NPDES Industrial Storm Water General Permits

GEOS Submittal Guidance for Industrial Stormwater General Permit

Georgia EPD reissued the Industrial Stormwater General Permit (GAR050000) on May 20, 2022 and became effective June 1, 2022.  The permit contains a renewal submission deadline of 30 days after the effective date of the permit.  It has come to our attention that facilities are experiencing difficulties successfully submitting their renewals in GEOS.  We are actively working with our contractors to resolve the issues.  If you have attempted a timely submittal but are unable to renew by the permit specified date, please do the following:

•            Document and retain your submittal attempts using screen shots of error messages, etc. to show substantial compliance with the permit requirement

•            Once the NOI/NEE form is available to you, please enter the date of your first attempted submittal under Part E. Certification

EPD will ensure that the effective date of permit coverage aligns with the date provided on the NOI/NEE form.

Industrial General Permit

The 2022 Industrial Stormwater General Permit forms (Notice of Intent and No Exposure Exclusion) are now available in GEOS.

The 2022 Industrial General Permit (IGP) is the State's general NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Permit regulating stormwater runoff from industrial sites. The creation of this Permit allowed many industries to be uniformly covered, with specific requirements varying by industrial sector. Implementing preventative measures on site rather than trying to mitigate the pollutants once in the environment is the most effective and economic way to protect water quality. 

EPD offers two types of coverage under the Permit. 

Permit Type Description
Notice of Intent (NOI) Facilities conducting industrial activities with the potential to come in contact with stormwater.  
No Exposure Exclusion (NEE) Facilities certify that no industrial activities are exposed to stormwater. 

Download this pdf file.  Does Your Industrial Site Need a Permit?

  • Applying for Coverage Under the 2022 IGP

    Apply for coverage under the 2022 Industrial General Permit. Georgia EPD will begin accepting Notices of Intent and No Exposure Exclusion forms with permit reissuance on June 1, 2022.

    Georgia EPD is moving to online form submittal. Please register for the Georgia EPD Online System (GEOS; http://epd.georgia.gov/geos/) for renewal of coverage or to apply for coverage. Please visit the GEOS Training and Technical Assistance page for more information.  You may also consult the Industrial Stormwater GEOS Guide.

    New Facilities

    For new facilities or facilities that have not applied for coverage under the Industrial General Permit, please complete the Download this doc file. Facility Information Form  and email the completed form to the Industrial Stormwater Team ([email protected]). 

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  • Renewing Coverage Under the 2022 IGP

    The 2022 NPDES General Permit No. GAR050000 for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity (2022 IGP) will be effective June 1, 2022. This is the replacement permit for the 2017 IGP (GAR050000) which expires on May 31, 2022. The new general permit expires on May 31, 2027.

    The 2022 forms (Notice of Intent, No Exposure Exclusion, Notice of Termination and Annual Report Forms) will available through the Georgia EPD Online System (GEOS; http://epd.georgia.gov/geos/). Older versions of these forms will not be accepted. If you have questions regarding GEOS, please review this help document:   Industrial Stormwater GEOS Guide.

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  • Submitting Annual Reports

    Permittees who are covered under the Industrial General Permit (IGP) must submit an Annual Report (AR) for their facility for each calendar year by January 31st of the following year. All submittals must be made through the Georgia EPD Online System (GEOS; http://epd.georgia.gov/geos/). Only Responsible Officials (ROs) and the Preparers they assign can complete the AR.

    Please use the  Sampling Results Form to add additional sampling results to the Annual Report. The form can be attached to the Annual Report on GEOS. Include in the comment section of the AR, that the form was attached.

    REMINDER: 2021 Annual Report Reminder

    This is a reminder that Annual Reports (AR) for the period covering January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021 are due by January 31, 2022 for those facilities that filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) under the 2017 Industrial General Permit (IGP). The AR form must be submitted electronically through the Georgia EPD Online System (GEOS). Please refer to the Download this pdf file. Annual Report Submittal Guide for directions. 

    Download this pdf file. Annual Report Submittal Tips [2021]  

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  • Tools to Determine Impaired Waters from Current 305(b)/303(d) List

    The IGP requires permitted facilities to determine if they discharge into, or within one linear mile, upstream of, and in the same watershed as, any portion of an impaired water. Impaired Waters are those waterbodies where the EVALUATION is listed as NOT SUPPORTING on Georgia’s 305(b)/303(d) List of Waters. This information is autopopulated on the NOI/NEE form on GEOS, but permittee should check using the tools below.

    Lists

    Full lists of all impaired waterbodies, as well as listing methodology and key abbreviations, are available at http://epd.georgia.gov/georgia-305b303d-list-documents. Please use the 2022 List Documents and Integrated Report, since these are the most recent approved lists.

    Maps

    The GIS datasets are available at: http://epd.georgia.gov/geographic-information-systems-gis-databases-and-documentation.

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  • Guidance Materials
    EPD's Industrial Facility Inspection Form

    EPD conducts between 100 to 125 inspections per year of facilities either permitted under the IGP through submission of a Notice of Intent or excluded from coverage through submittal of a No Exposure Exclusion.  Below is the form we use to inspect.  Please note that it generally follows the order of the permit and that permit citations are given for most items.

    MS4 Contact List

    Facilities covered under the IGP that discharge to a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) are required to send a copy of their Notice of Intent (NOI) to the MS4.  Please refer to the MS4 Stormwater Contact List below to determine the county where your facility is located.

    Permittee Lists for NPDES Industrial Stormwater 2017 IGP

    This is a list of the facilities that either have coverage under 2017 IGP Notice of Intent (NOI) or exemption from No Exposure Exclusion (NEE). Whether they have an NOI or NEE is indicated in the column entitled “Submittal Type.”

    SIC Code Reference Materials

    If your facility has a primary Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code listed in Appendix D of the IGP and discharges stormwater associated with industrial activity, then the facility must file a Notice of Intent (NOI) for coverage under the IGP or a No Exposure Exclusion (NEE) for exemption from it. For more information about SIC codes please refer to www.osha.gov.

    NPDES Regulatory Status for Mines

    Download this pdf file. Determination of NPDES Regulatory Status of Various Discharges on a Mine Site [2017]

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Contacts 

Industrial Storm Water Unit
[email protected]