Modular Home Builders Need Storm Water Permits and Plans
Following a recent high-production home builders’ settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over storm water discharge violations, the NAHB environmental regulatory staff is reminding members that the compliance requirements apply not just to stick-built homes, but to modular homes as well.
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into so-called waters of the United States, regardless of the kind of home being built.
Modular builders are also required to have a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan for above-ground oil storage tanks.
Home builders must meet the requirements of both programs in order to be in compliance with the Clean Water Act.
Both the NPDES and SPCC documents are renewed every five years and require monitoring reports. Builders and developers must submit copies of the permits and plans to the appropriate agency — either the EPA or the state agency charged with overseeing the permitting process on the federal government’s behalf — and have another copy available at the job site.
Both documents also must be provided to the EPA or state agency upon their request.
For additional information, e-mail Larissa Mark at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8157.
'Storm Water Permitting: A Guide for Builders and Developers' Available at BuilderBooks.com
“Storm Water Permitting: A Guide for Builders and Developers,” available through BuilderBooks.com, provides a starting point for builders and developers to use in locating and understanding storm water permitting requirements.
The publication has been prepared to help builders comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's storm water requirements, and includes information on state permitting programs and more than 50 of the most commonly used Best Management Practices. Also included are tips on compliance, including how to handle visits from inspectors.
To view or purchase this guide online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.