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Project Information

Project Information


Improving the Next-Generation EPA Multi-Sector General Permit for Industrial Stormwater Discharges


Project Scope:

Three permit programs under the Clean Water Act are used to regulate discharges of stormwater to receiving waters—one for municipalities, one for industrial facilities, and one for construction sites.  Of these, industrial stormwater is particularly challenging to control because of the wide range of industrial sectors that must be accounted for, each of which produces a unique suite of contaminants in stormwater.  The industrial stormwater permit program includes a small number of individual facility permits as well as general permits that are issued to groups of industries at the state and federal level.  The current Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for industrial stormwater covers over 4,000 facilities nationwide and is used as a framework for dozens of similar state programs. 
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is conducting a study that will provide input to the Environmental Protection Agency as it revises its Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for industrial stormwater. The National Academies' committee will: 
1.  Suggest improvements to the current MSGP benchmarking monitoring requirements.  Areas to examine could include:
• Monitoring by additional sectors not currently subject to benchmark monitoring; 
• Monitoring for additional industrial activity-related pollutants; 
• Adjusting the benchmark threshold levels; 
• Adjusting the frequency of benchmark monitoring; 
• Identifying those parameters that are the most important in indicating whether stormwater control measures are operating at the best-available-technology or best-conventional-technology (BAT/BCT) level of control; and
• New methodologies or technologies for industrial stormwater monitoring.
 
2.  Evaluate the feasibility of numeric retention standards (such as volumetric control standards for a percent storm size or standards based on percentage of imperviousness). 
• Are data and appropriate statistical methods available for establishing such standards as both technology-based and water quality-based numeric effluent limitations?  
• Could such retention standards provide an effective and scientifically defensible approach for establishing objective and transparent effluent limitations? 
• What are the merits and faults of retention versus discharge standards, including any risks of groundwater or surface water contamination from retained stormwater?
 
3.  Identify the highest priority industrial facilities/subsectors for consideration of additional discharge monitoring.  By “highest priority” EPA means those facilities/subsectors for which the development of numeric effluent limitations or reasonably standardized stormwater control measures would be most scientifically defensible (based upon sampling data quality, data gaps and the likelihood of filling them, and other data quantity/quality issues that may affect the calculation of numeric limitations).


Status: Current

PIN: DELS-WSTB-16-03

Project Duration (months): 21 month(s)

RSO: Johnson, Stephanie

Board(s)/Committee(s):

Water Science and Technology Board

Topic(s):

Environment and Environmental Studies


Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 10/16/2017



Dr. Allen P. Davis - (Chair) - (Chair)


Allen P. Davis, Chair, is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Charles A. Irish, Sr. Chair in Civil Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Davis' interests are in aquatic and interfacial environmental chemistry. For two decades, he has been investigating sources and treatment of pollutants in urban storm water runoff with a focus on nature-based practices, particularly bioretention. In 2010 he was awarded the A. James Clark School of Engineering Faculty Outstanding Research Award recognizing exceptionally influential research accomplishments related to urban storm water quality, its management, and the concept of Low Impact Development. He is author or co-author of over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and a text on Stormwater Management for Smart Growth. From 2001 to 2010, he was Director of the Maryland Water Resources Research Center. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the new ASCE Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Maryland, Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute, and a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer. Dr. Davis holds B.S., M.C.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Delaware.
Mr. Roger Bannerman


Roger Bannerman worked as an environmental specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for 41 years. For much of that time, he directed research projects investigating urban runoff. Topics addressed by his studies over the years include the quality of urban streams, identification of problem pollutants in stormwater, toxicity of stormwater pollutants, effectiveness of different stormwater control practices, sources of stormwater pollutants, selection of cost-effective control practices, and benefits of low-impact development. He has applied these results to management plans developed for most urban areas in Wisconsin. This includes the calibration of the urban runoff model called the Source Loading and Management Model. The results of his research projects have been used to develop Wisconsin’s administrative rules that regulate stormwater management. Mr. Bannerman received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Humboldt State College and an M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin in water chemistry.
Dr. Shirley E. Clark


Shirley E. Clark is a professor of environmental engineering at Penn State Harrisburg and chair of Penn State Harrisburg’s graduate programs in environmental and civil engineering. Dr. Clark’s research has primarily focused on improving the effectiveness of stormwater treatment systems. She has evaluated two manufactured treatment systems - inclined plate settlers and upflow filter systems – to document their performance for the US EPA ETV program. Her laboratory, in mesocosm studies, optimized bioretention media to treat stormwater runoff at Boeing’s Santa Susana facility, including determining media performance for removing pollutants such as dioxin and radionuclides. Her recent industrial stormwater research focused on determining the performance of various treatment systems (hydrodynamic separators, ponds, filters, and chemical treatment systems) in operation at multiple recycling facilities. The client concern was whether the treatment systems could meet permit requirements, primarily for the removal of sediment and heavy metals. Dr. Clark has published extensively on stormwater treatment and predicting the performance of treatment systems based on theoretical analysis of the systems. Dr. Clark holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Washington University, an M.S.C.E. degree in environmental engineering, and a Ph.D. degree in environmental health engineering, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. L. D. Duke


L. Donald Duke is a professor of environmental studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has worked in energy efficiency, water quality analyses, and stormwater management for private consulting firms and served for two years in the total maximum daily load unit of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board. Dr. Duke’s research interests are in water resources including water quality assessments of natural systems; watershed-scale and regional-scale planning and management strategies; and federal, state, and local policies and programs for flood control. He applies quantitative methods and engineering analyses to environmental data as a means to assess public policies with the intent to assess effectiveness of environmental policies and decision-making. Dr. Duke has worked with various federal, state, and local agencies on local and regional-scale management tools, including hazardous waste mitigation and stormwater compliance plans. Dr. Duke earned his B.S. degree in civil engineering and B.A. degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in civil and environmental engineering with a focus on resources planning.
Ms. Janet Kieler


Janet S. Kieler is the director of environmental programs for Denver International Airport. In this role, Ms. Kieler is responsible for directing environmental compliance and performance including environmental planning and analysis related to air quality, water quality, waste, wetlands, and endangered species. Previously, Ms. Kieler served for 11 years as the permits section manager for the Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment where she oversaw the issuance of state and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit actions, compliance monitoring through field inspection and review of self-reported data, data management, and business processes. Ms. Kieler also worked for Denver International Airport previously for 8 years, where she was responsible for industrial stormwater permit compliance, management of contracted operations to recycle captured aircraft deicing fluid, and planning and designing new infrastructure to support collection, storage, recycling, and disposal of spent aircraft deicing fluid. Ms. Kieler also worked 6 years in environmental consulting. Ms. Kieler earned her B.S. in environmental engineering from Northwestern University.


Dr. John D. Stark


John D. Stark is a professor of ecotoxicology at the Washington State University (WSU). Dr. Stark is also the director of the Washington Stormwater Center and a member of the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel. He also runs the WSU Salmon Toxicology Research Laboratory. Dr. Stark specializes in ecological risk assessment of threatened and endangered species with particular emphasis on salmon and their food, and has conducted research on the effects of polluted stormwater runoff on salmon and aquatic invertebrate health. He holds a B.S. degree in biology from Syracuse University, a B.S. degree in forest biology from S.U.N.Y. Environmental Science and Forestry School, an M.S. degree in entomology from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. degree in entomology and pesticide toxicology from the University of Hawaii.
Dr. Michael K. Stenstrom


Michael K. Stenstrom is Distinguished Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research and teaching are in the environmental engineering area with emphasis on biological treatment methods and applications of computing technologies to environmental engineering research. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Stenstrom has performed research to characterize stormwater and minimize its impacts on the environment. Dr. Stenstrom’s expertise is in process development for stormwater management and wastewater treatment systems, including mathematical modeling and optimization. He applies these mathematical techniques along with statistical methods to urban runoff and stormwater issues. Through his research, he has developed several models for estimating pollutant discharges in stormwater runoff. Dr. Stenstrom received his B.S. in electrical and computer engineering and his M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental systems engineering from Clemson University.
Dr. Xavier Swamikannu


Xavier Swamikannu is an assistant adjunct professor at the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He previously worked for more than 20 years at the California Water Quality Control Board in Los Angeles and served as its chief of stormwater programs, partnering with UCLA faculty to fund research and bring science into public decision-making. His research interests include the progress of regulatory policy for water quality protection, its implementation, and effectiveness in the United States and California. Areas of focus include the potential water quality impacts of hydraulic fracturing, eliminating barriers to the implementation of green infrastructure, better understanding of the effectiveness of stormwater control measures, and standardizing water quality modeling methods for use by local governments in surface water pollution control planning. Dr. Swamikannu was a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Reducing Stormwater Discharge Contributions to Water Pollution. He was also a U.S. Fulbright Senior Environmental Leadership Fellow at the Government of India’s Central Pollution Control Board. Dr. Swamikannu received his B.S degree in natural and chemical sciences from St. Joseph’s College in Bangalore, India, his M.S. degree in environmental sciences from Texas Christian University, and his doctorate degree (D.Env.) in environmental science and engineering from UCLA.

Events



Location:

J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center
314 Quissett Ave.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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NA

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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Event Type :  
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Registration for in Person Attendance :   
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

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Contact Phone:  2023342717

Agenda

Keck Center
500 Fifth St NW
Washington, DC
Rooms 209 and 210

April 26-27, 2018

***Open sessions will be accessible via web conference. Please register in advance of the web-conference at the following links***
Day 1: https://nasem.zoom.us/meeting/register/6f4d61c95a65d05834538d7d4481ef37
Day 2: https://nasem.zoom.us/meeting/register/a9c01284f1a0c93834538d7d4481ef37

Draft Agenda


Thursday, April 26 (Keck 209)

CLOSED SESSION (Committee and National Academies Staff Only)

8:30 a.m. Committee work session

2:45 p.m. Adjourn closed session


OPEN SESSION (Everyone welcome; web conference begins)

3:00 p.m. Welcome and introductions
Allen Davis, Chair

3:10 p.m. Industrial permit approaches and challenges to meet TMDLs in California
Matt Lentz, California Stormwater Quality Association

3:50 p.m. Industrial SW Retention: Issues and Opportunities
Eric Strecker, Geosyntec

4:30 p.m. Open discussion with EPA staff
Chris Kloss, EPA
Rachel Urban, EPA
Bryan Rittenhouse, EPA

5:00 p.m. Wrap up discussion

5:15 p.m. Public comment

5:30 p.m. Adjourn



Friday, April 27 (Keck 209)

OPEN SESSION (Everyone welcome; web conference begins)

8:30 a.m. Welcome and introductions
Allen Davis, Chair

8:35 a.m. WEF Stormwater Committee perspectives on MSGP monitoring and retention
Seth Brown, Water Environment Federation and
The National Municipal Stormwater Alliance

9:15 a.m. Adjourn open session


CLOSED SESSION (Committee and National Academies Staff Only)

9:25 a.m. Committee work session

3:30 p.m. Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Allen P. Davis
Roger T. Bannerman
Shirley E. Clark
L. Donald Duke
Janet S. Kieler
John D. Stark
Michael K. Stenstrom
Xavier Swamikannu

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Writing assignments and report draft

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
April 30, 2018


Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Dr.
Irvine, California
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Carly Brody
Contact Email:  cbrody@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  2023342717

Agenda


***Open sessions will be accessible via web conference. Please register in advance of the web-conference at the following link: https://nasem.zoom.us/meeting/register/7d820714623ee15534538d7d4481ef37

Draft Agenda

Thursday, February 8

CLOSED SESSION (Committee and National Academies Staff Only)

8:30 a.m. Committee work session

2:30 p.m. Adjourn closed session


OPEN SESSION (Everyone welcome; web conference begins)

3:30 p.m. Welcome and introductions
Allen Davis, Chair

3:35 p.m. California Perspectives and Experience with Industrial Stormwater Monitoring
Greg Gearheart, CA State Water Resources Control Board

4:15 p.m. Industrial Stormwater Monitoring and Management in a Watershed Context
Ken Schiff, Southern California Stormwater Monitoring Coalition

4:55 p.m. Discussion

5:15 p.m. Adjourn



Friday, February 9

CLOSED SESSION (Committee and National Academies Staff Only)

8:00 a.m. Committee work session

3:30 p.m. Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Allen P. Davis
Roger T. Bannerman
Shirley E. Clark
L. Donald Duke
Janet S. Kieler
John D. Stark
Michael K. Stenstrom
Xavier Swamikannu


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Writing assignments and report draft
Future data gathering needs

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 09, 2018


Location:

Web-Conference
https://nasem.zoom.us/meeting/register/cb61a956ee9965c6c5b9141539e44ee6
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Carly Brody
Contact Email:  cbrody@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  2023342717

Agenda

***Please register in advance of the web-conference at the following link: https://nasem.zoom.us/meeting/register/cb61a956ee9965c6c5b9141539e44ee6

2:00 p.m. Welcome and logistics of web conference
Stephanie Johnson, Study Director

Welcome and overview the agenda
Allen Davis, Chair


Background on Benchmark Monitoring for Industrial Stormwater

2:05 p.m. EPA overview of benchmark monitoring
Bryan Rittenhouse, EPA

2:20 p.m. Industry history on benchmark monitoring
Jeffrey Longsworth, Barnes & Thornburg
Fred Andes, Barnes & Thornburg

2:30 p.m. Q&A

2:40 p.m. Environmental perspectives on benchmarks and industrial stormwater monitoring
Richard Smith, Smith and Lowney
Ian Wren, San Francisco Baykeeper
David Flores, Center for Progressive Reform

3:10 p.m. Industry perspectives on benchmarks and industrial stormwater monitoring
Brandon Steets, Geosyntech
Eric Van Genderen, International Zinc Association
Tim Simpson, GSI Environmental
Jack Waggener, AECOM
Kevin Bromberg, Small Business Administration
David Wagger, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

4:10 p.m. Committee questions and discussion

4:30 p.m. Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

Web-Conference
https://nasem.zoom.us/meeting/register/638f44a80821c33acde7dc3c8da9331e
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Carly Brody
Contact Email:  cbrody@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  2023342717

Agenda

To join the call, please register in advance here: https://nasem.zoom.us/meeting/register/638f44a80821c33acde7dc3c8da9331e

11:00 a.m. Welcome and logistics of web conference
Stephanie Johnson, Study Director

Welcome and overview of the agenda
Allen Davis, Chair

11:05 a.m. State Reflections on Industrial Stormwater Monitoring

Each state will have up to 10 minutes to discuss the following questions:

• What do you see as the challenges of the industrial stormwater
monitoring process?
• How are your state regulations different from the MSGP and why?
• How useful is the industrial stormwater data you collect? What
changes are needed to make the data more useful to improve
industrial stormwater management?
• Have you encountered a continuous “do-loop" where facilities
exceed benchmarks repeatedly but they’ve taken all reasonable
steps to try to address the problem? How do you deal with it?
• What triggers a facility to get an individual permit?

Speakers:

• Melissa Wenzel and Brian Schweiss, Minnesota Pollution Control
Agency
• June Bergquist: Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
• Paul Hvlanka, Maryland Department of Environmental Protection
• Jim Bertolacini, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
• Travis Porter and James Marocelli, Washington Department of
Ecology
• Sebastian Donner and Patrick Burch, West Virginia Department of
Environmental Protection
• Others TBD

12:05 p.m. Questions for speakers from committee members

1:30 p.m. Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

Webconference
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

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Agenda

3:00 – 3:10 PM Welcome; logistics.


3:10 – 3:20 PM Clarifying statement of task #3

Chris Kloss, Branch Chief, Municipal Branch,
Water Permits Division, EPA’s Office of
Wastewater Management

3:20 – 4:00 PM Overview of The Effluent Guidelines
Development and Planning Process

Brian D’Amico, Branch Chief, EPA’s Office of
Science and Technology

Phillip Flanders, Ph.D., P.E., Environmental
Engineer, EPA’s Office of Science and
Technology

4:00 – 4:40 PM Q&A; discussion

4:40 PM Public comment (2-3 minutes per speaker);
please sign up in the chat box by 4:30.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Carly Brody
Contact Email:  cbrody@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  2023342717

Agenda

Monday, November 20

Location: Keck Center, Room 206

CLOSED SESSION (Committee and staff only)

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Committee work session

12:00 p.m. Lunch


OPEN SESSION (All welcome)

1:00 p.m. Welcome and Overview of Study
Allen Davis, Chair

1:10 p.m. Context for the Study
• What issues and concerns led to this study?
• How will the results of the study be used?
Christopher Kloss, EPA
Edan Rotenberg, Super Law Group
Jeffrey Longsworth or Fred Andes, Barnes & Thornburg

1:30 p.m. Overview of Industrial Stormwater Monitoring Requirements in MSGP
Christopher Kloss and others, EPA

2:20 p.m. Environmental NGO perspectives on industrial stormwater monitoring
Edan Rotenberg, Super Law Group

2:40 p.m. Industry perspectives on industrial stormwater monitoring
Fred Andes, Barnes & Thornburg
Jeffrey Longsworth, Barnes & Thornburg

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Use of stormwater retention standards in other sectors
Rachel Urban, EPA

3:45 p.m. Committee discussion with speakers: Statement of task, information gathering, etc.

4:30 p.m. Public comment
(Members of the public interested in addressing the committee for up to 3 minutes must sign up during the meeting by 3:45 p.m.)

5:00 p.m. Adjourn Open Session
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Allen Davis
Roger Bannerman
Shirley Clark
L. Donald Duke
Janet Kieler
John Stark
Michael Stenstrom
Xavier Swamikannu

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

conflict of interest and bias discussion
direction of the study
committee writing assignments

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 01, 2017

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