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Program for Industrial Activity - Who's Covered


Florida's NPDES stormwater program regulates all industrial activities that:

The eleven categories are defined using both narrative descriptions of the activities and Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes. (Note: The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) will eventually replace the SIC system. The U.S. Bureau of the Census has a conversion table to bridge the two systems.) General descriptions of the types of activity within each category follow:

Category Description
Category (i) Facilities subject to federal effluent limitations or new source performance standards
Category (ii) Heavy manufacturing (e.g., ship building and repair, chemical manufacturing, wood products manufacturing)
Category (iii) Mining/oil and gas exploration
Category (iv) Hazardous waste facilities
Category (v) Landfills or open dumps
Category (vi) Recycling facilities (e.g., salvage yards, auto junk yards, battery reclaimers)
Category (vii) Steam electric power generation facilities
Category (viii) Transportation facilities (e.g., trucking, airports, marinas)
Category (ix) Treatment works (e.g., domestic wastewater treatment plants)
Category (x) Large construction activity (i.e., disturbing 5 or more acres of land ). This category is regulated and permitted separately under the NPDES Stormwater Program for Construction Activity.
Category (xi) Light industry (e.g., printing, warehousing)

A detailed description of the eleven categories of "stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity" (12.3KB) is available. This one-page reference sheet contains a complete listing of the categories and the associated SIC codes for each. Any industrial activity that meets the coverage criteria is regulated under the program; however there are two possible exceptions from the requirement to obtain a permit, as explained below:

ISTEA Temporary Exemption

Provisions of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 temporarily delayed the deadline for Phase I industrial activities (with the exception of power plants, airports, and uncontrolled sanitary landfills) operated by municipalities with populations less than 100,000 people to obtain an NPDES stormwater discharge permit. However, the temporary exemption expired on March 10, 2003.

The Conditional No Exposure Exclusion

Certain industrial activities may qualify for an exemption from the NPDES stormwater permitting requirements if none of their industrial materials or processes are exposed to stormwater. See conditional no exposure exclusion for more details.

NPDES Stormwater Permitting Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3585
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400
Phone: (850) 245-7522
Phone: (866) 336-6312 (toll-free)
Email: NPDES-stormwater@dep.state.fl.us

Last updated: November 17, 2016

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