By Jeryl L. Olson

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published templates for preparing Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) for construction sites operating under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permits relating to construction activities. The user friendly templates are customizable, and include a sample inspection report template, which is also customizable. While aimed at SWPPPs at construction sites in states where EPA has jurisdiction over stormwater, the templates can be used by construction site owners and operators, developers, and construction contractors anywhere in the U.S., and are generally applicable to industrial sites as well as construction sites. The templates are available on EPA’s website.