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National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Plan for Petroleum Bulk Stations & Terminals

Tim Laughlin, PE

As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating stormwater point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States. Since its introduction in 1972, the NPDES permit program has been responsible for significant improvements to our Nation's water quality.

The author has attempted to explain and suggest engineering recommendations for the regulated community of Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals (PBSTs) under US EPA’s Phase I NPDES stormwater regulations. The regulations typically apply to PBSTs with SIC 5171 or NAICS 422710 for permitting so that stormwater can be discharged from the facility.

The majority of states have the authority from the US EPA to administer and regulate stormwater discharges from PBSTs facilities.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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