in specific industries must develop a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (swppp) Plan. A Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan identifies potential sources of pollution that may affect the quality of storm water discharges from a facility.
The plan is also intended to insure that the Best Management Practices (BMP’s) are included as part of the implementation process. By following the guidelines of the BMP, companies are able to design and implement a SWPPP plan that is specific to their industry while reducing the amount of pollutants that flow into storm water.
To protect the safety and integrity of these water resources, many businesses are required by the EPA to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. In order to obtain an NPDES permit, businesses must submit an EPA Notice of Intent (NOI) form, which may require a sampling of the data from the storm water run off located in and around their facility. A local EPA Division of Water Pollution Control evaluates this data and makes certain determinations.
The five major steps in developing a SWPPP Plan include:
- Planning and organization
- Source assessment
- BMP selection
- (SWPPP) Plan implementation
- (SWPPP) Plan evaluation