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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 current version of GP #5 will expire on July 19, 2021. The Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) has adopted a final rule (ARC 5283C) to renew the permit for a forth five-year term. Changes to the permit include formatting, minor revisions to simplify existing language and improve clarity, additional definitions, and the inclusion of applicable existing state rules. The permit’s definition for “Waters of the United States” has also been updated to reference the June 22, 2020, federal definition. This is the effective date of the final Navigable Waters Protection Rule published by the U.S. EPA.
The renewed version of GP #5 will become effective on July 20, 2021.
Please note that existing dischargers will be required to submit a new notice of intent (NOI) after the renewed GP #5 becomes effective and no later than January 15, 2022 to ensure no lapse in permit coverage.
Questions regarding the renewal can be directed to David Schelling at via email at email@example.com 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, 515-725-8407Tim Grotheer, Tim.Grotheer@dnr.iowa.gov, 515-725-8414