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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the regulatory deadlines?

The EPA final rule was published December 8, 1999. The final rule requires the DEM (as the permitting authority) to perform the following:

  • December 8, 2000 - Promulgate Phase II Regulations.
  • December 8, 2002 - Develop and apply criteria for small MS4s outside of urbanized areas (incorporated in draft RIPDES regulations).
  • March 10, 2002 - Small MS4s may apply for waivers (if qualify).
  • December 8, 2002 - Issue General Permit(s), for small MS4s and construction activity 1-5 acres.
  • December 8, 2002 - RIPDES may grant waivers (if qualify).
  • December 8, 2002 - RIPDES to develop a menu of Best Management Practices (BMPs).
  • March 10, 2003 - Operators of small MS4s must submit notice of intent application (NOI).



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Who is Regulated under the Phase II Final Rule?

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