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Overview

The State Water Board adopted Water Quality Order 2014-0174-DWQ for the reissuance of General NPDES Permit (CAG990002) on October 21, 2014. The General Permit covers short-term and intermittent discharges from the de-watering of utility vaults and underground structures to waters of the United States by utility companies that include, but are not limited to, suppliers of cable television, electricity, internet, natural gas, and telephone services. Water Quality Order 2014-0174-DWQ expires on June 29, 2020, but remains in effect until the State Water Board reissues the General Permit.


Current Permit

Fees

  • Fee Schedule (NPDES Permit Fees)
    • Vector Control - See Section 2200(b)(6) for the permit term fee. Other Pesticides Permits - See Category 3 of Section 2200(b)(9) for the base annual fee. Add a 21 percent surcharge for the total annual fee.
    • Other Pesticides Permits and Utility Vaults Permit - See Category 3 of Section 2200(b)(9) for the base annual fee. Add a 21 percent surcharge for the total annual fee.

    Please Note: The California Water Code requires the State Water Board to adjust the fees each fiscal year to conform with the revenue levels set forth in the California Budget Act. Thus, the fees could change every year.

Ex Parte Disclosure Requirements for Pending General Orders

  • Any pending Board item is subject to the ex parte communication disclosure requirements of Water Code section 13287. Any communications between interested persons and board members (other than at a noticed board meeting or submitted as a comment letter in compliance with the public notice) must be disclosed by the interested person within seven days of the communication. Sample disclosure forms are available.

    Beginning 14 days before scheduled adoption by the Board, ex parte communications between interested persons and board members concerning any Board item are prohibited.

Notice of Intents (NOI), Pollution Prevention Plans (PLAN), and Notice of Terminations (NOT)

When the applicant or an interested party requests a public hearing, the item will be added to the next available meeting of the Regional Water Board. A meeting notice for a minimum of 30 days, will be followed by public hearing at the Regional Water Board. At the public hearing, the Regional Water Board will approve or deny coverage under the General Permit.

The request for a public hearing must be made in writing to the appropriate Regional Water Board and received at that office a minimum of 30 days from when the PLAN is noticed through our listserv. The request must include the entity or area under consideration and the item(s) of concern that prompted the request. If no public hearing is requested within 30 days of the Regional Water Board's electronic notice, coverage under the General Permit commences automatically.

TABLE OF NOIs, PLANs and NOTs
Applicant/Discharger NOI / PLAN Comments Due Revised
NOI / PLAN
NOT
Wild Goose Storage NOI and PLAN 07/02/2015    
City of Rosevile Electric NOI and PLAN 07/02/2015    
Pacific Gas & Electric Company - RWQCB 1 NOI and PPP 07/06/2015    
Pacific Gas & Electric Company - RWQCB 2 NOI and PPP 07/06/2015    
Pacific Gas & Electric Company - RWQCB 3 NOI and PPP 07/06/2015    
Pacific Gas & Electric Company - RWQCB 5 NOI and PPP 07/06/2015    
Pacific Gas & Electric Company - RWQCB 6 NOI and PPP 07/06/2015    
San Diego Gas & Electric NOI and PPP 07/06/2015    
Verizon California, Inc. - Region 1 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Verizon California, Inc. - Region 2 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Verizon California, Inc. - Region 3 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Verizon California, Inc. - Region 4 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Verizon California, Inc. - Region 5 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Verizon California, Inc. - Region 6 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Verizon California, Inc. - Region 7 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Verizon California, Inc. - Region 8 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Verizon California, Inc. - Region 9 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
AT&T Corp - Region 1 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
AT&T Corp - Region 2 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
AT&T Corp - Region 3 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
AT&T Corp - Region 4 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
AT&T Corp - Region 5 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
AT&T Corp - Region 6 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
AT&T Corp - Region 7 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
AT&T Corp - Region 8 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
AT&T Corp - Region 9 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Pacific Bell Telephone Company - Region 1 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Pacific Bell Telephone Company - Region 2 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Pacific Bell Telephone Company - Region 3 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Pacific Bell Telephone Company - Region 4 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Pacific Bell Telephone Company - Region 5 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Pacific Bell Telephone Company - Region 6 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Pacific Bell Telephone Company - Region 7 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Pacific Bell Telephone Company - Region 8 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Pacific Bell Telephone Company - Region 9 NOI and Plan 07/10/2015    
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority NOI and Plan 07/13/2015    
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power NOI and Plan 07/20/2015    
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power - Region 6 NOI and Plan 07/20/2015    
Comcast - Region 1 NOI and Plan 07/23/2015    
Comcast - Region 2 NOI and Plan 07/23/2015    
Comcast - Region 3 NOI and Plan 07/23/2015    
Comcast - Region 5 NOI and Plan 07/23/2015    
City of Anaheim Public Utilities Department NOI and Plan 07/23/2015    
Sacramento Municipal Utility District NOI and Plan 07/26/2015    
Southern California Edison - Region 3 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Southern California Edison - Region 4 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Southern California Edison - Region 5 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Southern California Edison - Region 6 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Southern California Edison - Region 7 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Southern California Edison - Region 8 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Southern California Edison - Region 9 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Level 3 Communications - Region 1 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Level 3 Communications - Region 2 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Level 3 Communications - Region 3 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Level 3 Communications - Region 4 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Level 3 Communications - Region 5 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Level 3 Communications - Region 6 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Level 3 Communications - Region 7 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Level 3 Communications - Region 8 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Level 3 Communications - Region 9 NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Veolia Energy Los Angeles - Bunker Hill Facility NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
Veolia Energy Los Angeles - Century City NOI and Plan 08/03/2015    
CenturyLink Communications - Region 1 NOI and Plan 08/07/2015    
CenturyLink Communications - Region 2 NOI and Plan 08/07/2015    
CenturyLink Communications - Region 3 NOI and Plan 08/07/2015    
CenturyLink Communications - Region 4 NOI and Plan 08/07/2015    
CenturyLink Communications - Region 5 NOI and Plan 08/07/2015    
CenturyLink Communications - Region 6 NOI and Plan 08/07/2015    
CenturyLink Communications - Region 7 NOI and Plan 08/07/2015    
CenturyLink Communications - Region 8 NOI and Plan 08/07/2015    
CenturyLink Communications - Region 9 NOI and Plan 08/07/2015    
City Light & Power NOI and Plan 8/17/2015 Revised NOI and PLAN  
Redding Electric Utility NOI and Plan 8/17/2015    
Glendale Water & Power NOI and Plan 8/28/2015    
Bear Valley Electric Service NOI and Plan 12/26/2015    
Sprint - All Regions NOI and Plan 12/26/2015    
Verizon Wireless, Inc NOI and Plan 12/26/2015    
Burbank Water and Power NOI and Plan 03/03/2016    
Time Warner Cable NOI and Plan 03/14/2016    
Sonic Telecom, LLC - Region 1 NOI and Plan 04/11/2016 Revised NOI and Plan  
Sonic Telecom, LLC - Region 2 and 5 NOI and Plan 10/13/2016    
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority NOI and Plan 11/21/2016    
Frontier Communications Inc. - All Regions NOI and Plan 1/16/2017    
Verizon Wireless Inc. - Regions 6, 8, and 9 NOI and Plan 1/16/2017    

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