Mining, Extraction & Paving Material Preparation Permits
Stormwater Program Coordinator:
Mining permits for stormwater are required when mining or extraction activities such as oil wells and gravel pits. Oil and gas extraction facilities are exempt unless they have a stormwater discharge resulting in or contacting a reportable quantity spill of oil or hazardous substance (reportable under 40 CFR 110, 117, and 302) or violates a water quality standard.
There is no fee to obtain storm water discharge permits.
The permit issued for mining or extraction activities is a "general" permit. A general permit is written to address mining and extraction activities.
To apply for the permit, an NOI (Notice of Intent) must be submitted to the department. This information must be submitted to the department at least 7-days prior to the start of any mining or extraction activities. Oil and Gas extraction facilities must submit an NOI within 15 days of becoming aware of a stormwater discharge that resulted in a release of a reportable quanity spill or violation of a water quality standard.
The permit can only be terminated when no stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity remain at the covered facility, or discharges are from inactive coal mining operations no longer meeting the definition of a reclamation area. A permit can be terminated for an oil and gas facility when a reportable quantity release has been remediated and a satisfactory stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) has been implemented for one year.
Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs) must be completed and submitted through the Department's Electronic Reporting Information System (ERIS). Visit the ERIS website to sign up for electronic reporting.
Last Updated: 08/23/2017