Your Best Defense is a Good Offense: Industrial BMP Assessment Starts Now
The CA industrial general permit (IGP) is wreaking havoc throughout the state, but not only because of the new benchmarks or tiered violations. The IGP calls for a more extensive SWPPP and best management practice (BMP) implementation. The IGP also requires all industrial operations to enroll in the online SMARTS database. This means all documented correspondences (e.g. NOIs, SWPPPs, violations, samples results, and annual reports) with the Water Board are available to the public at the ease of just a few clicks. SMARTS enables the Water Board to govern more efficiently and effectively, but it also arms third party NGOs with a bounty of resources. The IGP required minimum BMPs may hold off violations from the State regulators, but may not resolve discrepancies between the IGP and Clean Water Act. The latter aimed to eliminate the discharge of pollutants into navigable waters by 1985. Do you know where your site stands? Several BMP case studies will be discussed ranging from an entirely exposed scrap metal yard with minimal BMPs to a fully enclosed transfer station with an advanced storm water treatment system. These studies will shed light on conducting BMP assessment and how to be prepared for potential violations, or worse, lawsuits. BMP assessment includes monitoring critiques, sampling techniques, and BMP maintenance. The audience will have an opportunity for interactive dialogue on these key storm water issues for industrial sites. This presentation will provide examples of how to incorporate BMP implementation and assessment into sampling and monitoring without drastically increasing costs.
Cynthia Liles began working in the environmental field five years ago in conjunction with her academic coursework. Her experience includes watershed restoration, project management, community education, data collection and analysis, legislature review, and waste-to-energy and renewable energy technologies. For Clements Environmental, Ms. Liles specializes in waste reduction and recycling programs and plans, storm water management practices, and conversation technologies (CTs). Ms. Liles has consulted for over two dozen industrial waste management sites for the new California Industrial General Permit. She completes site evaluations and the appropriate storm water plans, which include BMP recommendation, implementation, and assessment.