According to The Advocate for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the recently reissued TPDES Construction General Permit – TXR150000 for stormwater discharges became effective March 5, 2013. All authorizations issued under the previous general permit expired whether or not a Notice of Termination was submitted.
Operators of large construction activities authorized under the expired permit have 90 days to submit a new Notice of Intent (NOI) and application fee to obtain coverage under the new permit. The deadline to renew permit coverage for sites that have not reached final stabilization is Monday, June 3, 2013.
Operators of both large and small construction activities must develop a new Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) to address any new permit requirements applicable to their sites.
Smaller construction activities are regulated under the CGP though a permit application and fee are not required.
Operators may obtain immediate coverage using the State of Texas Environmental Electronic Reporting System for submitting stormwater forms and payment. For information about creating and using a STEERS account, click here.
More information about the CGP is available here.