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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 25. State Water Control Board
Chapter 860. Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit Regulation for Potable Water Treatment Plants
4/19/2024

9VAC25-860-60. Registration statement.

A. Deadlines for submitting registration statement. The owner seeking coverage under this general permit shall submit a complete VPDES general permit registration statement in accordance with this section, which shall serve as a notice of intent for coverage under the VPDES general permit regulation for potable water treatment plants.

1. New facilities. Any owner proposing a new discharge shall submit a complete registration statement at least 60 days prior to the date planned for commencement of the new discharge.

2. Existing facilities.

a. Any owner covered by an individual VPDES permit that is proposing to be covered by this general permit shall submit a complete registration statement at least 240 days prior to the expiration date of the individual VPDES permit or a later submittal established by the department.

b. Any owner that was authorized to discharge under the expiring or expired VPDES general permit and who intends to continue coverage under this general permit shall submit a complete registration statement to the department at least 60 days prior to the expiration date of the existing permit or a later submittal established by the department.

B. Late registration statements. Registration statements for existing owners covered under subdivision A 2 b of this section will be accepted after the expiration date of the permit, but authorization to discharge will not be retroactive.

C. The required registration statement shall contain the following information:

1. Facility name and street address, owner name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address (if available);

2. Operator or other contact name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address;

3. The nature of the business;

4. A USGS 7.5 minute topographic map or equivalent computer generated map showing the facility location extending to at least one mile beyond the property boundary and the location of the discharge points;

5. The receiving waters of the discharge;

6. The outfall number, latitude and longitude (in decimal degrees (six digits - ten-thousandths place)), the daily maximum and monthly average process wastewater flow (millions of gallons per day or gallons per day), duration of discharges, and frequency of discharge;

7. The type of water treatment (e.g., conventional filtration treatment, microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, or a combination of these) and, if applicable, a description of any treatment type changes since the previous registration statement was submitted;

8. The number of any existing VPDES or VPA permit;

9. The Virginia Department of Health Public Water Supply Identification (PWSID) number;

10. If the existing VPDES permit contains a groundwater monitoring plan requirement, a copy of the department-approved plan shall be submitted unless the plan has been previously submitted and approved and remains unchanged. If a plan has been previously approved, cite the plan and date of approval;

11. Information regarding the lining of any settling basins or lagoons, whether such units are earthen lined, and if so, whether the linings have a permeability of no greater than 10-6 cm/sec;

12. The results of any whole effluent toxicity evaluation required by the 2018 potable water treatment plant general permit regulation, 9VAC25-860-50 A 3, or the current individual permit, if not previously submitted to the department;

13. A schematic drawing showing the treatment of the water from raw water intake through finished water distribution. Indicate clearly where backwash, reject water, clean in place water, and disinfection chemicals could enter the process wastewater and exit the outfall to state waters. Also include in schematic where solids from any treatment process are settled or dried;

14. Information on chemicals used in the production of drinking water and process wastewater treatment, to include (i) a description of chemicals, (ii) a proposed or actual schedule and quantity of chemical usage, (iii) a description of any chemical or chemical usage changes since the previous registration statement was submitted, and (iv) a description of which chemicals have no likelihood of entering the process wastewater;

15. A description of how solids and residue from any settling basins or lagoons are disposed;

16. Whether the facility will discharge to a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). If yes, the name of the MS4 owner must be provided. If the owner of the potable water treatment plant is not the owner of the MS4, the facility owner shall notify the MS4 owner of the existence of the discharge and include a copy of the notification with the registration statement. The notification shall include the following information: the name of the facility, a contact person and contact information (telephone number and email), the location of the discharge, the nature of the discharge, and the owner's VPDES general permit number;

17. If a new potable water treatment plant owner proposes to discharge within five miles upstream of another public water supply system's intake, the new potable water treatment plant owner shall notify the public water supply system's owner and include a copy of the notification with the registration statement; and

18. The following certification:

"I certify under penalty of law that this document and all attachments were prepared under my direction or supervision in accordance with a system designed to assure that qualified personnel properly gather and evaluate the information submitted. Based on my inquiry of the person or persons who manage the system or those persons directly responsible for gathering the information, the information submitted is to the best of my knowledge and belief true, accurate, and complete. I am aware that there are significant penalties for submitting false information including the possibility of fine and imprisonment for knowing violations."

D. The registration statement shall be signed in accordance with 9VAC25-31-110.

E. The registration statement shall be delivered to the department's regional office where the industrial facility is located by either postal or electronic mail. Following notification from the department of the start date for the required electronic submission of Notices of Intent to discharge forms (i.e., registration statements) as provided for in 9VAC25-31-1020, such forms submitted after that date shall be electronically submitted to the department in compliance with this section and 9VAC25-31-1020. There shall be at least a three-month notice provided between the notification from the department and the date after which such forms must be submitted electronically.

Statutory Authority

§ 62.1-44.15 of the Code of Virginia; § 402 of the Clean Water Act.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 6, eff. December 24, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 23, eff. December 24, 2013; Volume 34, Issue 11, eff. July 1, 2018: Volume 39, Issue 11, eff. July 1, 2023.

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