Clean Water Act Permitting of Pesticide Discharges – What Does It Mean?

Jack Faulk, EPA

In October 2011, EPA issued a final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit (PGP) for point source discharges from the application of pesticides to waters of the United States. What does this mean for you and your golf course?

Jack Faulk of US EPA's Office of Water taught this 90-minute webcast that:

  • provided an overview of the Clean Water Act NPDES permitting requirements for pesticide discharges
  • outlined EPA and State roles in administering these requirements
  • reviewed information on EPA's Pesticide General Permit (PGP) which is applicable in limited geographic areas

Take some time now to understand the implications of the Sixth Circuit Court decision on Clean Water Act NPDES permitting requirements for pesticide discharges to help keep your facility in compliance. Faulk gives a brief glimpse of where to locate resources on the EPA website including how to find contacts for your state.

Original presentation date: Jan. 19, 2012

About the instructor

Jack Faulk is the NPDES Pesticide Permitting team leader at US EPA Headquarters in Washington who has over 25 years’ experience working with EPA water programs. Prior to EPA, Faulk worked for Science Applications International Corporation in Virginia with the majority of his time devoted to supporting EPA programs. For the past two and half years or so, he has focused on developing the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES, pesticide permit program, working with a wide range of stakeholders. Faulk has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and unfortunately for golf superintendents he is a digger rather than a picker on the golf course, but he indicates he does always replace his divots or fill them with sand.


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