[Pesticidegp] AZPDES Pesticide General Permit Update
Pesticide General Permit
Wed Mar 30 10:33:53 MST 2011
Dear Interested Persons,
On February 25, 2011, ADEQ issued its draft Arizona Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (AZPDES) Pesticide General Permit (PGP) for public
comment. The public comment period closed on March 29, 2011. ADEQ
thanks all who participated in the draft permit development process and
those who submitted comments to the draft permit.
Subsequent to ADEQ issuing the draft PGP for public comment, EPA and
others petitioned the United States Court of Appeals for an extension of
the April 9, 2011 permit effective date deadline, after which time
permit coverage would have been required for the application of
pesticides to waters of the U.S. On March 28, 2011 the court granted
the petition delaying the date by which PGP coverage will be required
until October 31, 2011.
According to the most recent information provided by EPA, the final
federal PGP will be published on approximately July 30, 2011, allowing
sufficient time for states to align final federal permit requirements
with their state permits in advance of the new October 31, 2011 permit
As a result, and until EPA issues the final federal PGP, ADEQ will
suspend further AZPDES PGP issuance activities. Upon issuance of the
final federal PGP, ADEQ will review and evaluate all comments received
during the recent ADEQ comment period and consider whether revisions to
the prior issued draft AZPDES PGP are appropriate. There will be further
discussions with the regulated community as ADEQ considers the
appropriate next steps and before a final AZPDES PGP is issued.
Additional information on the status of EPA's PGP process may be found
Stormwater and General Permits
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
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