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    City of Chattanooga

    The City of Chattanooga has enacted a Stormwater Management Ordinance in order to reduce and minimize pollutants from entering streams from the MS4 drainage system. The City of Chattanooga is the permitting authority for all land disturbing activities and requires the land owner to maintain all on-site stormwater control facilities and all open space areas (e.g. parks or “green” areas) required by the approved stormwater control plan. The City of Chattanooga will only provide construction permits to projects that establish a plan to manage stormwater runoff occurring during the construction process. Stormwater fees will be collected by the City of Chattanooga and businesses can qualify for relief by implementing Best Management Practices on their property. The City of Chattanooga, under the NPDES program, also has the authority to inspect properties for noncompliance and can issue a notice of violation (NOV) for any deficiency or infraction onsite.

    Chattanooga Stormwater Management Ordinance

    Sec. 31-331. - Detection of illicit connections and improper disposal.

    2. The Manager shall take appropriate steps to detect and eliminate improper discharges, including programs to screen for improper disposal and programs to provide for public education, public information, and other appropriate activities to facilitate the proper management and disposal of used oil, toxic materials and household hazardous waste.

    Sec. 31-332. - Inspections.

    2. Upon refusal by any property owner to permit an inspector to enter or continue an inspection, the inspector shall terminate the inspection or confine the inspection to areas concerning which no objection is raised. The inspector shall immediately report the refusal and the grounds to the Manager. The Manager may seek appropriate compulsory process.

    3. In the event the Manager or his designee reasonably believes that discharges from the property into the Chattanooga Stormwater System may cause an imminent and substantial threat to human health or the environment, the inspection may take place at any time and without notice to the owner of the property or a representative on site. The inspector shall present proper credentials upon reasonable request by the owner or representative.

    4. At any time during the conduct of an inspection or at such other times as the Manager or his designee may request information from an owner or representative, the owner or representative may identify areas of its facility or establishment, material or processes which contains or which might reveal a trade secret. If the Manager or his designee has no clear and convincing reason to question such identification, the inspection report shall note that trade secret information has been omitted. To the extent practicable, the Manager shall protect all information which is designated as a trade secret by the owner or their representative.

    Sec. 31-341. - Illicit discharge and illegal dumping.

    1.Sewage dumping or dumping of sewage sludge;

    2. Chlorinated swimming pool discharge;

    3. Discharge of any polluted household wastewater, such as but not limited to laundry washwater and dishwater, except to a sanitary sewer or septic system;

    4. Leaking sanitary sewers and connections, which shall have remained uncorrected for seven (7) days or more;

    5. Leaking water lines shall have remained uncorrected for seven (7) days or more;

    6. Commercial, industrial or public vehicle wash discharge;

    7. Garbage or sanitary waste disposal;

    8. No dead animals or animal fecal waste shall be directly discharged or discarded into the "Community Waters";

    9. No non-stormwater discharges shall be discharged into the "Community Waters," except pursuant to a permit issued by the State of Tennessee or the City of Chattanooga;

    10. No dredged or spoil material shall be directly or indirectly discharged or discarded into "Community Waters";

    11. No solid waste shall be directly or indirectly discharged or discarded into "Community Waters";

    12. No chemical waste shall be directly or indirectly discharged or discarded into "Community Waters";

    13. No wrecked or discarded vehicles or equipment shall be discharged or discarded into "Community Waters."


    Chattanooga Stormwater Management Ordinance

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