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  • CHAPTER 92a. NATIONAL POLLUTANTDISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM

    PERMITTING, MONITORING AND COMPLIANCE

    Subchap. Sec.A. DEFINITIONS AND GENERAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS . . . . . 92a.1B. PERMIT APPLICATION AND SPECIAL NPDES PROGRAM

    REQUIREMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92a.21C. PERMITS AND PERMIT CONDITIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92a.41D. MONITORING AND ANNUAL FEES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92a.61E. TRANSFER, MODIFICATION, REVOCATION AND

    REISSUANCE, TERMINATION OF PERMITS, REISSUANCEOF EXPIRING PERMITS AND CESSATION OF DISCHARGE. . . . . 92a.71

    F. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92a.81G. PERMIT COORDINATION WITH THE ADMINISTRATOR . . . . . . . 92a.91H. CIVIL PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF NPDES PERMITS . . . . 92a.101

    AuthorityThe provisions of this Chapter 92a issued under sections 5(b)(1) and 402 of The Clean Streams

    Law (35 P.S. 691.5(b)(1) and 691.402) and section 192013-A of The Administrative Code of 1929(71 P.S. 510-20), unless otherwise noted.

    SourceThe provisions of this Chapter 92a adopted October 8, 2010, effective October 9, 2010, 40 Pa.B.

    5767, unless otherwise noted.

    Cross ReferencesThis chapter cited in 25 Pa. Code 78a.60 (relating to discharge requirements); 25 Pa. Code

    92a.12 (relating to treatment requirements); 25 Pa. Code 93.4c (relating to implementation ofantidegradation requirements); 25 Pa. Code 93.7 (relating to specific water quality criteria); 25Pa. Code 96.8 (relating to use of offsets and tradable credits from pollution reduction activities inthe Chesapeake Bay Watershed); 25 Pa. Code 290.408 (relating to storage impoundmentsscope);and 28 Pa. Code 1151.40 (relating to management and disposal of medical marijuana waste).

    Subchapter A. DEFINITIONS AND GENERAL PROGRAMREQUIREMENTS

    Sec.92a.1. Purpose and scope.92a.2. Definitions.92a.3. Incorporation of Federal regulations by reference.92a.4. Exclusions.92a.5. Prohibitions.92a.6. Effect of a permit.92a.7. Duration of permits and continuation of expiring permits.92a.8. Confidentiality of information.92a.9. NPDES permit satisfies other permit requirements.92a.10. Pollution prevention.92a.11. Other chapters applicable.92a.12. Treatment requirements.

    92a.1. Purpose and scope.(a) Purpose. The regulatory provisions contained in this chapter implement

    the NPDES Program by the Department under the Federal Act.

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  • (b) Scope. A person may not discharge pollutants from a point source intosurface waters except as authorized under an NPDES permit.

    92a.2. Definitions.The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following

    meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:AEUAnimal Equivalent UnitOne thousand pounds live weight of live-

    stock or poultry animals, regardless of the actual number of individual animalscomprising the unit, as defined in 3 Pa.C.S. 503 (relating to definitions).

    AdministratorThe Administrator of the EPA or an authorized representa-tive.

    Agricultural operationThe management and use of farming resources forthe production of crops, livestock or poultry as defined in 3 Pa.C.S. 503.

    Agricultural process wastewaterWastewater from agricultural operations,including from spillage or overflow from livestock or poultry watering sys-tems; washing, cleaning or flushing pens, milkhouses, barns, manure pits;direct contact swimming, washing or spray cooling of livestock or poultry; eggwashing; or dust control.

    Applicable effluent limitations or standardsState, interstate and Federaleffluent limitations or standards to which a discharge is subject under the Stateand Federal Acts, including, but not limited to, water quality-based andtechnology-based effluent limitations, standards of performance, toxic effluentstandards and prohibitions, BMPs and pretreatment standards.

    Applicable water quality standardsWater quality standards to which a dis-charge is subject under the State and Federal Acts, and regulations promulgatedthereunder.

    ApplicationThe Departments form for applying for approval to dischargepollutants to surface waters of this Commonwealth under a new NPDES per-mit, or reissuance of an existing NPDES permit, or the modification or transferof an existing NPDES permit.

    Aquaculture projectA defined managed water area which uses dischargesof pollutants into that designated area for the maintenance or production ofharvestable freshwater, estuarine, or marine plants and animals.

    AuthorityA body politic and corporate created under 53 Pa.C.S. Chapter 56(relating to municipal authorities act).

    BATBest Available Technology Economically Achievable(i) The maximum degree of effluent reduction attainable through the

    application of the best treatment technology economically achievable withinan industrial category or subcategory, or other category of discharger.

    (ii) The term includes categorical ELGs promulgated by the EPA undersection 304(b) of the Federal Act (33 U.S.C.A. 1314(b)).BOD5Biochemical oxygen demand, 5-dayThe 5-day measure of the pol-

    lutant parameter biochemical oxygen demand.

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  • BMPBest Management Practices

    (i) Schedules of activities, prohibitions of practices, maintenance pro-cedures and other management practices to prevent or reduce pollutant load-ing to surface waters of this Commonwealth.

    (ii) The term includes treatment requirements, operating procedures andpractices to control plant site runoff, spillage or leaks, sludge or waste dis-posal, or drainage from raw material storage. The term includes activities,facilities, measures, planning or procedures used to minimize acceleratederosion and sedimentation and manage stormwater to protect, maintain,reclaim, and restore the quality of waters and the existing and designateduses of waters within this Commonwealth before, during and after earth dis-turbance activities.

    BTABest Technology AvailableThe combination of technologies andoperational practices that achieves the most effective degree of impingementmortality and entrainment reduction applicable to the facility.

    CAAPConcentrated Aquatic Animal Production FacilityA hatchery, fishfarm or other facility which meets the criteria in 40 CFR 122.24 (relating toconcentrated aquatic animal production facilities (applicable to State NPDESprograms, see 123.25)).

    CAFOConcentrated Animal Feeding OperationA CAO with greater than300 AEUs, any agricultural operation with greater than 1,000 AEUs, or anyagricultural operation defined as a large CAFO under 40 CFR 122.23(b)(4)(relating to concentrated animal feeding operations (applicable to State NPDESprograms, see 123.25)).

    CAOConcentrated Animal OperationAn agricultural operation thatmeets the criteria established by the State Conservation Commission under theauthority of 3 Pa.C.S. Chapter 5 (relating to nutrient management and odormanagement) in Chapter 83, Subchapter D (relating to nutrient management).

    CBOD5Carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand, 5-dayThe 5 daymeasure of the pollutant parameter carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand.

    CSOCombined Sewer OverflowAn intermittent overflow or otheruntreated discharge from a municipal combined sewer system (includingdomestic, industrial and commercial wastewater and stormwater) prior toreaching the headworks of the sewage treatment facility which results from aflow in excess of the dry weather carrying capacity of the system.

    Combined sewer systemA sewer system that has been designed to serve asboth a sanitary sewer and a storm sewer.

    Conventional pollutantBiochemical oxygen demand, carbonaceous bio-chemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, pH, fecal coliform, oil or grease.

    DMRDischarge Monitoring ReportThe Department or EPA suppliedforms for reporting of self-monitoring results by the permittee.

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  • Daily dischargeThe discharge of a pollutant measured during a calendarday or any 24-hour period that reasonably and accurately represents the calen-dar day for purposes of sampling:

    (i) For pollutants with limitations expressed in units of mass, the dailydischarge is calculated as the total mass of the pollutant discharged over theday.

    (ii) For pollutants with limitations expressed in other units of measure-ment, the daily discharge is calculated as the average measurement of thepollutant over the day.DischargeAn addition of any pollutant to surface waters of this Common-

    wealth from a point source.Disturbed areaAs defined in Chapter 102 (relating to erosion and sediment

    control).Draft permitA document prepared by the Department indicating the

    Departments tentative decision to issue or deny, modify, revoke or reissue apermit.

    ELGEffluent Limitations GuidelineA regulation published by the Admin-istrator under section 304(b) of the Federal Act, or by the Department, to reviseor adopt effluent limitations.

    Earth disturbance activityAs defined in Chapter 102.Effluent limitation or standardA restriction established by the Department

    or the Administrator on quantities, rates and concentrations of chemical, physi-cal, biological and other constituents which are discharged from point sourcesinto surface waters, including BMPs and schedules of compliance.

    EntrainmentThe incorporation of all life stages of fish and shellfish withintake flow entering and passing through a cooling water intake structure andinto a coolin

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