*The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (Department) has prepared a draft Statewide General Permit for Biosolids Land Application Sites. The Mississippi Environmental Permit Board (Permit Board) is soliciting comments regarding the issuance of this general permit through a public notice. The public comment process will begin July 1, 2015 and will end August 11, 2015, and will include a public hearing to be held August 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Commission Hearing Room of the Department at 515 E. Amite Street, Jackson, MS 39201. If the Permit Board elects to issue this statewide general permit, persons seeking a permit for the operation of a biosolids land application site may apply for a certificate of coverage under the general permit in the same manner as they would apply for an individual permit. The activity regulated under this general permit includes the incorporation or injection of certain biosolids (treated municipal wastewater sludge) into the soils of agricultural properties for soil amendment and conditioning purposes. If a certificate of coverage under the statewide permit is issued to the applicant, the application of these biosolids to the land must be conducted in a manner which prevents runoff into waters of the state, and nutrient overloading and soil contamination by evenly distributing nutrients into the soil at the appropriate agronomic rate based on field size, crop type, and other factors required by the general permit. The public notice can be viewed by clicking here. The draft permit can be viewed by clicking here. Written comments on the proposed draft permit should be submitted to the following address no later than August 11, 2015:
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Solid Waste and Recycling Programs
P.O. Box 2261
Jackson, MS 39225
*The Permit Board on Environmental Quality is proposing to reissue the statewide Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Multimedia General Permit (MSG22). This Multimedia General Permit authorizes the operation of a concentrated animal feeding operation, discharges of storm water associated with agricultural activities, and the release of air emissions associated with the construction and operation of a concentrated animal feeding operation which may include mortality incineration equipment. This reissuance will allow the continued operation of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations for an additional five-year period. This general permit will replace the previous general permit that will expire July 31, 2015. The CAFO General Permit Public Notice Draft can be viewed by clicking here. The public notice starts April 8, 2015 and ends May 8, 2015. Written comments should be submitted to the following address no later than May 8, 2015:
Chief, Environmental Permits Division
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Office of Pollution Control
P.O. Box 2261
Jackson, Mississippi 39225
*The Permit Board on Environmental Quality reissued the statewide Multimedia Hot Mix Asphalt Facility General Permit (MSR70) on March 2, 2015. This permit authorizes the discharge of storm water run-off into waters of the State and the construction and operation of air emissions equipment from Hot Mix Asphalt facilities in accordance with the provisions of the Mississippi Air and Water Pollution Control Law. This reissuance will allow the continued operation of Hot Mix Asphalt facilities for an additional five-year period. Coverage recipients wishing to be covered under the reissued general permit must submit a Re-coverage Form within 30-days of the date of the Letter of Instruction. The Re-Coverage Form can be found HERE. The Multimedia Hot Mix Asphalt Facility General Permit can be accessed HERE. Affected Hot Mix Asphalt facilities seeking initial coverage may do so by submitting the appropriate documents found in the Hot Mix Asphalt General Permit Forms Package.
*The Permit Board on Environmental Quality reissued the statewide Multimedia Ready-Mix Concrete Facility General Permit (MSG11) on April 1, 2014. This permit authorizes the discharge of process wastewater and storm water run-off into waters of the State and the construction and operation of air emissions equipment from Ready-Mix concrete facilities in accordance with the provisions of the Mississippi Air and Water Pollution Control Law. This reissuance will allow the continued operation of Ready-Mix Concrete facilities for an additional five-year period. Coverage recipients wishing to be covered under the reissued general permit must submit a Re-coverage Form within 30-days of the date of the Letter of Instruction. The Ready-Mix Concrete General Permit can be accessed HERE. Affected Ready-Mix Concrete facilities seeking initial coverage may do so by submitting the appropriate documents found in the Ready-Mix Concrete General Permit Forms Package.
*A new air application form is now available for use under "New Consolidated Air Application Form". This form may be used for any type of air permitting action, including both construction and operation. This form now has the sections of the application as separate Word or Excel documents. All applicable and/or required sections should be completed and submitted with each air permitting action. The previous forms - the Construction and State Operating form and the Title V Operating form - may be used through December 31, 2013. Applications submitted after December 31, 2013, should be submitted on the new forms. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the new form, please contact Carla Brown at 601-961-5235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*We are pleased to announce that effective immediately, the Environmental Permits Division (EPD) of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will accept and encourages the submission of Plans and Specifications in an electronic file formats such as PDF, TIFF on CD or DVD. In accordance with State regulation 11 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 6, R.1.1.6.B., EPD receives, reviews and approves plans and specifications for all proposed municipal and domestic sewage collections prior to beginning construction of proposed system. In the past, engineering firms have sent us full scale blueprint sets for these projects; this is no longer required in hardcopy format. At this time, the required information sheet should still be submitted via paper and a signed and stamped cover letter should be included with any electronic files indicating that the plans and specifications submitted electronically were developed by a professional engineer who holds a valid certificate of registration as a professional engineer issued by the Mississippi State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.
MDEQ has added a link to a form entitled "Coastal County Utility Authority Environmental Clearance Form to the Office of Pollution Control" under commonly used applications and forms. This form is required to be completed and submitted to MDEQ for all construction stormwater coverages in Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River and Stone Counties.