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National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

Pesticide General Permit (PGP) GAG820000

On October 31, 2011, NPDES permits will be required for pesticide applications in or near waters of the State of Georgia.  In January 2011, EPD’s draft NPDES Pesticide General Permit (PGP) was made available to the public. Since that time, EPD has held stakeholder meetings and has revised the draft permit based on public comment. Georgia’s PGP became effective on October 28, 2011.

The NPDES PGP covers point source pesticide activities that result in a discharge to waters of the State of Georgia.

EPD released the draft PGP for public comment on January 3, 2011. This document is the responses to comments received during the comment period.

The fact sheet summaries the terms and conditions in the proposed general permit. This addendum highlights the changes that were made from the original version of the permit.

This guidance document was developed to help answer some of the frequently asked questions about the PGP and to help operators determine if their pesticide activities will require coverage under the permit.

The NOI is an acknowledgement that the conditions of this general permit apply to the discharge and that the applicant agrees to comply with the applicable conditions of this permit. The NOI form is only for larger pesticide applicators, those that exceed one or more of the annual “treatment area thresholds” contained in the permit.

The NOT is a form that is submitted to terminate coverage under the general permit. This only applies to those applicators that are required to submit a NOI.

ANY operator covered under this permit whose pesticide activity results in an adverse incident must submit this form to EPD.


For questions contact:

Jill Causse or Gigi Steele at (404) 362-2680






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