Notice; request for public comment.
All ten of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Regions are proposing for public comment the 2020 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity, also referred to as the “2020 Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP)” or the “proposed permit.” The proposed permit, once finalized, will replace the EPA's existing MSGP that will expire on June 4, 2020. The EPA proposes to issue this permit for five (5) years, and to provide permit coverage to eligible operators in all areas of the country where the EPA is the NPDES permitting authority, including Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico, Indian country lands, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and most U.S. territories and protectorates. The EPA seeks comment on the proposed permit and on the accompanying fact sheet, which contains supporting documentation. This Federal Register document describes the proposed permit and includes specific topics on which the EPA is particularly seeking comment. Where the EPA proposes a new or modified provision, the Agency also solicits comment on alternatives to the proposal and/or not moving forward with the proposal in the final permit. The EPA encourages the public to read the fact sheet to better understand the proposed permit. The proposed permit and fact sheet can be found at https://www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater-discharges-industrial-activities.
Comments must be received on or before May 31, 2020. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, comments on the information collection provisions must be received by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on or before April 1, 2020.
You may send comments, identified by Docket ID No EPA-HQ-OW-2019-0372, by any of the following methods:
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov/ (our preferred method). Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
- Electronic versions of this proposed permit and fact sheet are available on the EPA's NPDES website at https://www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater-discharges-industrial-activities. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2019-0372 to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov/ . All submissions received must include the Docket ID No. for this proposed permit. Comments received may be posted without change to https://www.regulations.gov/, including any personal information provided. For detailed instructions on sending comments and additional information, see the “Public Participation” heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.