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Does our company need a construction storm water plan?

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Perhaps your company is embarking on a large construction project or your company is actually the construction team working on a large project. Whatever the case, PROtect is often asked if a construction storm water plan, which is more officially called a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), is needed?

Defining an SWPPP

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an SWPPP describes all the construction site operator’s activities to prevent stormwater contamination, control sedimentation and erosion, and comply with the requirements of the Clean Water Act.

In other words, a construction storm water plan is required in some cases in order to avoid harming the environment and thus, comply with the EPA.

When a Construction Storm Water Plan is Needed

“If a company is doing a new project that will disturb more than an acre of land, they must submit a notice of intent to the state agency prior to breaking ground as well as have a construction Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan,” said Lauren Taylor, a senior Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) consultant with PROtect.

What the SWPPP Should Include

According to the EPA, the construction operator’s SWPP should include:

  • Cover/title page
  • Project and SWPPP contact information
  • Site and activity description, including a site map
  • Identification of potential pollutant sources
  • Description of controls to reduce pollutants
  • Maintenance/inspection procedures
  • Records of inspections and follow-up maintenance of Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • SWPPP amendments
  • SWPPP certification

About PROtect

PROtect is uniquely positioned to ensure your company is protected from unnecessary risks related to regulatory non-compliance, employee injury, liability and property damage. We work within a variety of industries and have clients throughout the United States who utilize our risk control services.

Contact PROtect directly at (316) 927-4290 for a complimentary consultation.

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