Water Quality Permit Program
NPDES Stormwater Discharge Permits - Industrial Activities
As part of its efforts to protect and improve Oregon's water quality, DEQ issues stormwater discharge permits to industries that discharge stormwater into streams, rivers, lakes and streams from pipes, outfalls or other point sources at a site. Based on federal regulations, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage is required for industrial facilities that discharge stormwater from their industrial areas to surface waters of the state, or to storm drains that discharge to surface waters.
Examples of industrial activities that require a permit include manufacturing, transportation, mining, and steam electric power industries, as well as scrap yards, landfills, certain sewage treatment plants, and hazardous waste management facilities. See 40 CFR 122.26(b)(14) and (15) and permits below for list of industrial facilities that are required to obtain a permit.
Renewal of Industrial Stormwater Permits (1200-COLS and 1200-Z)
DEQ has begun the process to renew and reissue the NPDES 1200-COLS and NPDES 1200-Z industrial stormwater general permits.
The NPDES 1200-COLS permit expires Sept. 30, 2016; the NPDES 1200-Z expires June 30, 2017. DEQ intends to combine the 1200-COLS and 1200-Z permits into a single industrial stormwater permit. This action will reduce the number of general permits requiring renewal, improve DEQ’s efficiency in issuing permits, and improve consistency for permit registrants. DEQ intends to reissue the 1200-Z (with basin-specific conditions for the 1200–COLS) on or before June 1, 2017, with an effective date of July 1, 2017.
For existing registrants that submit a renewal form, coverage under the 1200-COLS will be administratively extended until they receive coverage under the new permit.
Because the 1200-COLS expires before the combined permit will be available, DEQ proposes to issue the 1200-COLSB “bridge permit” for the period between when the 1200-COLS expires and a new combined permit is issued. The 1200-COLSB will be identical to the current 1200-COLS, and be available to new applicants during that period. DEQ plans to issue the 1200-COLSB Sept. 1, 2016 with an effective date of Oct. 1, 2016.
Issuing the 1200-COLSB
The public comment period for the 1200-COLSB permit begins July 18, 2016 and ends Aug. 23, 2016. Comments may be submitted by mail, fax or email email@example.com. Written and oral comments may be submitted during a public hearing on Aug 16, 2016 (details below). Comments are due to DEQ by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.
1200-COLSB Permit Documents
Issuing the 1200-Z
DEQ will hold two stakeholder meetings to get public input during the permit development process. DEQ will present proposed changes to the permits and engage in dialogue with interested parties. The meetings will be an opportunity to provide and discuss your input and perspectives. Prior to the meetings, DEQ welcomes written input about the current permits and program and suggestions for the renewals (including things that are going well and you would like to see continue). The input will be used to help prepare for and design the meetings. Please send your input to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, there will be a formal public comment period and public hearing for the 1200-Z permit. The 1200-Z meetings will also be available via webinar and teleconference. Webinar and teleconference information will be posted here when it is available.
Industrial Stormwater Permit Renewal Schedule
All meetings are open to the public. DEQ publishes meeting notices on the state event calendar. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ, Portland, at 503-229-5696 or call toll-free in Oregon at 1-800-452-4011, ext. 5696; fax to 503-229-6762; or email email@example.com. Hearing impaired persons may call 711.
If you have questions or comments regarding the renewal, please contact DEQ at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information will be posted at this location as it becomes available.
You can sign up to be notified of information and updates on the NPDES industrial stormwater general permit renewals at the links below. Information relevant to both the 1200-COLS and 1200-Z will be sent to all the Regional Newsletter addresses. Information specific to the 1200-COLS may be sent only to the Northwest Region Newsletter.
If you have multiple sites, you may want to sign up for more than one region's newsletter. The newsletters include updates and information about the current 1200Z permit and are often region specific.
On Dec. 4, 2012, DEQ reissued Oregon’s general 1200-A permit for the discharge of stormwater from facilities with primary Standard Industrial Classification code 14, mining and quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels, including fixed and mobile asphalt and concrete batch plant operations. Effective Jan. 14, 2016, DEQ re-issued the 1200-A with modifications to make Tier II requirements and deadlines consistent with those in the 1200-Z and 1200-COLS permits. The modification description provides details of the changes.
Permit and supporting documents
1200-A Industrial Stormwater General Permit
Expired 1200-A permits
The previous permit requirements remain in effect for existing facilities operating under these permits. There will be a transition period for meeting the new requirements. Current requirements will become effective when facilities receive written notification that DEQ has renewed their coverage under the current permit.
DEQ reissued Oregon's general 1200-COLS and 1200-Z permits for the discharge of stormwater from industrial facilities permits on Oct. 1, 2011. Industrial facilities that discharge stormwater from a point source to surface waters or to conveyance systems that discharge to surface waters and conduct industrial activities identified in Table 1 of 1200-Z Permits and Tables 1 and 2 of 1200-COLS Permit need to apply for coverage for one of the following permits:
After issuing the permits, DEQ discovered that corrections due to errors and clarifications of certain permit requirements were necessary. DEQ modified and re-signed the permits on Mar. 28, 2012.
Supporting documents for the modified permits
Expired 1200 COLS, 1200-Z and 1200-ZN Permits
For industrial activities throughout the state. Effective July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2012
The previous permit requirements remain in effect for existing
facilities operating under these permits. There will be a transition
period for meeting the new requirements. Current requirements will
become effective when facilities receive written notification that
DEQ has renewed their coverage under the current permit. This permit
is not open to new applicants; it was for new applicants that
received permit coverage during the interim period between Oct. 1,
2011 and June 30, 2012
The public is able to review and comment on permit applications that are currently available.
For stormwater-related questions, contact the appropriate DEQ regional office.