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The Kentucky KYR00 general permit for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity expires at midnight on May 31, 2018. According to the Division of Water, the plan is to public notice the KYR00 draft permit sometime in March 2018 with the goal to not have a lapse in coverage. The public notice period is 30 days. With such a short time between the end of the public notice period and an anticipated issuance date prior to May 31, 2018, it would appear that no major changes are coming. Upon reissuance of the KYR00 permit, all current permitted facilities will be sent notification to reapply. In order to continue coverage under the new general permit, a renewal application must be submitted. The Division of Water will terminate any permit for which a renewal application is not received.

If the permit were to expire prior to re-issuance, facilities with a current KYR00 permit will have continued coverage until the reissuance is available. As a point of reference, the previous KYR00 permit expired on September 30, 2007, while the current permit did not become effective until June 1, 2013. Any facilities seeking new coverage for stormwater discharges during the interim period would be required to obtain an individual KPDES permit. Therefore, if a KYR00 permit is needed for your facility, you may want to consider applying well before the expiration date to stay under a general permit.

We will update this blog with any new information once it is available. William Shane is an Environmental Engineer at Smith Management Group. William can be reached at williams@smithmanage.com.


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FEATURED PROJECT

Environmental Management & Engineering

New Facility Permitting


PROBLEM

A large alcoholic beverage company was planning to construct a distillery along a lake in Kentucky and use the fresh limestone water for bourbon production. The proposed site was a former farm with historic activities dating back to the 1880s. A water intake structure was required in the lake and along the adjacent shoreline which was owned by others. Several ephemeral and intermittent streams would be impacted by the construction. The client needed a US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 Permit, a Kentucky Division of Water 401 Water Quality Certification, a water withdrawal permit, a permit for construction in and along a stream, and a construction stormwater permit. Additionally, an air permit was required prior to construction for the aging warehouses, distillery equipment, and other emission units. Evaluation for cultural and historic resources and endangered species evaluations were required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA).
As the construction proceeded and operations began, a number of operating permits and environmental and hazardous materials compliance plans were required. The project required coordination with the nearby city for drinking water use and industrial wastewater pretreatment and discharge. Recordkeeping and reporting were needed prior to facility personnel being mobilized to the site. Set up and management of environmental systems during the transition to full operations was needed.


SMG'S APPROACH

During the planning and initial construction phases, SMG managed the environmental permitting and environmental compliance for the site. The process involved application preparation and coordination with multiple regulatory agencies including the USACE, Kentucky Division of Water, Kentucky Division of Air Quality, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky Heritage Council, and local agencies. Permits included stream mitigation, cultural and historic resources investigation, coordination with state and federal Fish and Wildlife agencies, and State 401 water quality certification, and the Section 404 permit, which required wetland and stream delineation. SMG coordinated with the client’s project team to minimize stream impacts and to adhere to the schedule by expediting the permit processing. State stream construction, water withdrawal, and air permits were also obtained. SMG provided onsite observation to assess contractor compliance with the stormwater permit and managed environmental permit reporting.
During the later construction phase, SMG managed the environmental permitting and compliance for the new distillery. The initial environmental and hazardous material compliance plans (GPP, HMPC, and SWPPP) were prepared and applications for operating permits, such as industrial wastewater pretreatment and discharge and industrial stormwater discharge, were readied and submitted. SMG provided training to the initial employees regarding hazardous material management and groundwater/stormwater protection. SMG worked with the new Risk Manager for the site to transition responsibility for environmental and hazardous material compliance.


RESULTS

SMG’s management of the environmental planning and permitting for the facility, successfully supported the construction schedule and managed environmental compliance for the initial site operations. SMG continued to work with the owner to obtain remaining operational permits and to transition environmental compliance responsibilities to the new facility staff to support startup and initial operations. The facility was completed on schedule and provides a significant economic benefit to the surrounding community.