Phase II of the NPDES Construction Stormwater Permitting Program Will Impact the Entire Green Industry

Contractors in the green industry will face many changes this spring. Through Phase II of the Natural Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) rule went into effect in January 2003, contractors became accountable for fulfilling these requirements on March 10. The EPA provisions require contractors to implement appropriate erosion control measures when disturbing one acre of land or more.

Many contractors have found themselves untrained and unequipped to meet the NPDES Phase II requirements. They must outline an erosion-control plan at the start of each project and have the needed equipment on site for the duration of the project. Equipment needs are always a major concern for contractors and this rule may cause unexpected equipment expenditures in 2003.

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