EPA Regional Programs


Mar. 10, 2013
Permit Not Required for Stormwater Discharges From Forest Roads
The EPA has revised its Phase I stormwater regulations to clarify that a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit is not required for stormwater discharges from logging roads. The EPA did not intend for logging roads to be regulated as industrial facilities and has revised 40 CFR 122.26(b)(14) to clarify that intent by adding language to existing stormwater regulations to clarify that, for the purposes of assessing whether stormwater discharges are "associated with industrial activity," the only facilities under Standard Industrial Code (SIC) code 2411 that are "industrial" are: rock crushing, gravel washing, log sorting, and log storage. Stormwater discharges from forest roads, including logging roads, may be evaluated under section 402(p)(6) of the Clean Water Act because the section allows for a broad range of flexible approaches that are better suited to address the complexity of forest road ownership, management, and use.

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