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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 was reissued on July 20, 2016. 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:
The previous version of General Permit #5 expired on July 19, 2016. The current version took effect on July 20, 2016.
The Iowa DNR is currently drafting a renewal GP5. Download a Redline/Strikeout Version of the draft changes to GP5 or a Clean Draft (current as of December 20, 2019). A Stakeholder Meeting was held on June 17, 2019 to accept questions and comments on the draft changes.
Please note that the Department plans to revise the effective date referenced in the general permit's proposed definition for "Waters of the United States" to reflect the effective date of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, once the final rule is published in the Federal Register.
Questions regarding the renewal can be directed to David Schelling at via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 515-725-8407.
Notices of Intent, Annual Monitoring reports, and Fees for General Permit #5 may all be submitted electronically using the General Permits 5, 8, and 9 Database. For more information on the database, and to access the user manual, please see the NPDES Databases page.
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.
Fees for General Permit #5 may all be submitted electronically using the General Permits 5, 8, and 9 Database.
For more information on General Permit #5, please contact: David Schelling, David.Schelling@dnr.iowa.gov, 515-725-8407 Tim Grotheer, Tim.Grotheer@dnr.iowa.gov, 515-725-8414