The current Texas Stormwater Construction General Permit Number TXR150000 will expire on March 5, 2018. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) held a public hearing on the new version of the General Construction Permit on September 18, 2017, at the TCEQ Park 35 Austin Campus.
During the hearing, TCEQ discussed the new requirements being added to the General Construction Permit. Most changes are clarifications and updates to definitions in order to make the permit conditions more easily understood. The most substantial changes to the General Construction Permit requirements are summarized below:
- Paper submittals of Notices of Intent, Notices of Change, and Notices of Termination will no longer be accepted without a case-by-case waiver beginning August 31, 2018;
- The benchmark monitoring limit for total suspended solids has been reduced to be consistent with concrete batch plant requirements in the multi-sector general permit; and
- The renewed permit adds for:
- Inspection criteria at construction sites;
- "Unsatisfactory performers" are entitled to a hearing prior to denial or suspension of authorization;
- Limiting exposure of waste materials; and
- 24-hour reporting requirements and sufficiently sensitive test methods for sample analysis.
TCEQ anticipates that the renewed Construction General Permit will be adopted on February 7, 2018. The final draft of the permit as well as TCEQ's response to formal comments will be released two weeks prior to this date. Permittees with current Stormwater Construction General Permit authorizations will have a 90-day grace period to renew their authorizations starting on March 5, 2018.
A current draft of the revised Construction General Permit as well as the fact sheet summarizing all changes to the permit can be found here.
Please contact Elizabeth McGurk at (512) 349-5800 X-1005 if you have any questions.