The Director, Office of Water, EPA Region 10, proposes to reissue a general National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for offshore oil and gas exploration facilities on the outer continental shelf and contiguous state waters pursuant to the provisions of the Clean Water Act (CWA) 33 U.S.C. 1251 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq. The proposed permit will authorize offshore oil and gas statigraphic test and exploration wells and associated discharges in the Federal and State of Alaska waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The proposed permit establishes effluent limitations, prohibitions, and other conditions on discharges from covered facilities. These conditions are based on existing national effluent guidelines at 40 CFR part 435, the State of Alaska’s water quality standards (18 AAC 70), and the State of Alaska’s wastewater disposal requirements (18 AAC 72). The fact sheet describes the basis for the specific limitations, conditions, and requirements of the proposed permit.
Copies of the proposed general permit and fact sheet are available upon request. Requests may be made to Audrey Washington at (206) 553-0523 or to Kristine Koch at (206) 553-6705. Requests may also be electronically mailed to: koch.Kristine@epa.gov. The proposed general permit and fact sheet may also be found on the EPA Region 10 Web site at www.epa.gov/region10/, click on Water Quality, then click on NPDES permits under Programs, and then click on draft permits under EPA Region 10 Information.