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New Requirements under the reissued PAG-03 General Permit

stormwaterThe Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published a reissued NPDES General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater Associated with Industrial Activity (PAG-03) on September 24, 2016.  DEP also published new requirements for the associated No Exposure Certification.  DEP sent out a mass mailing to facilities that currently have a PAG-03 General Permit regarding the reissued permit and changes that have occurred.  The Sample Permit document (3850-PM_BCW0083d) can be obtained via DEP’s website and contains the new terms and conditions of the PAG-03 coverage.

The following are some of the changes and requirements under the reissued PAG-03 General Permit and associated No Exposure Certification process.  

  • Expanded list of discharges not authorized under the reissued PAG-03 General Permit. Some facilities may need to file for an Individual NPDES permit.
  • Annual reports will need to be completed each year and will be due May 1.   The first annual report will be due May 1, 2017.  The report requires stormwater analysis and inspections to be addressed and summarized.
  • Semi-annual Sampling & Electronic Discharge Monitoring Reports (eDMRs) will need to be completed starting January 1, 2017.   The first sample will need to be collected January 1, 2017-June 30, 2017 and the eDMR will be due July 28, 2017.  The second sample will need to be collected July 1, 2017-December 31, 2017 and the eDMR report will be due January 28, 2018.
  • EDMR registration via PADEP will be necessary by December 21, 2016, if the facility is not already using the eDMR system.
  • Annual fees of $500 will be due by May 1st each year.
  • Benchmark Values for Pollutants & Corrective Action Plans (CAP) – Parameter benchmarks are now established for each facility depending on the appendix they fall under.  If two consecutive benchmark exceedances occur for the same parameter at the same discharge point (outfall), a CAP must be developed and submitted to PADEP within 90 days.
  • New and Reorganized Appendices.  PADEP has added new sector-specific appendices and eliminated some, resulting in reorganization of appendices.  Facilities may fall under a new appendix.
  • Best Management Practices (BMPs) – some general and sector-specific BMPs were added and revised (see Part C II of permit & the sector-specific appendix applicable to your facility).  Facilities will have until September 24, 2017 to implement the BMPs.
  • Preparedness, Prevention and Contingency (PPC) Plan  –  The PPC Plan must describe preventative measures and BMPs that will be implemented under the PAG-03 General Permit to reduce or eliminate pollutants from coming into contact with stormwater.  The PPC Plan must be reviewed and updated as needed at least on an annual basis.
  • No Exposures – Facilities with No Exposure Certifications will now need to complete a Notice of Intent (NOI), submit a PPC Plan, $500 filing fee, and collect and analyze at least one grab sample to confirm discharge is non-polluting. Facilities will have to do a renewal for no exposure when their current no exposure expires.

Contact Core Environmental Sevices today to discuss the PAG-03 General Permit and/or No Exposure Certification requirements and provide assistance with any of the tasks.

Allison Park, Pennsylvania Office
Corporate Headquarters

Morgantown, West Virginia
304-292-CORE (2673)

Lewisburg, West Virginia

Disaster Recovery Efforts in West Virginia

flood-damageWe are proud of our staff and Greenbrier County, WV neighbors for working so hard to recover from the devastating flooding. CORE is helping directly with relief efforts and can assist with other environmental issues including:

  • Spilled heating oil
  • Above ground storage tanks
  • Potential drinking water well contamination
  • Stream restoration

Please contact our Lewisburg, WV office directly at 304-520-4260 for assistance.

Additional information regarding flood cleanup and recovery efforts can be found at the Greenbrier County website.


Environmental Scientist, Morgantown WV.

Job Title:  Environmental Scientist, Morgantown WV.

CORE Environmental Services, Inc. is offering the following full time opportunity in our Morgantown, WV office for a results oriented, self-starting Environmental Scientist to work on wetland related and environmental projects.  Work will include permitting, wetlands delineation, and environmental inspection.

Overall Responsibilities:

  • Ability to independently conduct wetland delineations in accordance with USACOE and state protocols, functional wetland assessments, mitigation, plant and wildlife identification, and soils identification
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of state and federal environmental laws as they pertain to energy related projects.
  • Ability to work under adverse weather conditions
  • Possess a working understanding of:
  • Wetland and waterbody construction and mitigation procedures
  • Upland erosion control, revegetation, and maintenance plans
  • Environmental impact statements and orders
  • Project permits, certificates, or other regulatory documents
  • Project specific specifications and plans
  • Monitor all field activities on a regular basis to verify compliance with environmental conditions of governing documents.
  • Ability to independently prepare permit documents, environmental reports, and correspondence
  • Document all field activities and Best Management Practices. Documentation will include written report forms (daily, weekly, non-compliance, unanticipated discovery, etc.) and photographic documentation. Upload documentation to the project web site in a timely manner.


  • B.S. in a physical science, M.S. Biology a plus
  • USACOE training preferred
  • 6 to 8 years of relevant wetlands delineation experience in West Virginia
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Experienced with Trimble GPS and ArcGIS
  • Applicants must possess a degree in environmental science, natural science, engineering, or a related field of study with demonstrated experience in the regulatory compliance field related to pipeline construction.
  • Candidates should have good interpersonal skills, some supervisory/organizational talents, and proven ability to work in a positive team manner.
  • Hard working attitude / commitment towards achieving project goals.
  • Must be willing to conduct inspections outside of business hours, as required by state and federal regulations, and respond to client needs accordingly.

Please submit resumes for open positions to