Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) finally reissued the general permits for the discharge of storm water associated with construction activity that expired on July 31, 2013. The new permits for stand alone construction sites (GAR 100001), infrastructure construction sites (GAR 100002) and common development construction sites (GAR100003) became effective on September 24, 3013, and will expire on July 31, 2018. Any activities that disturb one acre or more that are not authorized under either a general or an individual permit are potentially subject to stop work orders, fines and/or criminal penalties. 

To take advantage of a general permit, owners or operators of projects that begin construction activities after the effective date of the new permits must submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) at least 14 days prior to beginning work. Existing construction projects that were authorized under a prior general permit must submit a NOI for permit reissuance within 90 days of the effective date (December 24, 2013) to continue authorization. The new permits and the Notice of Intent (NOI) – Version 2013 form can be obtained at www.gaepd.org/npdes

Before filing a NOI for permit reissuance, owners or operators of ongoing projects should check the current list of Georgia “Impaired Stream Segments” which are updated periodically; a change in the requirements for Impaired Stream Segments may require a revision to the Erosion, Sedimentation and Pollution Control Plan that accompanies the NOI.