NPDES Permits in New England
Remediation General Permit (RGP)
The Notice of Availability of the Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Remediation Activity Discharges – the Remediation General Permit (RGP) in Massachusetts (MAG910000) and New Hampshire (NHG910000) was published in the Federal Register on August 18, 2016 (Draft 2016 RGP). Public comments will be accepted until September 19, 2016, as indicated in the Federal Register Notice.
Comments may be sent to:
EPA – Region 1
Office of Ecosystem Protection
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code OEP06-1
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Email: Shauna Little (firstname.lastname@example.org)
EPA is proposing to reissue the RGP for sites located in Massachusetts and New Hampshire which discharge as a result of remediation activities from eight general categories: 1) Petroleum-related site remediation; 2) Non-petroleum-related site remediation; 3) Contaminated/formerly contaminated site dewatering; 4) Pipeline and tank dewatering; 5) Aquifer pump testing; 6) Well development/rehabilitation; 7) Dewatering/remediation of collection structures; and 8) Dredge-related dewatering. The RGP has provided coverage for approximately 750 sites in Massachusetts and New Hampshire since 2005. Once final, the Draft 2016 RGP will replace the RGP that expired on September 9, 2015 and has been administratively continued.
The Draft 2016 RGP establishes Notice of Intent (NOI), Notice of Change (NOC), and Notice of Termination (NOT) requirements, effluent limitations and requirements, standard and special conditions and best management practice (BMP) requirements for sites that discharge 1.0 million gallons per day or less in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The Draft 2016 RGP includes effluent limitations and requirements based on technology-based considerations, best professional judgment (BPJ), and water quality considerations. The Draft 2016 RGP includes permit limitations for effluent flow, pH, temperature and 58 chemical parameters for discharges from sites based on the type of remediation activity and the receiving water of the discharge.
Once the Draft 2016 RGP is effective, operators seeking authorization to discharge must submit a complete and accurate NOI containing the information in Appendix IV – Part 1 to EPA and the appropriate State agency, when required. An operator will be authorized to discharge under the Final RGP upon receipt of written notice from EPA following EPA's web posting of the submitted NOI.
Copies of the 2016 Draft RGP permit, fact sheet and attachments are available through the links below.
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- Federal Register Notice
- Draft Remediation General Permit (PDF) (50 pp, 657 K)
- Appendix I: Endangered Species Act Guidance and Eligibility Criteria (PDF) (10 pp, 365 K)
- Appendix II: Summary of Endangered Species Act Listings and Essential Fish Habitat Designations (PDF) (6 pp, 268 K)
- Appendix III: National Historic Preservation Act Review and Requirements (PDF) (4 pp, 101 K)
- Appendix IV:
- Appendix V: Dilution Factor and Effluent Limitation Calculations for Massachusetts (PDF) (4 pp, 177 K)
- Appendix VI: Dilution Factor and Effluent Limitation Calculations for New Hampshire (PDF) (4 pp, 182 K)
- Appendix VII: Test Methods and Minimum Levels (PDF) (7 pp, 146 K)
- Appendix VIII: Discharge Monitoring Data Instructions and Suggested Formats (PDF) (3 pp, 119 K)
- Appendix IX: Standard Conditions and Definitions (PDF) (17 pp, 210 K)
- Attachment A: Whole Effluent Toxicity Test Procedure and Protocol for Freshwater (PDF) (2 pp, 55 K) and Marine (PDF) (2 pp, 55 K) Discharges
- Remediation General Permit Fact Sheet (PDF) (145 pp, 1.1 MB)
Helpful Information and Links
- Frequently Asked Questions on the 2016 Remediation General Permit (RGP) (PDF) (available soon)
- Additional Resources for Calculation of Dilution Factors and Effluent Limitations (PDF) (available soon)
- NetDMR in New England
- Endangered Species
- National Register of Historic Places
- EPA Region 1 Dewatering General Permit
- Do I need NPDES Permit Coverage for Discharges Related to my Construction Activity and Which General Permits are Available (Flow Chart)? (PDF) (2 pp, 55 K)
Technical Questions: Shauna Little (email@example.com); telephone: 617-918-1989; Mail Code: OEP06-1
NOI Processing: Shelley Puleo (firstname.lastname@example.org); telephone: 617-918-1545; Mail Code: OEP06-1
Cathy Vakalopoulos (Catherine.Vakalopoulos@state.ma.us); telephone: 617-348-4026
Jeff Andrews (Jeffrey.Andrews@des.nh.gov); telephone: 603-271-2984
Notices of Intent
Notices of Intent (NOI) will be posted on this page for a minimum of seven (7) days after EPA receives them. Please contact Shelly Puleo (email@example.com or 617-918-1545) if you have any questions regarding NOIs. See the table below for a chronological listing of NOIs. Older NOIs are listed in the Remediation General Permit (RGP) NOI archive.
|City/State (Receiving Water)||Site Name/Address||Permit Number||NOI Date||Authorization Date||NOC Date(s)||Termination Date|