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