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Discharges from Quarries in the John Graves Scenic Riverway, Am I Regulated?

General Permit TXG500000 authorizing the discharges of process wastewater, mine dewatering, stormwater associated with industrial activity, construction stormwater, and certain non-stormwater discharges from quarries located greater than one mile from a water body that is within a water quality protection area in the John Graves Scenic Riverway.

Renewal of General Permit TXG500000

The new John Graves Scenic Riverway General Permit, TPDES Permit No TXG500000, was issued on April 7, 2014. All existing regulated entities will have 90 days to apply for coverage under the general permit; the deadline to apply is July 7, 2014. To continue your authorization under the renewed permit, you will need to submit; (by paper) an application package that includes:

  • Notice of Intent (NOI) that includes the authorization number being renewed
  • Updated Restoration Plan as described in Part IV of the general permit
  • Proof of Financial Assurance for Restoration as required in Part V of the general permit
  • Pollution Prevention Plan (P3) as described in Part VI of the general permit
  • Application Fee ($1,215.00) submitted to:

Financial Administrative Division, Revenue Section (MC-214)
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13088
Austin, Texas 78711-3088

or by ePay at: https://www3.tceq.texas.gov/epay/

    • If you are discharging to a Municipal Separate Storm sewer (MS4) you must submit a copy of the NOI and package to the operator of that system at the same time submittal is made to the TCEQ.

    General Permit TXG500000

    If you operate a quarry in the John Graves Scenic Riverway you may be regulated under 30 TAC Chapter 311, Subchapter HExit TCEQ. 30 TAC Chapter 311, Subchapter H establishes regulations for certain quarries located in a water quality protection area in the John Graves Scenic Riverway.
    If you operate a quarry that is located more than one mile from a water body within a water quality protection area in the John Graves Scenic Riverway, you may qualify for coverage under TPDES General Permit, TXG500000Adobe Acrobat PDF Document, which was issued on April 7, 2014. (Help with PDF)

    Before discharging from a quarry meeting these criteria, you must have authorization under TXG500000:

    To obtain authorization under TXG50000:
    1. Acquire and Read  general permit TXG500000Adobe Acrobat PDF Document to make sure it applies to your quarry.

    • If the general permit does not apply, you may need to obtain an individual permit.
    • If the general permit does apply, continue with Step 2.

    2. Review your facility's compliance history ranking (HTML):

    3. Submit an application package, which includes the following information:

    • Completed Notice of Intent (NOI) Adobe Acrobat PDF Document  as required in Part III Section A of general permit
    • Restoration Plan as described in Part IV of the general permit
    • Proof of Financial Assurance for Restoration as required in Part V of the general permit
    • Pollution Prevention Plan (P3) as described in Part VI of the general permit
    • Application Fee ($1,215.00) submitted to:

    Financial Administrative Division, Revenue Section (MC-214)
    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    P.O. Box 13088
    Austin, Texas 78711-3088

    or by ePay at: https://www3.tceq.texas.gov/epay/

    • If you are discharging to a Municipal Separate Storm sewer (MS4) you must submit a copy of the NOI and the notification package to the operator of that system at the same time submittal is made to the TCEQ.

    Following review of the NOI, Restoration Plan, financial assurance for restoration, and P3, the executive director may determine that:

      • the submission is complete and confirm coverage by providing a notification and an authorization number;
      • the NOI, Restoration Plan, financial assurance for restoration, and/or P3 are incomplete and send a notice of deficiency  requesting additional information  or coverage is denied.

    After obtaining authorization under this general permit you must:

    • Maintain a copy of General Permit TXG500000Adobe Acrobat PDF Document and adhere to the requirements of the permit.
    • Utilize and update as needed your  Pollution Prevention Plan (P3)
    • Provide monitoring results at the intervals specified in the permit on an approved DMR (EPA Form 3320-1) that is signed and certified as required by Part X.G. 10. Copies of the approved DMR (EPA Form 3320-1) can be requested by emailing the request to: dmr_rqst@tceq.texas.gov
    • Unless otherwise specified, the self-report form (EPA Form 3320-1) must be submitted on a monthly basis to the TCEQ as noted below

        Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
        Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Office
        2309 Gravel Dr.
        Fort Worth, Texas 76118-6951
           and
        Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
        Enforcement Division (MC-224)
        P.O. 13087
        Austin, Texas 78711-3087

      • Pay the annual water quality fee of $800.00 per year will accrue on September 1st of each year that the permit is active. The permit coverage continues to be active until a letter of termination is submitted and approval to terminate has been granted by TCEQ.

      Additional Information about TXG500000

      The following additional information is available:

      Authorization to Discharge

      For quarries located within one mile or greater than one mile of a water body within a water quality protection area in the John Graves Scenic Riverway that do not qualify for coverage under TXG500000, you may obtain authorization to discharge into or adjacent to water in the state by applying for an individual permit . Even if the general permit described above applies to your situation, you may request coverage under an individual permit.

      Contact us if you have questions.

      Archived 2008 TPDES General Permit TXG500000

      TPDES General Permit TXG500000Adobe Acrobat PDF Document This document provides the requirements from the expired 2008 TPDES TXG500000.
      2008 Executive Director's Response to Comments Adobe Acrobat PDF Document: This document provides the Executive Director's Response to Comments on the expired 2008 TPDES TXG500000.
      2008 Fact Sheet Adobe Acrobat PDF Document: This document provides additional guidance on the expired 2008 TPDES TXG500000.