WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing an updated draft permit to regulate stormwater discharges from industrial activities to replace the current 2008 Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) when it expires later this year. The proposed permit will help protect our nation’s waterways from industrial sector pollutants, which can contribute to aquatic ecosystem degradation, increase drinking water treatment costs, and impair the recreational use and aesthetic value of waterways.

The permit covers 29 different sectors of industrial activity and, once finalized, will be in effect in the four states and other territories and areas where the EPA is the permitting authority. The draft 2013 MSGP will be available for public comment for 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register.

More information is available at https://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/msgp.cfm.