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Individual NPDES Mining Permits

Mining and Natural Resource Section

Oil Sands NPDES Presentation

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General NPDES Mining Permit ALG850000 for Sand & Gravel Operations

Mining and Natural Resource Section

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Small Noncoal, Nonmetallic Mining & Dry Processing Sites, And Associated Areas

Special Services Section

As of February 1, 2013, small mining operations less than 5 acres in total land disturbance will no longer be registered under ADEM Admin. Code r. 335-6-12, or 'Chapter 12'. Small mining operations less than 5 acres in total land disturbance will now be permitted under General Permit ALG890000 below. Sites registered under Chapter 12 after February 1, 2013, must comply with the requirements of Chapter 12 until 1) termination of registration coverage, or 2) upon expiration of registration, obtaining permit coverage under General Permit ALG890000.

View or download a copy of ADEM Admin. Code chapter 335-6-12.

Federal and state regulations regarding discharges of stormwater require operators/owners to apply for and obtain NPDES permit coverage prior to conducting initial operation of small noncoal, nonmetallic mining sites, and associated land disturbance activities. These rules require that a Construction Best Management Practices Plan (CBMPP), prepared by a qualified credentialed professional (QCP), that is designed to minimize pollutant discharges in stormwater runoff to the maximum extent practicable during land disturbance activities, be fully implemented and effectively maintained. A CBMPP is required to be submitted with the request for registration for proposed discharges to a Tier 1 waterbody(s), proposed discharges to an Outstanding National Resource Water (ONRW) designated waterbody, and for projects involving waterbody relocation or significant alteration. NPDES registration coverage must be retained until all disturbed areas have been reclaimed and/or effective stormwater quality remediation has been achieved.

The rules require an operator/owner to register noncoal, nonmetallic mining or dry processing sites less than five (5) acres in size. Noncoal or nonmetallic mining sites and dry processing sites equal to or greater than 5 acres in size must obtain individual NPDES permit coverage (ADEM Admin. Code Chapter 335-6-9). Coal or metallic mining sites and wet preparation plant sites regardless of size must obtain also individual NPDES permit coverage.

In addition to technical and administrative requirements, the rules require that regular inspections be performed by a QCP, a trained person under the direct supervision of a QCP, or a qualified credentialed inspector (QCI) trained through the Qualified Credentialed Inspection Program (QCIP).

The registrant, owner, operator, contractor, or other responsible entity, separately or collectively, must retain NPDES registration coverage for regulated projects until existing disturbance activity and future proposed disturbance activity is complete and all disturbed areas have been reclaimed and/or effective stormwater quality has been remediation achieved.

Responsibility for compliance with ADEM rules and NPDES registration requirements are not delegable by contract or otherwise. The operator/owner must ensure that any agent, contractor, subcontractor, or other person employed by, under contract, or paid a salary by the operator/owner ensures compliance.

Registration neither precludes nor negates an operator's responsibility or liability to apply for, obtain, or comply with other ADEM, federal, state, or local government permits, certifications, licenses, or other approvals. Registration does not authorize disturbance activity for sites/projects in the Coastal Zone of Baldwin and Mobile counties until coastal consistency certification or permit coverage is obtained, if required by ADEM Admin. Code Division 335-8.

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View or download an example site identification sign.

ADEM Admin. Code Rule 335-6-12-.05(5) requires the registrant to post and maintain facility identification. The registrant is required to post a sign at easily accessible location(s) to identify the site. The registrant may use this example sign or create and use a sign with equivalent identifying information.

Completed registration and reporting forms can be mailed or hand delivered for processing to the ADEM Montgomery office.

General NPDES Permit ALG890000 for Small Mining Operations

Special Services Section

As of February 1, 2013, small mining operations less than 5 acres in total land disturbance will be permitted under this General Permit, and will no longer be registered under ADEM Admin. Code r. 335-6-12, or 'Chapter 12'.

Federal and state regulations regarding discharges of stormwater require owners/operators to apply for and obtain NPDES permit coverage prior to conducting initial operation of small noncoal, nonmetallic mining sites, and associated land disturbance activities. This general permit requires that a Best Management Practices (BMP) Plan, prepared by a qualified credentialed professional (QCP), that is designed to minimize pollutant discharges in stormwater runoff to the maximum extent practicable during land disturbance activities, be fully implemented and effectively maintained. A BMP Plan is required to be submitted with the request for permit coverage for proposed discharges to a waterbody which is listed on the most recently EPA approved 303(d) list of impaired waters for a pollutant of concern, a waterbody for which a TMDL has been approved or established by EPA for a pollutant of concern, a waterbody assigned the Outstanding Alabama Water use classification in accordance with ADEM Admin. Code r. 335-6-10-.09, or a waterbody assigned a special designation in accordance with ADEM Admin. Code r. 335-6-10-.10.

The general permit requires an owner/operator to obtain permit coverage for noncoal, nonmetallic mining or dry processing sites less than five (5) acres in size. Noncoal or nonmetallic mining sites and dry processing sites equal to or greater than 5 acres in size must obtain either an individual NPDES permit or the sand and gravel general permit (ADEM Admin. Code Chapter 335-6-9). Coal or metallic mining sites and wet preparation plant sites regardless of size also must obtain either an individual NPDES permit or the sand and gravel general permit.

In addition to technical and administrative requirements, the general permit requires that regular inspections be performed by a QCP, a trained person under the direct supervision of a QCP, or a qualified credentialed inspector (QCI) trained through the Qualified Credentialed Inspection Program (QCIP).

The permittee must retain NPDES permit coverage for all regulated activity until existing disturbance activity and future proposed disturbance activity is complete and final stabilization has been achieved.

Alabama Small Mining General Permit - February 1, 2013

Small Mining General Permit Forms
SMGP - Form 498 Notice of Intent
SMGP - Form 499 Notice of Termination
SMGP - Form 500 Inspection Report
SMGP - Form 501 Noncompliance Notification

Now Available: eNOI

Completed application forms should be mailed or hand delivered for processing to the ADEM Montgomery office.

ADEM's small mining general permit requires the permittee to post and maintain facility identification (Part IV.T). The permittee is required to post a sign at the entrance or other easily accessible location(s) to adequately identify the site. The permittee may use this example sign or create and use a sign with equivalent identifying information.
Example Facility ID Sign

Permit Fee Schedule D

ADEM BMP Plan Template

Water Use Classification Maps

Information on Alabama TMDLs

Alabama 303(d) List of Impaired Waters

AL Handbook for Erosion Control, Sediment Control and Stormwater management on Construction Sites and Urban Areas

ADEM Water Use Classifications (WUC) and designations
scroll to Division 6 - Volume 1, then Chapter 10

ADEM Water Use Classifications (WUC) maps
scroll to Division 6 - Volume 1, then Chapter 11

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), adopted in 1997, replaced the Standard Industrial Codes (SIC), and can be viewed or downloaded at the U.S. Census Bureau: http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/
The SIC Codes can be viewed or downloaded at: http://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/sicsearch.html. Registration forms (ADEM Form 498) and reporting forms (ADEM Forms 499, 500, and 501) can be viewed or downloaded in PDF format on the forms page.

Qualified Credentialed Inspector Training

ADEM currently recognizes the following QCI Training Programs:

Homebuilders Association of Alabama (HBAA)
HBAA Qualified Credentialed Inspector (QCI) training program

Thompson Engineering, Inc. (TEI)
Thompson Engineering, Inc. (TEI) Qualified Credentialed Inspector (QCI) training program

Contact Information
Mailing Address

ADEM
Attn: Water Division
Stormwater Management Branch
Post Office Box 301463
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-1463
(334) 271-7700
(334) 279-3051 Fax
Physical Address

ADEM
Attn: Water Division
Stormwater Management Branch
1400 Coliseum Boulevard
Montgomery, Alabama 36110
(334) 271-7700
(334) 279-3051 Fax