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What Is a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan?

A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, often referred to as a SWPPP, is used to maintain good water quality on sites. These plans identify potential threats of pollutants and create ways to eliminate or reduce the risk of stormwater pollution. They are required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and are typically necessary on large construction sites. 

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What’s included in a SWPPP?

A SWPPP should be a very detailed report of how potential pollutants are handled. Furthermore, it should provide insight into the duration of the project and what preventative procedures are taking place in order to avoid an accident.


1. Pollution Prevention Team

The first part of creating your plan will be to establish a pollution prevention team to help identify potential threats. The team established must consist of qualified personnel that are experienced in this field.


2. Site Description

This section consists of what kind of project you are working on. A detailed description of the project at hand is required as is the work you will be doing on the site.


3. Potential Pollutant Sources

Provide a detailed summary of what potential pollutants could be on your site. Also, it’s important to include the quantity of potential pollutants.


4. Control Measures

This section details what you will do with your potential pollutants, how you will store them and where.


5. Schedules and Procedures

Using potential pollutants safely is crucial to any SWPPP. This section reviews the schedule and the procedures in which you will handle the potential pollutants.


Preparing and maintaining a SWPPP can be a challenging and time-consuming task. Talon/LPE’s staff of environmental professionals has years of experience preparing SWPPP’s for clients in a diverse range of industries in a number of states. Our team can assist you with all phases involved with the preparation and maintenance of a SWPPP, including: testing services, inspections, reports and regulatory filings, and the preparation of customized training programs for your facility.

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