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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 25. State Water Control Board
Chapter 194. Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) General Permit Regulation for Vehicle Wash Facilities and Laundry Facilities

9VAC25-194-10. Definitions.

The words and terms used in this chapter shall have the meanings defined in the State Water Control Law and 9VAC25-31 (VPDES Permit Regulation) unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, except that for the purposes of this chapter:

"Board" means the State Water Control Board. When used outside the context of the promulgation of regulations, including regulations to establish general permits, "board" means the Department of Environmental Quality.

"Construction equipment" means trenchers, backhoes, boring equipment, bulldozers, loaders, dump trucks, and any other piece of earth moving equipment.

"Golf course equipment" means carts, utility vehicles, bunker rakes, groomers, seeders, and other turf equipment but does not mean equipment used in fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide application.

"Inlet protection measures" means equipment and best management practices to minimize pollution to state waters via the storm drain. Equipment includes containment berms, barriers, or seals designed to prevent water from entering the inlet, weighted filters, or socks designed to remove metals, oil and grease, solids, and debris combined with other measures, including vacuuming of wastewater, shut off hose nozzles, washing, or directing wastewater to grassy areas.

"Laundry" means any self-service facility where the washing of clothes is conducted as designated by NAICS Code 812310 and SIC 7215. It does not include facilities that engage in dry cleaning.

"Lawn maintenance equipment" means motorized or hand operated lawn care equipment, including mowers, hedgers, aerators, augers, blowers, brush clearers, brush cutters, dethatchers, edgers, pole saws, power rakes, and tillers, but does not mean equipment used in fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide application.

"NAICS" means North American Industry Classification System from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, 2017 edition.

"SIC" means the Standard Industrial Classification from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget Standard Industrial Classification Manual, 1987 edition.

"Total maximum daily load" or "TMDL" means a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards and an allocation of that amount to the pollutant's sources. A TMDL includes wasteload allocations (WLAs) for point source discharges, and load allocations (LAs) for nonpoint sources or natural background or both, and must include a margin of safety (MOS) and account for seasonal variations.

"Vehicle maintenance" means vehicle and equipment rehabilitation, mechanical repairs, painting, fueling, and lubrication.

"Vehicle wash" means any fixed or mobile facility where the manual, automatic, or self-service exterior washing of vehicles is conducted and includes the following:

1. Vehicles that convey passengers or goods on streets or highways, such as automobiles, trucks, motor homes, buses, motorcycles, ambulances, fire trucks, and tractor trailers. This industry primarily comprises establishments engaged in cleaning, washing, or waxing automotive vehicles, such as passenger cars, trucks, and vans, and trailers as designated by NAICS Code 811192 and Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code 7542;

2. Incidental floor cleaning wash waters associated with facilities that wash vehicles where the floor wash water also passes through the vehicle wash treatment system;

3. Golf course equipment and lawn maintenance equipment;

4. Maintenance and construction equipment;

5. Street sweepers and catch basin cleaner trucks; and

6. Recreational boats less than 8.6' beam and 25' in length towed by a vehicle.

"Vehicle wash" does not mean engine cleaning or degreasing; the cleaning of floors in vehicle maintenance areas, cleaning of the interior of tanks or trailers carrying bulk or raw material, cleaning of equipment used in the paving industry, cleaning of chemical, fertilizer, or pesticide spreading equipment, or cleaning of tanker trucks, garbage trucks, livestock trailers, trains, boats larger than 8.6' beam and 25' in length, or aircraft; or the use of acid caustic metal brighteners or steam heated water.

Statutory Authority

§ 62.1-44.15 of the Code of Virginia; § 402 of the Clean Water Act; 40 CFR Parts 122, 123, and 124.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 26, eff. October 15, 1997; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 19, eff. October 15, 2002; Volume 28, Issue 18, eff. October 16, 2012; Volume 33, Issue 26, eff. October 16, 2017; Volume 38, Issue 18, eff. January 1, 2023; Volume 39, Issue 4, eff. January 2, 2023.

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