Why do I need an Industrial Stormwater Permit?

Through the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) program, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has established requirements to control stormwater discharges that could harm the quality of waterways (flowing or dry) in the U.S. These regulations require many types of businesses to obtain permits to discharge stormwater and to prepare a written Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), in order to address the necessary management of stormwater run-off.

Stormwater means precipitation runoff, surface water runoff or surface water drainage.

The purpose of an Industrial Stormwater Permit is to ensure that industrial facilities properly monitor and control stormwater to minimize its impact upon the environment.

Facilities mean any operation that engage in activities that are directly related to manufacturing, processing, or raw materials storage at a commercial or industrial site.

Industrial facilities that do not monitor and control stormwater run-off may allow pollutants to be transported off site. These contaminants may ultimately flow into streams, rivers, washes and other water resources.

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1. How do I report a spill or discharge impacting a waterway?
2. To whom do I submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to discharge?
3. Where can I get a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)?
4. What is a Common Plan of Development?
5. Why is the control of construction site runoff necessary?
6. Why is the control of post-construction runoff necessary?
7. What types of BMPs can address the post construction runoff minimum measure?
8. Where can I find out more about Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA)?
9. Why do I need an Industrial Stormwater Permit?
10. How do I determine whether or not I need an Industrial Stormwater Permit?
11. How do I obtain an Industrial Stormwater Permit?
12. What are the consequences for failing to comply?
13. What is a Phase 2 Small MS4?
14. What are the Phase 2 Small MS4 program requirements?
15. What is the Hickory Creek Watershed Protection Plan (WPP)?
16. What are stormwater requirements for gas wells?