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The successful implementation of a SWPPP and, therefore, the prevention of erosion, is best accomplished by ensuring everyone on site understands the controls and why they are being implemented. General contractors are responsible for providing their employees and sub-contractors with the appropriate training.
Employees and subcontractors should be trained on at least the following:
When it comes to refresher training, the standard is very specific: employees must receive refresher trainings at least every three years to ensure they understand and follow the most current operating procedures. Employers may require refresher trainings take place more frequently, depending on input they receive from the employees involved in the operating process. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.
SWPPP stands for Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan. A SWPPP is required by the Construction General Permit and will help you prevent stormwater pollution. (EPA)
A SWPPP is usually required for construction projects that disturb more than one acre of land. However, local or state regulations may vary, so check with your local permitting authority.
NOI stands for Notice of Intent. This alters the permitting authority (like the EPA) of an operator’s intent to be covered under the Construction General Permit. It usually contains basic information about the site and the proposed discharge.
A Construction General Permit (CGP) is issued under the authority of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and associated regulations for those areas where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority. It authorizes the discharge of stormwater (and certain authorized non-stormwater discharges) from construction sites that disturb one acre or more of land (and from smaller sites that are part of a larger, common plan of development). CGPs require site operators to implement stormwater controls and develop a SWPPP.
As stormwater flows over a construction site, it can pick up sediment, debris, and chemicals, and transport them to rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water. The sediment, turbidity, and other pollutants contained by these discharges contribute to aquatic ecosystem degradation, increased drinking water treatment costs, and impairment of the recreational use and aesthetic value of impacted waters.