A large university in northeast Ohio is covered under a NPDES General Permit for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) (Permit No. OHQ000003) to discharge storm water under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).
The Ohio EPA (OEPA) Division of Water conducted an audit of the university’s small MS4 program and reported a major finding of non-compliance — the university had not developed and implemented a required SWPPP for vehicle maintenance facilities on several campuses.
The university contacted EQM for assistance in reaching compliance. Due to the potential severity of the non-compliance and possible associated penalties, EQM immediately elevated this project to a top priority of our Water Compliance team. A seasoned Senior Project Manager directed the project, so that the SWPPPs would exceed the university and OEPA’s expectations and would be finalized ahead of schedule.
EQM conducted thorough site inspections of the vehicle maintenance facilities at each campus in one day, and the three SWPPPs were prepared, including detailed AutoCAD drawings prior to the deadline established by the Corrective Action Plan.
The final SWPPPs were provided to OEPA, resulting in the university achieving compliance with all regulations and avoiding costly penalties. By acting swiftly and expertly, EQM ensured that the client was able to redress the non-compliance.
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