This site-specific plan identifies any and all activities at a site which could cause water pollution and the detailed steps to be taken by the facility to prevent the discharge of pollution.
Why You Need a SWPPP
A SWPPP is necessary for any facility to obtain a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit. If the facility has pollutants that are discharged directly into a water source, they must get the permit.
The first step is to submit a Notice of Intent, which provides a description of the types of pollutants that will be discharged along with the names of the waters that will be impacted. After the notice has been submitted, they will need to provide a SWPPP.
What a SWPPP Does
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses the SWPPP to help preserve and improve the quality of water. The EPA regulates facilities that discharge small amounts of pollutants into the water. Many municipalities have limits for the volume of pollutants that may be discharged and prohibit certain pollutants.
The SWPPP is designed to show regulating agencies how the facility will prevent pollution of the water and what it will do if there is a release. Some municipalities may require other permits and plans in addition to an SWPPP.
What a SWPPP Includes
The SWPPP will include several basic features. First, it will include a description of the site. The site description will give the address and the name of the facility along with a description of what activities will be performed at the location. A site map is included with the location of all waters to receive discharge. The description will contain information to assist emergency teams in an emergency situation.
This plan will list the Pollution Prevention Team that helps to create and revise the SWPPP. They also ensure practices and procedures are being followed or corrective actions are taken as needed. The plan will identify any activities that could cause pollution into the water, such as where leaks or a spill could happen. For every area that generates a pollutant, a control measure must also be provided.
Since accidents happen even with precautions taken, the plan must also include a spill response plan or plans on how to clean up the pollution. In addition, it should include how the system will be inspected and monitored. The SWPPP will address training of employees and provide documentation that it has been taught.
An SWPPP must be reviewed on a regular basis and updated with any changes or new information. In general, the SWPPP is incorporated into standard operating procedures to protect production and the environment.
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