This program regulates stormwater discharges to surface and ground water by issuing NJPDES permits to industries involved in manufacturing, processing, or storage of raw materials at industrial facilities.
Individual permits are issued to facilities that cannot eliminate exposure of pollutants to stormwater. These facilities have to develop and implement Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans to gain drainage control, and to minimize contact between pollutants and stormwater. Other permit conditions may require monitoring stormwater discharges for pollutants. Effluent limitations may be imposed in some cases.
The BNPC has issued seven (7) industrial stormwater general permits. These statewide general permits provide permit coverage for a large number of industrial facilities that discharge stormwater to waters of the State. The majority of regulated facilities are authorized under the Basic Industrial Stormwater General Permit. This permit requires that facilities eliminate exposure of source materials to stormwater through the implementation of Best Management Practices. Five (5) of the general permits are “Industry Specific General Permits” that are available to groups of industries, specifically the concrete, scrap and auto recycling, asphalt, mining and quarrying, and certain livestock (CAFOs) industries. Industry specific general permits may include monitoring, benchmarks and/or effluent limitations. The BNPC also has a general permit for construction activities disturbing 1 or more acres issued through the Soil Conservation Districts.