By Joe Felts - Lead Compliance Manager, Arizona West // 2021-11-15
Many states are lifting covid restrictions and opening businesses to a more “normal” operating procedure. This has affected the regulatory agencies as well. For many months, ADEQ (Arizona Department of Environmental Quality) has conducted virtual stormwater inspections via phone or tablet video conferencing. They have returned to the in-person inspections we are accustomed to. These inspections can greatly differ in scope depending on the inspector. Below are typical items that inspectors can identify if you have not properly prepared for a State stormwater inspection.
SWPPP amendment log – A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan should be updated as the site, personnel, control measures etc. change.
Maps – ADEQ has very specific items needed to be present on the maps. These maps must be updated as site conditions change.
Inspection reports – The inclusion of all inspection reports, rain events and routine inspections, are thoroughly checked by the regulator.
Corrective actions – while these are field items, the inspector carefully checks to see what items were noted, the timetable to correct and how they were corrected. Making sure to note, specifically, how they were corrected, when and by whom is key.
Spill kit – A simple item but can be easily missed. Spill kits can come in all shapes and sizes but if they contain the required materials they will be marked as compliant.
Portable toilets – Diligence is required when ensuring portable toilets are compliant. They are often relocated and must be placed in a compliant area and properly secured.
Perimeter BMP’s – These are usually the first item to be checked by regulators. Make sure whatever BMP is in use is installed properly and in good condition.
Washout pit – The status of a washout area can change quickly. Be aware when they are getting full. Have a plan to remove or replaced before it becomes non-compliant.
These are some of the most common items inspectors check when conducting an onsite inspection. Every inspector prioritizes differently so make sure to understand your sites requirements for compliance. For any guidance, please reach out to us at email@example.com.