Industrial Facility Inspection Program
The City of Abilene is required to inspect certain industrial facilities on a routine basis to assess their compliance with federal and state water quality regulations, as part of its NPDES stormwater permit. 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.
For Questions and Concerns contact:
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3)
Small Business Local Government Assistance (SBLGA)
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
State (TCEQ) and Federal (EPA) Information & Resources
- Small Business and Local Government Compliance Assistance
- TCEQ Assistance Tools
- EPA Industrial Stormwater Fact Sheet Series
The Industrial Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP)
From the Texas Commission on Envitonmenal Quality (TCEQ)
Who: Some common business activities are required to have permit coverage approved by TCEQ. By using the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code or North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code identified for your business, you can determine if you business activity is described by one of the required codes. If it is, you must have permit coverage under a sector prescribed by TCEQ.
What: The Texas Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit program is administered by TCEQ and addresses water pollution through regulation of industrial facilities.
Why: Activities at industrial facilities are often exposed to the weather. Rain or snow that comes in contact with these activities can pick up pollutants and transport them to a water source, potentially degrading our water quality and may even have a negative effect of the ecosystem.