NPDES General Permit # 5 for Mining and Processing Facilities
Description of General Permit #5
General Permit #5 (GP #5) authorizes discharges from facilities primarily engaged in mining or quarrying to waters throughout the State of Iowa. The types of discharges authorized under GP #5 include:
- wash water,
- materials transport water,
- scrubber water used for air pollution control,
- water used for dust suppression,
- mine or quarry dewatering, and
- non-contact cooling water used for cooling of crusher bearings, drills, saws, dryers, pumps and air compressors.
The facilities may be mining or quarrying dimension stone, crushed and broken limestone, construction sand and gravel, clay, ceramic, and refractory minerals, and miscellaneous nonmetallic minerals, except fuels.
General Permit #5 became effective on July 20, 2011.
Forms for General Permit #5
Fees for General Permit #5
A permitted facility has the option of submitting an annual fee, or a three, four, or five-year fee as follows:
- Annual Permit Fee: $125 (per year)
- Three-year Permit Fee: $300
- Four-year Permit Fee: $400
- Five-year Permit Fee: $500
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.
Questions on General Permit #5
For more information on General Permit #5, please contact:
Steve Williams, Steve.Williams@dnr.iowa.gov, (515) 281-8884