Best Management Practices (BMP) for Handling Stormwater

In recent years, stormwater management has become extremely important as EPA and other regulating agencies have concluded that storm (rain) water picks up enough contaminants from parking lots and other industrial facilities that it is a major source of pollution to our rivers and oceans.  The problem is so severe that many industrial facilities are being directed to manage their storm water as it leaves their premises.  Auto servicing facilities are not on that list, as yet.  However, municipalities are required to meet pollutant discharge criteria to rivers and oceans and to meet this criteria they are directing auto facilities to minimize the contaminants to the storm sewers.  Auto facilities are hence required to set up programs and training so as to minimize contaminants to the stormwater.

The enclosed document, Best Management Practices (BMP) for stormwater from Vehicle Maintenance Facilities, outlines procedures and training guidelines for management and employees that can help minimize pollutant discharge to the stormwater.  Please copy and circulate the document to all your shop management and staff.  We believe that with the installation of training and procedures outlined in the document, the dealership can attain compliance with the local, state and federal guidelines that require BMP for stormwater management at your facility. 

We further note that if you are constructing a new facility or remodeling an existing facility, the local municipality may require you to actually manage the stormwater, i.e., treat stormwater, prior to discharge to the local storm drain.  The details of such treatment procedures are best handled at the local level.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call Celly Services, Inc. at (562) 704-4000.


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