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What You Didn’t Realize You Need to Know
Each year, it comes as a shock to one or more towns in Maine that the DEP has regulations concerning snow dumps. Chapter 573, “Snow Dumps: Best Management Practices for Pollution Prevention,” (2012 version) explains the do’s and don'ts of locating and maintaining a snow dump and when a waste discharge license is needed from DEP. Chapter 573 can be found here: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/06/chaps06.htm
A waste discharge license is needed for:
The DEP does not consider incidental discharges from on-site plowing, pushing, or blowing snow, such as bridges or parking lots that abut the water, to be a snow dump that requires a permit. For example, snow entering a river or stream as the result of plowing a bridge does not need a license.
The BIG NO-NO: By law, it is illegal to dump snow directly into fresh surface waters of the state.
The Department will NOT issue a waste discharge license for this activity.
Questions about licensing, siting and maintenance of snow dumps can be directed to DEP’s Bill Hinkel at (207)485-2281, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This page last updated on 4/9/13
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