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Title:

Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Publication date:

9/17/2021

Effective date:

8/2/2013

BRIEF

Policy Summary

In accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) notified the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) in 1992 that it will comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System's general permit for storm-water discharges associated with industrial activity.Berkeley Lab must:

  • Maintain an effective and appropriate stormwater drainage system;
  • Ensure that no water other than stormwater or SWRCB-approved non-stormwater discharges such as irrigation water, fire-sprinkler-testing water, and air-conditioner condensate enters the stormwater drainage system;
  • Collect, monitor, and properly dispose of all non-stormwater; and
  • Identify all operations that could contaminate stormwater, and take appropriate corrective measures to prevent stormwater pollution.

Who Should Read This Policy

All Berkeley Lab employees and subcontractors.

To Read the Full Policy, Go To:

The POLICY tab on this wiki page

To Read the ES&H Program Details, Go To:

ES&H Manual Chapter 57

Contact Information

Stormwater Discharges Subject Matter Expert
Environmental Services Group
EHS Division

Card
labelPolicy

Title:

Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Publication date:

9/17/2021

Effective date:

8/2/2013

POLICY

A. Purpose

Berkeley Lab's Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program ensures that the Laboratory implements the best-available cost-effective technology to reduce or eliminate stormwater pollution.

B. Persons Affected

All Berkeley Lab employees and subcontractors

C. Exceptions

None

D. Policy Statement

  1. In accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations, Berkeley Lab notified the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) in 1992 that it will comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System's general permit for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity.
  2. Berkeley Lab must:
    1. Maintain an effective and appropriate stormwater drainage system;
    2. Ensure that no water other than stormwater or SWRCB-approved non-stormwater discharges such as irrigation water, fire-sprinkler-testing water, and air-conditioner condensate enters the stormwater drainage system;
    3. Collect, monitor, and properly dispose of all non–stormwater; and
    4. Identify all operations that could contaminate stormwater, and take appropriate corrective measures to prevent stormwater pollution.
  3. In addition, Berkeley Lab will notify and secure a General Construction Permit from the SWRCB for any construction projects exceeding one acre in size (Work Process A).
  4. Berkeley lab will incorporate post-construction stormwater management controls into new development and redevelopment plans to protect related watersheds and water bodies from hydrologic-based impacts and pollution associated with the post-construction landscape. Those post-construction requirements are included in the California SWRCB General Construction Permit for construction projects exceeding one acre in size, and in the federal Energy Independence and Security Act, Section 438, for federal developments greater than 5,000 square feet.

E. Roles and Responsibilities

Role

Responsibilities

Principal Investigators and Supervisors

  • Ensure that environmental laws, regulations, and policies are followed;
  • Request assistance from the Environmental Services Group (ESG) for technical advice on which environmental requirements apply to their operations, and what would be an appropriate compliance strategy;
  • Provide training for employees in operational requirements pertaining to environmental protection, and maintain records of such training;
  • Ensure that activities are performed within acceptable operating standards and that any required records are current; and
  • Notify the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Division immediately of any unplanned accidental releases.

Employees

  • Follow applicable environmental laws, regulations, and policies;
  • Must be fully aware of the environmental impact of their activities, and must comply with all requirements that govern those activities;
  • Adhere to all environmental requirements contained in Berkeley Lab stormwater permits;
  • Perform activities within acceptable operating standards, and maintain current records whenever required;
  • Take immediate action to stop unplanned releases to the environment, and report all instances of unplanned environmental releases to the EHS Division; and
  • Complete all required training provided by supervisors and the EHS Division.

Environmental Services Group

  • Develops Berkeley Lab policies and procedures to ensure operations are conducted in an environmentally safe manner and in full compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations and DOE orders;
  • Prepares environmental compliance plans and reports as mandated by SWRCB regulations and DOE orders;
  • Assesses current and planned Berkeley Lab programs, and assists in defining environmental-protection compliance upgrades and corrective actions;
  • Prepares budget requests for, and manages, environmental protection upgrades and corrective actions for institutional projects;
  • Provides training, makes presentations, and participates in discussions regarding environmental-protection matters with Berkeley Lab employees, regulatory agencies, concerned public citizens, community organizations, and the media;
  • Manages and applies for stormwater permits;
  • Curtails or suspends any operations that pose an immediate danger to members of the public or the environment;
  • Monitors laboratory discharges to the environment to verify compliance with applicable regulations and permits;
  • Investigates reports of unplanned environmental releases, and notifies federal, state, and local authorities in a timely manner, as required;
  • Coordinates and represents Berkeley Lab activities during environmental audits and inspections by regulatory agencies and the DOE;
  • Responds to information requests from the public; and
  • Participates in DOE audits of off-site analytical laboratories to ensure the quality of analytical results received for environmental-monitoring programs.

F. Definitions/Acronyms

Term

Definition

Pollution prevention

Reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of nontoxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and reusing materials rather than putting them into the waste stream

State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)

The agency responsible for promulgating the California General Permit for Storm Water Discharge Associated with Industrial Activities and the Permit for Storm Water Discharge Associated with Construction Activities. At Berkeley Lab, these permits are administered and enforced by the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board, with assistance from the City of Berkeley.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

A federal agency responsible for enforcing environmental laws. In California, some of this responsibility is typically delegated to state and local regulatory agencies.

G. Recordkeeping Requirements

Stormwater sampling results are maintained by the Environmental Services Group.

H. Implementing Documents

Document number

Title

Type

07.09.007.001

Storm Water Pollution Prevention

Program

07.09.007.002

Work Process A, General Requirements

Process

07.09.007.003

Alternative Storm Water Monitoring Plan

Plan

07.09.007.004

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Plan

07.09.007.005

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for the Old Town Demolition Project

Plan

07.09.007.006

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for the Bayview / SURP / BioEPIC Project

Plan

07.09.007.007

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for the SSM and THUP Project

Plan

07.09.007.010

Environmental Monitoring Plan (stormwater discharge section)

Plan

07.09.007.011

ESG Procedure 200, Environmental Reporting and Correspondence

Procedure

07.09.007.012

ESG Procedure 201, Environmental Permitting

Procedure

07.09.007.013

ESG Procedure 206, On-Site Analysis of Environmental Samples

Procedure

07.09.007.014

ESG Procedure 252, Data Quality Objectives and Assessment

Procedure

07.09.007.015

ESG Procedure 254, Sample Processing , Packaging, and Transport

Procedure

07.09.007.016

ESG Procedure 256, ESG Database Verification and Validation

Procedure

07.09.007.017

ESG Procedure 260, Sampling Unauthorized Non-Stormwater Discharges

Procedure

07.09.007.018

ESG Procedure 263, Surface Water Sampling

Procedure

07.09.007.019

ESG Emergency Response Protocol for Sewage and Potable Water Releases

Procedure

I. Contact Information

Storm Water Discharges Subject Matter Expert
Environmental Services Group
EHS Division

J. Revision History

Date

Revision

By Whom

Revision Description

Section(s) Affected

Change Type

1/2/2012

0

T. Bauters

Rewrite for wiki (brief)

All

Minor

8/2/2013

1

R. Fox

Rewrite for wiki (policy)

All

Minor

9/17/2021

2

B. Mulholland

Periodic review

All

Minor

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labelDocument Information

DOCUMENT INFORMATION

Title:

Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Document number

07.09.007.000

Revision number

2

Publication date:

9/17/2021

Effective date:

8/2/2013

Next review date:

9/17/2026

Policy Area:

Environmental Protection Program

RPM Section (home)

EHS

RPM Section (cross-reference)

None

Functional Division

EHS

Prior reference information (optional)

ES&H Manual Chapter 57

Driving Requirements

  • 33 United States Code Ch 26, 1311 et seq., Clean Water Act
  • 42 USC, Chapter 103 Section 9601 et seq., Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, as amended
  • 42 USC, Chapter133, 13101-13109 Pollution Prevention Act of 1990
  • 40 CFR 110, 112, 116, 117, 122, 136, 300, 302, 355,372,401
  • CCR Title 23 CCR Division 3 , Chapter 9, Waste Discharge Reports and Requirements, and Chapter 9.2 Sections 2250, 2251, 2260, Reportable Quantities and Reporting Requirements, discharges of non-AEA to waters of the state
  • California Health and Safety Code, Division 5 Sections 5410, 5411, and 5411.5, Reporting Discharges of Sewage or Other Waste to the Waters of the State
  • California Health and Safety Code, Division 20 Chapter 6.67, Aboveground Storage of Petroleum, to the extent involving discharges or potential discharges to waters of the state
  • California Water Code, Division 7, Water Quality, to the extent involving discharges or potential discharges of non AEA materials to waters of the state
  • SWRCB Water Quality Order #2006-003-DWQ Statewide General Waste Discharge Requirements for Sanitary Sewer Systems
  • SWRBC Water Quality Order #97-003-DWQ Statewide General Permit Requirements for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity
  • SWRCB Water Quality Order #99-008-DWQ Statewide General Permit for Construction Stormwater Discharges
  • Berkeley Municipal Code 17.20, City of Berkeley, Discharge of Non-Storm Water into the City's Storm Drain System—Reduction of Storm Water Pollution (except discharges of Atomic Energy Act materials)
  • Oakland Municipal Code Ordinance 12024, City of Oakland, Creek Protection, Storm Water Management, and Discharge Control, (except discharges of Atomic Energy Act materials)
  • Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA),
  • EPA SW 846 Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste
  • Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater
  • California Health and Safety Code Sections, 25270, 25501, 25503 and 25507
  • California Water Code Sections 13260, 13267, 13271 and 13273

Implementing Documents

Document number

Title

Type

07.09.007.001

Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Program

07.09.007.002

Work Process A, General Requirements

Process

07.09.007.004

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Plan

07.09.007.005

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for the Old Town Demolition Project

Plan

07.09.007.006

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for the Bayview / SURP / BioEPIC Project

Plan

07.09.007.007

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for the SSM and THUP Project

Plan

07.09.007.010

Environmental Monitoring Plan (storm-water discharge section)

Plan

07.09.007.011

ESG Procedure 200, Environmental Reporting and Correspondence

Procedure

07.09.007.012

ESG Procedure 201, Environmental Permitting

Procedure

07.09.007.013

ESG Procedure 206, On-Site Analysis of Environmental Samples

Procedure

07.09.007.014

ESG Procedure 252, Data Quality Objectives and Assessment

Procedure

07.09.007.015

ESG Procedure 254, Sample Processing , Packaging, and Transport

Procedure

07.09.007.016

ESG Procedure 256, ESG Database Verification and Validation

Procedure

07.09.007.017

ESG Procedure 260, Sampling Unauthorized Non-Stormwater Discharges

Procedure

07.09.007.018

ESG Procedure 263, Surface Water Sampling

Procedure

07.09.007.019

ESG Emergency Response Protocol for Sewage and Potable Water Releases

Procedure

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Title:

Storm Water Pollution Prevention

Document number

07.09.007.000

Revision number

2

Publication date:

9/17/2021

Effective date:

8/2/2013

Next review date:

9/17/2026

Policy Area:

Environmental Protection Program

RPM Section (home)

ESH

RPM Section (cross-reference)

None

Functional Division

EHS

Author name/contact info

R. Fox



Revision 0 publication date

1/2/2012

Retirement date

n/a

Prior reference information (optional)

PUB-3000 Section 11.3.12 moved to Chapter 57



Inputs from more than one Functional Area?

No

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Inputs from more than one Policy Area?

No

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30-day notification needed?

No

30-day start date

n/a

30-day end date

n/a



LDAP protected?

No



Need TABL reminders?

No

Frequency

n/a

Brief reminder text:

n/a



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