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

Determine if your quarry needs authorization under the John Graves Scenic Riverway General Permit TXG500000 and how to apply for authorization.

HOTThe Newly Issued 2019 John Graves General Permit

On March 29, 2019, the Commission adopted a renewal and amendment of 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.

  • Operator of existing quarries authorized under TPDES John Graves Scenic Riverway General Permit TXG500000 (effective on March 29, 2019), must submit a NOI along with the required technical attachments (the Core Data form, the Restoration Plan, the Proof of Financial Assurance for Restoration, and the Pollution Prevention Plan) to renew your authorization. If needing to terminate authorization for an existing quarry, submit a letter to terminate and the Stabilization Report (in accordance with the requirements in part VIII of the General Permit) the authorization issued under the previous general permit within 90 days of the effective date of this renewed general permit.

If you operate a quarry in the John Graves Scenic Riverway you may be regulated under 30 TAC Chapter 311, Subchapter HExit the TCEQ
View a map of 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 Adobe Acrobat PDF Document. (Help with PDF)

Before discharging from a quarry meeting these criteria, you must do the following:

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

  • If your facility has a ranking of “high performer”, “satisfactory performer,” or “inadequate information,” continue to Step 2.
  • If the compliance history ranking is “unsatisfactory performer,” then your facility is not eligible for coverage under the general permit. You must apply for an individual permit instead.

2. Read General Permit TXG500000 Adobe Acrobat PDF Document to make sure it applies to your quarry.

  • If the general permit does not apply, you must apply for an individual permit.
  • If the general permit does apply, continue with Step 3.

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

  • Completed Notice of Intent (NOI) Microsoft Word Document
  • Core Data Form Microsoft Word Document (TCEQ-10400) - Instructions to Fill Core Data Form Adobe Acrobat PDF Document (TCEQ-10400-inst)
  • 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 online by ePay or mailed to:

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

If you are discharging to a Municipal Separate Storm sewer (MS4) you must submit a copy of the application to the operator of that system at the same time submit the application to the TCEQ.

After you apply for coverage, TCEQ will review your application and send you one of the following:

  • A request for additional information, in which case you will have 30 days to respond;
  • A Denial Letter informing you that coverage has been denied (usually because the information requested was not provided); or
  • Your authorization certificate.

After you obtain authorization under this general permit, you must:

  • Comply with the requirements of the General Permit
  • Implement your Pollution Prevention Plan (P3) and update it as needed
  • Analytical results for determining compliance with effluent limitations must be submitted online using the NetDMR reporting system available through the TCEQ website, unless the permittee requests and obtains an electronic reporting waiver. Permittees that are issued an electronic reporting waiver shall submit analytical results to the TCEQ Enforcement Division (MC-224) on an approved DMR form (EPA No. 3320-1).
  • Pay the annual water quality fee of $800.00 per year. This fee 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.

Expired 2014 TPDES General Permit TXG500000

The following additional information is available:

Expired 2008 TPDES General Permit TXG500000

The following documents provide information from the expired 2008 TPDES General Permit TXG500000. The documents are for historical information only.

2008 TPDES General Permit TXG500000 Adobe Acrobat PDF Document
2008 Executive Director's Response to Comments Adobe Acrobat PDF Document:
2008 Fact Sheet Adobe Acrobat PDF Document:

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