The Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) cites concrete plants as "point sources" for water pollution. In a 2014 blog post for the NPCA, Doug Ruhlin, environmental / sustainability consultant, Resource Management Associates, explains the EPA's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and how it affects your precast operations. According to Ruhlin:
Permits require that plants maintain compliance by establishing a stormwater pollution prevention plan that incorporates best available management practices, so it’s important to understand the process and its strategies.
Maintaining compliance is critical, since failure to do so can mean penalties including significant monetary fines – something that no precast producer can (or should have to) face in today’s challenging and competitive business market.