Online Permitting System Aids Stormwater Compliance for Construction Sites
A new online system guides construction site operators through the Clean Water Act permit process required to protect streams, rivers, lakes and coasts from stormwater runoff from construction sites.
This free electronic stormwater application, also known as the Stormwater Notice of Intent or eNOI, was developed by EPA to meet the objectives of the President's eGov Initiative and the requirements of the Clean Water Act's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The eNOI system will save construction companies time and money with a simple, fast and accurate application process.
Construction companies of all sizes will benefit from using the new eNOI system, which can be accessed online at: http://www.epa.gov/npdes/enoi . Currently, eNOI is available to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Idaho, Alaska, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, many of the territories, Indian country and other areas where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority.
Over the coming months, EPA plans to add additional features to the eNOI system and make it available to the states that operate the NPDES stormwater permitting program under delegated authority. In July 2003, the second phase of EPA's stormwater rules came into effect. The rules require smaller construction sites disturbing between one and five acres to implement stormwater management controls and to obtain permit coverage. Sites disturbing five or more acres are regulated under a previous phase of the stormwater program. The public can view the eNOIs at: http://www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/noisearch.