NPDES Permits in New England
Noncontact Cooling Water General Permit (NCCWGP)
The Notice of Availability of the final NPDES Noncontact Cooling Water General Permit (NCWWGP )in Massachusetts (MAG250000) and New Hampshire (NHG250000) was published in the Federal Register (PDF) (1 pg, 63 K) on July 31, 2008.
This general permit replaces the noncontact cooling water general permit that was issued on April 25, 2000 and expired on April 25, 2005. The final general permit is for discharges of noncontact cooling water into waters of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and Indian Country lands in Massachusetts. The permit establishes permit eligibility conditions, notice of intent requirements, effluent limitations, standards, prohibitions, and best management practices for facilities discharging NCCW. The eligibility requirements for coverage under the general permits are discussed in detail under Part 3 of the general permits. The reader is strongly urged to go to that section to determine permit eligibility.
Owners and/or operators of facilities discharging NCCW, including those currently authorized to discharge under the expired general permits, are required to submit an NOI to be covered by one of the general permits to both EPA-New England and the appropriate state agency. EPA and the State will review the NOI and the facility will receive written notification from EPA stating whether permit coverage and authorization to discharge under one of the general permits is approved.
NOIs may be sent via USPS, email or fax to EPA at EPA-Region 1, Office of Ecosystem Protection (OEP06-3), 5 Post Office Square, Boston, Massachusetts, 02109-3912; email address NCCW.GeneralPermit@epa.gov; or fax number (617) 918-2188. Notification information shall be submitted to the appropriate State agency listed at Appendix 6 Agency Addresses (PDF) (3 pp, 183 K).
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- Noncontact Cooling Water General Permit (PDF) (43 pp, 241 K)
- Attachment A Example Engineering Calculations (PDF) (2 pp, 68 K)
- Attachment B Dilution Factor Calculations (PDF) (2 pp, 22 K)
- Attachment C Suggested BTA Components (PDF) (1 pg, 55 K)
- Appendix 1 Areas of Critical Concern in Massachusetts (PDF) (4 pp, 423 K)
- Appendix 2 Endangered Species list (PDF) (13 pp, 802 K)
- Appendix 3 National Historic Preservation Act Review (PDF) (4 pp, 28 K)
- Appendix 4 Notice of Intent Instructions (PDF) (7 pp, 81 K)
- Appendix 5 Notice of Intent (NOI) Form (PDF) (5 pp, 120 K)
- Appendix 6 Agency Addresses (PDF) (3 pp, 1 MB)
- Appendix 7 Notice of Termination Form (PDF) (1 pg, 14 K)
- Appendix 8 Minimum Levels and Test Methods for Groundwater Sources of Noncontact Cooling Water (PDF) (1 pg, 22KB)
Helpful Information and Links
- NCCWGP Fact Sheet (PDF) (33 pp, 214 K)
- Response to Comments Document (PDF) (29 pp, 180 K)
- NPDES NCCWGP Estimated 7Q10 for Certain Massachusetts Facilities (PDF) (4 pp, 57 K)
- DMR Form (PDF) (1 pg, 23 K)
- EPA's Enforcement and Compliance History On-line tracking system (ECHO)
- USFW Endangers Species web site
- National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places web site
Damien Houlihan (email@example.com), Engineer, 617-918-1586
John Nagle (firstname.lastname@example.org), Biologist, 617-918-1054
Austine Frawley (email@example.com), 617-918-1065
Jeff Andews (firstname.lastname@example.org), 603-271-2984
Amy Clark (email@example.com), 603-271-0671
Notices of Intent
Notices of Intent (NOI) will be posted on this page for a minimum of 30 days after EPA receives them. Please contact Austine Frawley if you have any questions regarding NOIs. See the table below for a chronological listing of NOIs. Older NOIs are listed in the NCCWGP NOI archive.
|State||Town/City||Name of Facility||Date Posted|
|MA||Boston||MBTA Everett Facility (PDF) (12 pp, 665 K)||03/18/2013|