Water Quality Permitting Process

(last updated 07/24/2014)

The DOGAMI-MLRR Program administers two water quality permits at mine sites, as an authorized agent, on behalf of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

  • WPCF 1000
  • NPDES 1200A

Flow Chart of Water_Permit_Req for Mine Sites

The following questions are designed to help you determine if your mine site needs a water quality permit.

Do I need a WPCF 1000 permit?
  1. Is water used for processing?
    (rock washing, asphalt plant, concrete plant)

        YES... Go to question 2, below.
        NO... Stop here – a WPCF 1000 is not required.

  1. Is the process water likely to affect off-site groundwater?
    (DEQ may require a groundwater assessment to decide)

        YES... DEQ may require an Individual WPCF Permit. Contact us for more information.
        NO... You need to apply for a WPCF 1000 permit (DEQ site) through DOGAMI.

Do I need a NPDES 1200A permit?
  1. Is storm water discharged from the site?
    (storm water is any rain water or snowmelt that has come into contact with the mine area and leaves the site via a point source discharge)

        YES... Go to question 2, below.
        NO... Stop here – a NPDES 1200-A is not required.

  1. Does the site have any unusual characteristics that could affect surface water?
    (such as closeness to sensitive streams, some controversial sites, etc.  DOGAMI and DEQ will review the application and notify the applicant if special conditions exist)

        YES... DEQ may require an Individual NPDES permit. Contact us for more information.
        NO... You need to apply for a NPDES 1200-A permit (DEQ site) through DOGAMI.

If you still are not sure whether or not you need a permit, or which permit you need, contact Vaughn Balzer at vaughn.g.balzer "at" mlrr.oregongeology.com or (541) 967-2082.

General WPCF 1000

A WPCF 1000 permit is required for aggregate mining operations that use water for processing rock (not dust suppression) and that do not discharge storm water or process water off site.  If your operation discharges process water, you need an Individual NPDES or WPCF permit administered by DEQ.

WPCF 1000 Application Requirements

Additional information may be required.

Completed application materials may be emailed to info@mlrr.oregongeology.com.  Send the fee and a paper copy of the application with original signatures via U.S. mail to the MLRR office.

Annual Fees Required
DOGAMI does not collect the annual renewal fee.  DEQ will mail an invoice directly to you; submit your annual payment to DEQ.  The permit is required until coverage is no longer needed.

General NPDES 1200A

A NPDES 1200A permit is required for all aggregate mining operations that discharge storm water off site.  Use of water for processing rock (not dust suppression) is also covered under this permit; however, process water cannot be discharged offsite.  If your mining operation discharges process water, you need an Individual NPDES or WPCF permit administered by DEQ.

NPDES 1200A Application Requirements

Additional information may be required.

Completed application materials may be emailed to info "at" mlrr.oregongeology.com.  Send the fee and a paper copy of the application with original signatures via US mail to the MLRR office.

Annual Fees Required
DOGAMI does not collect the annual renewal fee.  DEQ will mail an invoice directly to you; submit your annual payment to DEQ.  The permit is required until coverage is no longer needed.

Annual Monitoring Required
Visual monitoring and collection of periodic water sampling for laboratory analysis is required.  Forms and instructions can be downloaded in the FORMS section of this page.

Monitoring data are to be submitted to DOGAMI by July 31 every year.

 

MLRR Contact:
Vaughn Balzer
(541) 967-2082
Vaughn.G.Balzer "at" mlrr.oregongeology.com

 

 
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