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Draft Massachusetts Small MS4 General Permit

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The 2014 Draft Massachusetts Small MS4 General Permit is currently available for public comment. The draft permit combines the two previously issued draft permits for Massachusetts: the 2010 draft North Coastal Watershed permit and the 2010 draft Interstate, Merrimack, and South Coastal Watersheds permit. The draft permit, appendices, and fact sheet are available below and the public comment period is from September 30, 2014 – December 29, 2014.

Public meeting and public hearing information:

Public Meetings:

The following meetings will be for informational purposes only and include a general overview of permit requirements. Please preregister for each info session you plan to attend (if required).

Northeastern Massachusetts

Date: Tuesday October 28, 2014
Time: 8:00am
Location: Haverhill/Northern Essex Community College campus Tech Center (100 Eliot Street): Conference Rooms 103A-B. Click here for directions Click icon for EPA disclaimer.
Preregistration: none required
Agenda

Southeastern/Cape Cod Massachusetts

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Central Massachusetts

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Western Massachusetts

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Metro Boston Massachusetts

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Public Hearing Information:

Date: November 19, 2014
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Leominster Public Library (Community Room), 30 West Street, Leominster, Massachusetts 01453. Click here for directions and parking: Leominster Library Information (PDF) (1 pg, 127 K).

An alternate date in case of cancelation due to inclement weather or other emergency is Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the same location and time. Cancellation notice will be posted on this website.

2014 Draft Permit Documents

2010 Census and Designated MS4s

The Bureau of the Census has recently released new 2010 urbanized area data. These data indicate new or expanded urbanized areas in some communities, which may result in the requirement for permit coverage (for operators located in previously unregulated communities) or the expansion of coverage (for operators in currently regulated communities). For more information on communities within Massachusetts that are automatically designated and may require permit coverage see: MA regulated communities.

Permit Process

Following the close of the comment period, EPA Region 1 will issue a final permit decision. In reaching a final decision on the draft permit, EPA Region 1 will respond to all significant comments and make the responses available to the public. The final permit and response to comments will be posted on this website. A notice of availability for the final permit will be published in the Federal Register.

The effective date of the final permit will be no sooner than the date the final permit is signed and made publicly available. To obtain coverage, Operators will be required to submit a new Notice of Intent (NOI). EPA anticipates that NOIs will be due ninety (90) days after the effective date of the final permit.

History

On May 1, 2003, EPA Region 1 issued its Final General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (2003 small MS4 permit) that covers "traditional" (i.e., cities and towns) and "non-traditional" (i.e., Federal and state agencies) MS4 Operators located in the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This permit expired on May 1, 2008 but remains in effect for authorized Operators until a new permit is issued.

During 2008 – 2010 EPA issued three separate draft Small MS4 General permits to replace the 2003 Small MS4 permit. One for eligible Operators located in the state of New Hampshire and two separate Massachusetts permits; one for Operators located in the North Coastal watershed and the other for those located in the Interstate, Merrimack and South Coastal watersheds.

The Notice of Availability of the draft General Permit for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) located in North Coastal Massachusetts was published in the Federal Register on February 4, 2010 (See 75 FR 5788). This draft permit covers the North Coastal region, including but not limited to the watersheds of the Charles River and Neponset River. EPA held a public hearing on March 18, 2010 and the public comment period ended March 31, 2010. Copies of the written comments are available.

The Notice of Availability of the draft General Permit for Discharges From Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems located in the Interstate, Merrimack and South Coastal watersheds in Massachusetts was published in the Federal Register on November 4, 2010 (See 75 FR 67960). EPA held a public hearing on March 9, 2011 and the public comment period for the draft permit ended March 11, 2011. A Federal Register Notice describing the public hearing and the extension of the public comment period was published in the Federal Register on February 15, 2011(See 76 FR 8734). A transcript (PDF) (58 pp, 142 K) of the hearing in addition to copies of the written comments are available.

Information on Previous Permits and Draft Permits

2003 Final General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Small MS4s

2010 Draft Massachusetts North Coastal Small MS4 General Permit

2010 Draft Massachusetts Interstate, Merrimack and South Coastal Small MS4 General Permit

Helpful Information and Links

EPA Contacts

Newton Tedder (tedder.newton@epa.gov), 617-918-1038
Glenda Velez (velez.glenda@epa.gov), 617-918-1677

State Contacts

MassDEP
Frederick Civian (Frederick.Civian@state.ma.us), 617-292-5821

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