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University of Minnisota  Procedure

Stormwater Enforcement Response: Twin Cities and Duluth Campuses

Administrative Procedure

Construction Site Activities

When the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (DEHS) or its designated campus stormwater point-of-contact discovers that the project site is not in compliance with its Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) or the Stormwater Compliance Procedure, and a verbal discussion with the Contractor does not produce a favorable result, the following course of action will be taken:

  1. In cases where the initial request is made by the designated campus stormwater point-of-contact and the project fails to correct the violation, the point-of-contact will inform DEHS.
  2. DEHS will immediately inform the project manager and request the manager to direct the contractor to correct the violation. A time schedule will be given to the manager/contractor for bringing the project into compliance.
  3. If the project fails to correct the violation within the specified time, the Director of DEHS will contact the Assistant Vice President for Capital Planning and Project Management to resolve the non-compliance issue. Total or partial work on the project may be suspended until compliance is achieved.
  4. In cases of imminent environmental damage, the Director of DEHS will order work stoppage with notice to the Vice President of University Services.

Illicit Discharges

When a source of illicit discharge is discovered, the following course of action will be taken:

  1. DEHS will contact the person and/or department responsible for the discharge, and direct them to stop the discharge. If applicable, DEHS will report the discharge to the Minnesota Duty Officer.
  2. University personnel or private contractor will clean-up the discharge as specified in the University's Emergency Operations Plan.
  3. DEHS will investigate the cause of the discharge, and assist the department responsible for the discharge in taking any needed corrective actions.
  4. DEHS will complete and submit any written reports required by regulatory agencies as a result of an illicit discharge.
  5. The department responsible for the discharge will also be responsible for paying for any monetary fines assessed by a regulatory agency, and any cost incurred during cleanup

On the Duluth campus, the following also apply:

3d-1 Portable Toilet Management - Portable toilets should be placed and secured so as to minimize the chance of an illicit discharge into one of the special waters in and around campus.

3d-1 Catch Basin Identifying Stamp Requirements - Catch basins installed in concrete on the UMD campus must be imprinted with the "NO DUMPING LEADS TO LAKE" stencil. The stencil can be borrowed from the UMD designated campus storm water point of contact.

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