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General Permit #5 (GP #5) authorizes discharges from facilities primarily engaged in mining or quarrying to waters throughout the State of Iowa. GP #5 became effective on July 20, 2011. The types of discharges authorized under GP #5 include:
The facilities covered by General Permit #5 may be primarily engaged in mining or quarrying the following:
General Permit #5 expires on July 19, 2016. The NPDES section is currently working on reissuing the permit. The most recent draft version is available in the Forms section below, as is a presentation on the changes from the active permit.
DNR hosted a public stakeholder meeting on August 25, 2015 to seek input on the draft of GP #5. Comments or questions on the proposed general permit will continue to be accepted until Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Written comments or questions should be directed to Julie Faas, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, NPDES Section, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, Iowa 50309-0034; via fax at 515-725-8202; or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the initial comment period closes, the NPDES Section will revise the draft general permit and will proceed with the internal rulemaking process. This webpage will be updated with additional information when the draft General Permit is ready for notice and for presentation to the Environmental Protection Commission.
A permitted facility has the option of submitting an annual fee, or a three, four, or five-year fee as follows:
Fees are to be submitted by August 30 each year unless a multiple year fee payment was paid in an earlier year. New facilities seeking general permit #5 coverage in any month except August shall submit fees with the Notice of Intent for coverage. Coverage provided by the five-year, four-year, and three-year permit fees expires no later than the expiration date of the general permit. Maximum coverage is five years, four years, and three years, respectively. In the event a facility is no longer eligible to be covered under general permit #5, the remainder of the fees previously paid by the facility would be applied toward its individual permit fee.
For more information on General Permit #5, please contact:
Julie Faas, Julie.Faas@dnr.iowa.gov, 515-725-8409