Georgia Water Quality Control Act (Georgia)

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Place Georgia


   
Applies to States or Provinces Georgia
Name Georgia Water Quality Control Act (Georgia)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations, Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province



























Program Administrator Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Primary Website http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/Default.asp
Applicable Jurisdiction Statewide


Last Review 2014-09-15


Information Source http://greenlaw.org/LegalTools/CleanWaterAct

http://www.getthedirtout.org/pdf/3c_NPDES%20permit_basicReq.pdf


Summary

The Georgia Water Quality Control Act (WQCA) is a set of environmental regulations and permitting requirements that comply with the federal Clean Water Act. The Georgia Water Quality Control Act is enforced by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). Under the WQCA any person, corporation, or activity that may result in the discharging of any pollutant from a point source into United States water must obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit from the EPD, also known as a General Permit. If the EPD finds a violation of the WQCA a fine of up to $32,500 per day may be enforced. In addition the EPD may also: require immediate actions to correct the violation(s), order facility operators to cease operations until the problems are fully addressed, revoke the discharger's permit and refuse to renew a permit. Each pollutant discharged at one site constitutes a single violation.

A permit is required whenever there are construction activities that disturb a land area of one acre or greater, or tracts of less than one acre that are part of a larger overall development with a combined disturbance of one acre or greater. The applicant must submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to discharge to the EPD and Local Issuing Authority (LIA) 15 days prior to commencement of construction activities. The applicant must also submit an Erosion, Sedimentation and Pollution Control Plan (ESPCP or the Plan) which outlines Best Management Practices (BMP) and sampling locations prior to commencement of construction activities. The permittee will pay $8- per disturbed acre, half to the EPD and half to LIA. All permittees must provide monthly, by the 15th of the month, discharge monitoring reports on their (DMRs) to the EPD.



Policy Contact

Contact Name Linda MacGregor
Department Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Division Environmental Protection Division
Address 4220 International Parkway Suite 101, Atlanta, GA, 30354



Phone 404-675-6232

Fax 404-675-6247


Contact Name Jane Hendricks
Department Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Division Environmental Protection Division
Address 4220 International Parkway Suite 101, Atlanta, GA, 30354



Phone 404-362-2680

Fax 404-362-2691


     

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Georgia Code 12-5-20
Date Effective 2003-11-25



Authority 2: Environmental Rule 391-3-6
Date Effective 2003-11-25


















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