Dear Construction General Permit Stakeholders:
On January 11, 2017, EPA issued the final 2017 Construction General Permit (CGP). The 2017 CGP will become effective on February 16, 2017, and replace the current 2012 CGP. Along with the issuance of the 2017 CGP, the electronic Notice of Intent (eNOI) system will be replaced with a new CGP module in the NPDES eReporting Tool (NeT). This new module in NeT is referred to as CGP NeT throughout this communication. Going forward, all electronic submissions for coverage under the 2017 CGP must be submitted to CGP NeT. This communication is to let CGP stakeholders know of the 2017 CGP Notice of Intent (NOI) submission deadlines, how to register for and access the new CGP NeT module, and provide information about upcoming outreach and training opportunities associated with using CGP NeT.
NOI Submission Deadlines
If you are an operator of an existing site (i.e., a site that has 2012 CGP coverage where construction activities commenced prior to February 16, 2017), you will be required to submit a new NOI using CGP NeT no later than May 17, 2017, to be covered under the 2017 CGP.
If you will be an operator of a new site (i.e., a site where construction activities commence on or after February 16, 2017), you will be required to submit a new NOI using CGP NeT at least 14 calendar days before commencing construction activities to be covered under the 2017 CGP.
If you will be a new operator of a permitted site (i.e., an operator that through transfer of ownership and/or operation replaces the operator of an already permitted construction site that is either a “new site” or an “existing site”), you will be required to submit a new NOI using CGP NeT at least 14 calendar days before the date the transfer to the new operator will take place to be covered under the 2017 CGP.
If you will be an operator of an emergency-related project (i.e., a project initiated in response to a public emergency (e.g., mud slides, earthquake, extreme flooding conditions, disruption in essential public services), for which the related work requires immediate authorization to avoid imminent endangerment to human health or the environment, or to reestablish essential public services), you will be required to submit a new NOI using CGP NeT no later than 30 calendar days after commencing construction activities to be covered under the 2017 CGP.
Registration and Access
Like the eNOI system, NeT utilizes the Central Data Exchange (CDX) registration tool. If you already have a CDX account because you obtained coverage under the 2012 CGP using eNOI, then you will just add the NeT: NPDES eReporting Tool program service to your existing CDX account. If you do not have a CDX account, then you will have to register in order to create one. After selecting to add the NeT program service, select the program associated with the EPA NPDES Stormwater Construction General Permit.
Training and Outreach
To introduce and acclimate stakeholders to CGP NeT, EPA will release a quick start brochure, a user guide, and also conduct a series of live webinar trainings. Links to the material will be posted on the CGP website (https://www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater-discharges-construction-activities#overview), the NeT Zendesk site (https://epanet.zendesk.com), and NPDES eReporting website (https://www.epa.gov/compliance/npdes-ereporting) in early February.
The live webinar training sessions will be held for current and future CGP operators on the days and times listed below:
- February 2, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
- February 7, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
- February 9, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
All operators associated with your construction site who seek coverage under the 2017 CGP must submit an NOI and are encouraged to attend. Anyone who currently is or will be responsible for preparing an NOI is also encouraged to attend. These webinars will cover how to register with CDX, submit a NOI, change an NOI, submit a Low Erosivity Waiver (LEW), and submit a Notice of Termination (NOT). Each session is the same so you need only to attend one.
To register for any of these webinar sessions, please visit the NeT CGP support website at https://epanet.zendesk.com and select Training Schedule under the CGP header.
In addition, to make sure all CGP stakeholders have the information needed to ensure a successful switch from eNOI to NeT EPA has created an email subscription service for CGP Stakeholders. To unsubscribe from this service please use the link below. But, all CGP users are encouraged to use this service. If additional stakeholders would like to register for this service, please go to (https://epanet.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/235540967).
Next Steps & Support
Although the eNOI system will be replaced by NeT on February 16, 2017, the eNOI system will not be shut down and limited functionality will be maintained. You will still be able to access eNOI and view any documents you have previously submitted. You will also be able to submit a Notice of Termination. While all new NOIs or LEWs will have to be submitted to CGP NeT, Notices of Termination for NOIs submitted for the 2012 CGP must still be submitted to eNOI. The eNOI system will be available until August 2017 to accommodate the transition period between systems.
EPA wants to assure all CGP stakeholders that we are doing all we can to ensure a smooth transition from eNOI to NeT. This communication serves primarily to notify all CGP stakeholders of this upcoming change. There is no required response or action needed by anyone at this time.
- To learn more about stormwater discharges for construction activities, please visit the EPA web page https://www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater-discharges-construction-activities
- To sign up for email announcements, go to https://epanet.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/235540967
- To register for any of our upcoming webinar sessions, go to https://epanet.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/235540127
- For general information about the NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule, go to https://epa.gov/compliance/npdes-ereporting
The following resources are available for assistance using NeT and CDX:
For assistance using NeT:
- NPDES eReporting Help Desk Toll Free: 1-877-227-8965
- NPDES eReporting Help Desk email: NPDESeReporting@epa.gov
For assistance setting up an account in CDX:
- CDX Help Desk Toll Free: 1-888-890-1995
- CDX Help Desk email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to working with you as we transition to CGP NeT.
NPDES eReporting Team
US Environmental Protection Agency