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How to Apply for an NPDES permit
Permit applications for discharges to surface water must be submitted to the Permits Section in Lansing at least 180 days before the permit is needed. The application then proceeds through the standard permit review and development process.
Antidegradation applies to any NPDES action that is anticipated to result in a new or increased loading of pollutants to the surface waters of the state. Information regarding Department requirements for antidegradation can be found in the following downloadable procedure.
General information regarding the NPDES permit process can be found in the following downloadable PowerPoint presentation.
The NPDES application form and instructions can be obtained from the district office in your area. In addition, these documents can be downloaded from this web page in Microsoft Word and PDF formats.
The electronic permit application should be completed, saved, printed, and signed. The original should be sent to the Department as directed in the application. Be sure to save a copy for your records. We are not accepting electronic submittals of the application at this time.
The issuance of an NPDES permit or certificate of coverage does not authorize violation of any federal, state or local laws or regulations, nor does it obviate the necessity of obtaining such permits, including any other DEQ permits, or approvals from other units of government as may be required by law.
The Permit Application for Discharges to Surface Water contains a limited amount of space for reporting general information (adjacent property owners, contract laboratories, and service area), biosolids land application information, and combined sewer overflow outfalls/bypasses. In addition, there is only enough space for information about one outfall. Applicants requiring additional pages can download these extra pages below.
Extra Page: No Exposure Certification Form
Extra Page: Collection System Information
Notice of Intent (NOI) for Noncontact Cooling and Hydrostatic Pressure Test Water Discharges
This Notice of Intent (NOI) is for use by permittees who received a letter from the Department specifically instructing them to use it. Do not use this NOI if you received a letter from the Department instructing you to fill out and submit Sections I, III, IV, and VI of the Permit Application for Surface Water Discharge. Do not use the NOI if you are applying to modify an existing authorization.
If you encounter any difficulties regarding the downloadable NPDES permit forms, please contact Mr. Tarek Buckmaster at 517-241-7503. Electronic inquires may be submitted by clicking on his name.
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