Permitting

STORMWATER PERMITTING

General industry, based on SIC code, is required to obtain coverage under a general NPDES permit for industrial stormwater discharges. RMA has guided hundreds of clients through the industrial stormwater permitting process from completion of the Notice of Intent to preparation of a site-specific Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).

SWPPPs are required to address all potential sources of stormwater contaminants with Best Management Practices. Quarterly inspections, at a minimum, are required (Alabama requires twice weekly inspections). Visual observations of stormwater samples are required and laboratory analysis is required in a variety of different situations. Some facilities qualify for a No Exposure Exemption and have much fewer requirements.

RMA also provides sampling and monitoring services.

AIR PERMITTING

RMA provides permitting assistance to our clients under federal, state, and local air construction and operating permit programs. Our approach to air permitting is to ensure full compliance with regulations while utilizing the appropriate level of permitting standards under major source, synthetic minor source and true minor source permitting requirements. When possible, major source permitting requirements are avoided, through Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) or nonattainment area New Source Review. When avoidance is not an option, our team of experts has the experience necessary to respond to the challenges associated with major source permitting requirements, including performing control technology evaluations (Best Available Control Technology and Lowest Achievable Emission Rate) and ambient air impact analyses (NAAQS, PSD Increment, state Toxic Air Pollutant demonstrations). Many facilities are unaware that their small size or their air pollution control devices do not relieve them of air permitting obligations. RMA has guided many clients, including major sources, synthetic minor sources and true minor sources, through the maze of air regulations and permitting requirements.

WASTEWATER PERMITTING

Industrial and commercial businesses and government agencies discharging wastewater from an industrial process (e.g., non-domestic wastewater containing pollutants or chemicals used in various business processes or activities other than janitorial) must meet local, state and/or federal discharge requirements. Depending on the effluent discharged and the jurisdiction, requirements vary considerably. Facilities that discharge to publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) are required to submit Pre-treatment System permit applications. Facilities that discharge directly to surface waters are required to submit permit applications under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). NPDES discharges can be permitted with an individual permit or covered under a general permit.

RMA can prepare the appropriate wastewater permit application for the client.