Industrial establishments in the State of New Jersey have many environmental regulations that must be followed to legally operate in the state. One regulation that is often overlooked is storm water management. Storm water management refers to the regulation of storm water from precipitation events until its eventual discharge into a river or stream. Industrial establishments which store equipment or products outside where it can potentially be exposed to the elements must take extra precautions by adopting a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SPPP). The SPPP must incorporate a method of safely storing the equipment to keep it protected from precipitation (i.e., a roof overhang) and other elements. The SPPP must have a detailed inventory of all chemicals stored on the property and their locations. A chain of command must also be established with pertinent contact information provided in the SPPP. Yearly inspections should be conducted at these facilities to ensure that the SPPP is up to date.
Some facilities which utilize water in their industrial operations may also have environmental permits which allow the effluent to discharge to surface water and/or groundwater. Before discharging effluent industrial wastewater into the environment, facilities must first apply for a New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) permit with the NJDEP and must renew every five years to stay in compliance. When discharging industrial storm water into the environment, the effluent must be sampled periodically to ensure it is not harmful to the environment. These data are also used in the permitting process and are made available on the NJDEP Data Miner website.
JMS regularly prepares SPPPs and assists clients throughout the NJPDES permit processes to keep New Jersey’s industrial establishments in compliance with the NJDEP.
A link to the NJPDES program website is provided below: