Discharges from Quarries in the John Graves Scenic Riverway, Am I Regulated?
Renewal of General Permit TXG500000
The TCEQ is proposing to renew and amend TPDES General Permit TXG500000, which authorizes the discharge 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. The draft permit is available for review and comment. The fact sheet contains additional information about the draft permit. The public notice contains information on how to submit comments on the draft permit. The comment period ends on Dec. 16, 2013.
Current General Permit TXG500000
If you operate a quarry in the John Graves Scenic Riverway you may be regulated under 30 TAC Chapter 311, Subchapter H. 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, TXG500000. (Help with PDF)
Before discharging from a quarry in the John Graves Scenic Riverway, you must:
1. Read the general permit TXG500000 to make sure it applies to your discharge.
- 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):
- If your facility has a ranking of “high”, “satisfactory”, or “inadequate information”, continue to Step 3.
- If the compliance history ranking is “unsatisfactory”, then your facility is not eligible for coverage under a general permit. You must apply for an individual permit instead.
3.If you wish to apply for coverage under this general permit, submit a notification package, which includes:
- Notice of Intent (NOI)
- A Restoration Plan as described in Part III of the general permit TXG500000
- Proof of financial assurance for restoration as required in Part IV of the general permit
- A Pollution Prevention Plan (P3) as described in Part V 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 paid online by ePay
4. If you are discharging to a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), you must submit a copy of the NOI 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 sending you an acknowledgment certificate which has your authorization number;
- the NOI, Restoration Plan, financial assurance for restoration, or P3 are incomplete and send you a letter requesting the needed information; or
- you must obtain an individual permit to discharge and send you a denial letter.
After obtaining coverage under this general permit you should:
- Maintain a copy of General Permit TXG500000 and adhere to the requirements of the permit.
- Complete and submit the Discharge Monitoring Report Form (3320-1) which will be mailed to you by the TCEQs Enforcement Division.
- Submit a Notice of Change (NOC) if the permittee becomes aware that it failed to submit any relevant facts, submitted incorrect information in an NOI or previously submitted information has changed.
- Submit a Notice of Termination (NOT) when all discharges authorized by the permit are eliminated, completed, or if the operator or owner changes.
Annual water quality fees 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 an NOT is submitted.
Contact us if you have questions.