Industrial Facility Inspection Program

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Activities that take place at industrial facilities, such as material production, processing, handling and storage, are often exposed to atmospheric conditions like rain, snow, sleet and wind. Weather conditions can cause pollutants from these facilities to enter adjacent waterways and impact the local water quality. As rain or snow and ice melt comes into contact with these materials, it picks up pollutants and transports them to nearby storm drain sewer systems, creeks, and other water resources. This stormwater runoff can be a significant source of water pollution in local waterways.

The Stormwater Management Division is responsible for ensuring that industrial facilities in the City of Abilene are in compliance with all required stormwater discharge permits and regulations.  Therefore Stormwater Services staff regularly inspects these facilities in order to reduce and/or eliminate the potential discharge of pollutants into surface waters adjacent to these facilities along with minimizing the impact on the larger watershed.

  • Stormwater permit coverage requirements have been established by the Environmental Protection Agency* (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality*(TCEQ) in order to regulate stormwater runoff from industrial facilities.  

    The current Texas Pollution Discharge Elimination System’s TPDES Multi-Sector permit-TXR050000* was reissued on August 14, 2011 by TCEQ. It is in the process of renewing this permit which expires August 14, 2016. This general permit covers 30 industrial sectors which have a high potential to contaminate surface waters in the State of Texas.

    TCEQ MSGP Renewal Information* (Effective August 14, 2016)

    Sector A:Timber Products

    Sector P:Land Transportation and Warehousing

    Sector B:Paper and Allied Products

    Sector Q:Water Transportation

    Sector C:Chemical and Allied Products

    Sector R:Ship and Boat Building or Repairing Yards

    Sector D:Asphalt Paving and Roofing Materials and Lubricants

    Sector S:Air Transportation

    Sector E:Glass, Clay, Cement, Concrete, and Gypsum Products

    Sector T:Treatment Works

    Sector F:Primary Metals

    Sector U:Food and Kindred Products Facilities

    Sector G:Metal Mining (Ore Mining and Dressing)

    Sector V:Textile Mills, Apparel, and other Fabric Product Manufacturing Facilities

    Sector H:Coal Mines and Coal Mining Related Facilities

    Sector W:Furniture and Fixtures

    Sector I:Oil and Gas Extraction Facilities

    Sector X:Printing and Publishing

    Sector J:Mineral Mining and Processing Facilities

    Sector Y:Rubber, Misc. Plastic Products, and Misc. Manufacturing Facilities

    Sector K:Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities

    Sector Z:Leather Tanning and Finishing

    Sector L:Landfills and Land Application Sites

    Sector AA:Fabricated Metal Facilities

    Sector M: Automobile Salvage Yards

    Sector AB:Transportation Equipment, Industrial or Commercial Machinery Manufacturing Facilities

    Sector N:Scrap and Waste Recycling Facilities

    Sector AC:Electronic, Electrical, Photographic and Optical Goods

    Sector O:Steam Electric Generating Facilities

    Sector AD:Misc. Industrial Activities

     

    Check the status of your permit online*

    Permit requirements are based on either the facilities Standard Industrial Classification ( SIC) code or it’s North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code.  If your industrial activity is described by one of the required SIC codes, you MUST have permit coverage.

    SIC Codes*

    NAICS Conversion Table*

    If you are unsure of your industry code you can go to the Department of Labor: OSHA website. Use their look up tool to find your applicable SIC code.

    TPDES Multi-Sector permit-TXR050000*

    TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit Application*

    If all industrial activities and materials are performed and contained inside a building or under a storm-resistant shelter, and are isolated from rain, snow, snowmelt and runoff, you may be eligible for a conditional No Exposure Exclusion from permit requirements.

    TPDES-Conditional-No-Exposure-Certification-Application*

    TPDES Conditional No Exposure Certification Guide*

  • Small Business Local Government Assistance (SBLGA)

    The SBLGA is a division of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) dedicated to assisting small businesses and local governments understand and comply with state environmental rules and regulations. This is a free service, entirely separate from TCEQ's enforcement program, with a real person here in Abilene for face-to-face conversation.

    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    1977 Industrial Blvd., Abilene, TX 79602
    Direct:  325-698-6104
    Office:  325-698-9674
    Fax:      325-692-5869

  • TCEQ Assistance Tools*

    Compliance Assistance Hotline Number
    1-800-447-2827

    Small Business & Local Government Compliance Assistance
    TexasEnviroHelp.org


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