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Baltimore City NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit (Draft)

 Tentative Determination to Issue Stormwater Permit for Baltimore City

MDE has reached a tentative determination to issue an NPDES permit to Baltimore City to control storm drain system pollutant discharges. MDE has drafted a permit designed to comply with the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations and to control stormwater pollutant discharges from the City’s storm drain system. The permit is issued for five years.

Under the conditions of the permit, Baltimore City is required to possess the legal authority to control storm drain system pollutants, continue mapping its storm sewer system, monitor stormwater discharges, and develop and implement comprehensive management programs. The permit also increases impervious area treatment goals, requires the implementation of trash reduction strategies and environmental site design for new and redevelopment projects to the maximum extent practicable. The City is also required to develop and implement plans to address waste load allocations established under EPA approved total maximum daily loads. Penalties for failure to comply with the terms of the permit are provided.

This permit and a fact sheet may be viewed here:

 
 
Public Hearing on the Tentative Determination to Issue Stormwater Permit for Baltimore City

MDE held a Public Hearing on the tentative determination to issue a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit to Baltimore City to control storm drain system pollutant discharges on August 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21230.  Public Comments and transcripts of testimony presented at the public hearing may be found on MDE's webpage here:

 

Written Comments:

 

The deadline for public comments on the Tentative Determination to Issue the Stormwater Permit for Baltimore City was September 21, 2012.

 
Contact Info:

Questions about NPDES municipal permits may be directed the Sediment, Stormwater, and Dam Safety Program at 410-537-3543 or emailed to Mr Raymond Bahr at Raymond.Bahr@maryland.gov.