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  • ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING

    ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING EXPERTISE SINCE 2000

    Water and Environmental Technologies (WET), has been working on environmental permitting projects since 2000 when our company started.

     

    Specific Environmental Permitting areas of service include:

     

    MDEQ Multi-Sector General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Industrial Activities preparation:
    Industrial sites such as landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and mines require storm water permit coverage, which involves submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI) and a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). Industries must comply with both general and sector specific requirements detailed in the permit. WET provides annual training for permittees.

     


     

    Montana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (MPDES) permit preparation:
    When a construction project disturbs one or more total acres of land, a Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activity is needed. The goal of the permit is to prohibit the discharge of any pollutant to state surface water as sediment runoff rates from construction sites are 10 to 20 times greater than farm land or forested areas and discharges can affect: aquatic habitats, channel dynamics, and add nutrients and metals to state surface water. Sediment runoff rates from construction sites are 10 to 20 times greater than farm land or forested areas and discharges can affect: aquatic habitats, channel dynamics, and add nutrients and metals to state surface waters.

     


     

    MPDES site inspections:
    Storm Water Pollution Prevention (SWPPP) site inspections are required to be conducted following either a weekly or biweekly schedule as per Section 2.3 of the General Permit. Site inspections need to be conducted by a qualified SWPPP Administrator and are needed until a Notice of Termination (NOT) can be filled.

     


    Joint Application permit preparation:
    When construction activities are located on or near a waterway in Montana, permits may be required. Agencies are notified by submitting a Joint Application. The permits that may be needed:
    1. Conservation Districts (local government) – 310 Permits;
    2. MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks (state government) – SP 124 permits;
    3. County Floodplain Administrators (local government) – floodplain permits;
    4. US Army Corps of Engineers (federal government) – Section 404/Section 10 permits;
    5. MT Department of Environmental Quality (state government) – 318 (turbidity) Authorizations; and
    6. MT Department of Natural Resource and Conservation (state government) – Navigable river land use licenses and easements.

     


    Major (>5-lots) and Minor (5-lots or less) Subdivision permit preparation:
    MDEQ reviews and approves the development of any lot less than 20-acres in size. All regulations relating to topography, geology, hydrology and water quality must be addressed in a formal application. Prior to approval, the lot or subdivision must demonstrate the following:
    • Adequate water supply (quantity, quality and dependability);
    • An on-site wastewater system;
    • Appropriate storm water controls; and
    • Solid waste disposal system.
    The well, on-site wastewater system, and storm water controls must be located and designed to meet all state and county regulations.

     


     

    County Septic permit preparation:
    MT Counties review proposed on-site wastewater systems using a nondegradation evaluation calculations for nitrate sensitivity and phosphorus breakthrough to insure that they will not degrade state surface or ground water.

     


     

    Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) preparation:
    Phase I ESAs address a range of information including historic ownership, geological and hydrogeological conditions, and environmental status reports and are often required by banks to identify recognized environmental conditions from historic and current practices. The compiled information is then used to determine whether a significant potential for environmental contamination exists at the site. Depending on Phase I findings, additional sampling may be recommended under a Phase II investigation. ESA due diligence can protect potential buyers from significant environmental liability.

     


     

    Sage Grouse Permitting
    WET has a professional biologist who has experience working throughout the Intermountain West conducting a variety of biological studies involving terrestrial and avian wildlife and plant species.  In particular, he has extensive experience surveying and studying Greater Sage-Grouse, he is knowledgeable with federal and state grouse guidelines, laws and timing stipulations.

     

    WET works with the Montana and Wyoming Greater sage-grouse protection Executive Orders to ensure that our clients are in compliance with federal, state, and local governmental agencies guidelines and stipulations.  Also, WET can propose BMP mitigation measures when core grouse habitat is affected by a project, which can help facilitate a project’s timely implementation.

     

    Contact WET personnel for compliance assistance.  Our trained wildlife biologist can help assess project impacts during the planning phase to limit negative interactions. To learn more visit:   https://sagegrouse.mt.gov/

     


     

    Have Environmental Permitting Questions? Need Environmental Permits Now?
    Call us at 1.406.782.5220, or fill out our contact form and a WET permitting expert will get back to you shortly.

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