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NC0000272_Permit (Issuance)_20220401 (3)ROY COOPER Governor ELIZABETH S. BISER Secretary RICHARD E. ROGERS, JR. Director Mr. Wallace McDonald, General Manager Blue Ridge Paper Products, Inc. dba Evergreen Packaging P.O. Box 4000 Canton, North Carolina 28716 Dear Mr. McDonald: NORTH CAROLINA Environmental Quality March 25, 2022 Subject: Final NPDES Permit Permit NC0000272 Canton Mill WWTP Haywood County Facility Grade IV The Division of Water Resources is forwarding herewith the Final Permit for Canton Mill WWTP. This permit is issued pursuant to the requirements of North Carolina General Statute 143-215.1 and the Memorandum of Agreement between North Carolina and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency dated October 15, 2007 (or as subsequently amended). The Final Permit contains the following significant changes from your Draft Permit: 1) The Temperature Limit was changed to the Weekly Average to meet the requirements of the Settlement Agreement. 2) The Chloroform Limits have been reduced to the level implemented in the previous permit. 3) The provision that the facility provides the next BIP study plan to the NCWRCC for comments has been added to the permit. 4) The requirement to conduct fish tissue monitoring during the first effective year of the renewed permit has been added to the permit. The Final Permit maintains the following significant changes contained in the Draft Permit: 1) Section A. (8.) Requirements for Color Analysis and Compliance Special Condition of the permit has been updated. 2) Section A. (9.) Dioxin Monitoring Special Condition has been updated and the number of the fish tissue sampling analysis has been reduced. 3) Section A. (12.) Clean Water Act Section 316(a) Thermal Variance has been updated. 4) Section A. (14.) Mixing Zone has been added to the permit. LD_EQ wor�r C OIJ n oeo.m.m a rmaa.omm o�. W,� North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality I Division of Water Resources 512 North Salisbury Street 11611 Mail Service Center 1 Raleigh. North Carolina 27699-1611 919.707.9000 5) The flow limit has been increased to 34.0 MGD to account for increased water usage resulting from the installation of two new wet scrubbers on coal fires boilers for boiler MACT compliance and change in operation of the Riley Bark boiler for SO2 control. 6) The Color Variance is terminated and a new instream color compliance requirement has been added to the permit to replace the Color Variance, please see Footnote #16 (Part I Section A. (1.)). 7) Chloroform limits have been recalculated to reflect the current production level (Internal Outfall 002 and Internal Outfall 003). 8) AOX (adsorbable organic halides) limits have been recalculated to reflect the current production level (Outfall 001). The calculation indicated the need to increase the limits. However, the current limits were kept to provide an additional protection for the receiving stream. 9) Pentachlorophenol and trichlorophenol limits have been recalculated to reflect the current production level (Outfall 001). The calculation indicated the need to increase the limits. However, the current limits were kept to provide an additional protection for the receiving stream. 10) TSS (total suspended solids) limits have been recalculated to reflect the current production level (Outfall 001). The calculation indicated the need to increase the limits. However, the current limits were kept to provide an additional protection for the receiving stream. 11) Federal regulations require electronic submittal of all discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) and program reports. The final NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule was adopted and became effective on December 21, 2015. The requirement to begin reporting discharge monitoring data electronically using the NC DWR's Electronic Discharge Monitoring Report (eDMR) internet application has been added to your final NPDES permit. [See Special Condition A. (13)] For information on eDMR, registering for eDMR and obtaining an eDMR user account, please visit the following web page: http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water- resources /edmr For more information on EPA's final NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule, please visit the following web site: https: / /www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015 / 10 /22/2015-24954/national-pollutant- discharge-elimination-system-npdes-electronic-reporting-rule If any parts, measurement frequencies, or sampling requirements contained in this permit are unacceptable to you, you have the right to an adjudicatory hearing upon written request within thirty (30) days following receipt of this letter. This request must be in the form of a written petition, conforming to Chapter 150B of the North Carolina General Statutes, and filed with the office of Administrative Hearings, 6714 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-6714. Unless such a demand is made, this permit shall be final and binding. Please note that this permit is not transferable except after notice to the Division. The Division may require modification or revocation and reissuance of the permit. This permit does not affect the legal requirements to obtain other permits which may be required by the Division of Water Resources or any other Federal, State, or Local governmental regulations. £D_EQ�l(IHiH CPHOI IM1A North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality 1 Division of Water Resources 512 North Salisbury Street 11611 Mail Service Center I Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1611 919.707.9000 If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Sergei Chernikov, telephone number (919) 707-3606 or email: sergei.chernikov@ncdenr.gov. cc: Central Files NPDES Files Asheville Regional Office/Water Quality WSS/Aquatic Toxicology Unit (e-copy) EPA Region W (e-copy) D_E NORTH C�AROLINA �/ Department 1&WoomeraM Ousety� /— Sincerely= f✓, Richard. E. Rogers, Jr., Directpi Division of Water Resources North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality I Division of Water Resources 512 North Salisbury Street 11611 Mail Service Center I Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1611 919.707.9000 Blank Page Permit Number: NC0000272 STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES PERMIT TO DISCHARGE WASTEWATER UNDER THE NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM In compliance with the provision of North Carolina General Statute 143-215.1, other lawful standards and regulations promulgated and adopted by the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended, Blue Ridge Paper Products LLC. d/b/a Evergreen Packaging is hereby authorized to discharge wastewater from a facility located at Blue Ridge Paper Products Wastewater Treatment Plant Off Highway 215 Canton Haywood County to receiving waters designated as the Pigeon River in the French Broad River Basin in accordance with effluent limitations, monitoring requirements, and other applicable conditions set forth in Parts I, II, and III hereof. This permit shall become effective May 1, 2022. This permit and authorization to discharge shall expire at midnight on April 30, 2027. Signed this day March 25, 2022. Richard E. Rogers, Jr., Director Division of Water Resources By Authority of the Environmental Management Commission Page 2 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 SUPPLEMENT TO PERMIT COVER SHEET All previous NPDES Permits issued to this facility, whether for operation or discharge are hereby revoked. As of this permit issuance, any previously issued permit bearing this number is no longer effective. Therefore, the exclusive authority to operate and discharge from this facility arises under the permit conditions, requirements, terms, and provisions included herein. Blue Ridge Paper Products LLC. d/b/a Evergreen Packaging is hereby authorized to: 1. Continue operation of a 34.0 MGD wastewater treatment plant for the treatment of wastewater associated with the Blue Ridge Paper Products Inc. pulp and paper mill, the Town of Canton's chlorinated domestic wastewater and landfill leachate. The treatment system consists of the following treatment units: • Grit Chamber • Bar Screen • Lift Pumps • Polymer addition • pH control ( CO2 injection or H2SO4 backup) • Three primary clarifiers • Nutrient Feed • Aeration basins • Three secondary clarifiers • Residual belt presses • Effluent flow measurement • Cascade post aeration with oxygen injection • Instream oxygen injection facilities The facility is located at the Blue Ridge Paper Products WWTP, off Highway 215, Canton, Haywood County, and; 2. Discharge treated wastewater from said treatment works at the location specified on the attached map through outfall 001 into the Pigeon River, which is classified C water, in the French Broad River Basin. Page 3 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 Part I A. (1.) EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS AND MONITORING REQUIREMENTS Grade IV Biological Water Pollution Control System [15A NCAC 02B.0400 et seq., 02B.0500 et seq.] During the period beginning on the effective date of the permit and lasting until expiration, the Permittee is authorized to discharge treated industrial, municipal, stormwater and landfill wastewater through outfall(s) 001. Such discharges shall be limited and monitored15 by the Permittee as specified below: Effluent Characteristics Limits Monitoring Requirements Monthly Average Daily Maximum Measurement Frequency Sample Type Sample Location' Flow 34.0 MGD Continuous Recording I or Ei BOD, 5-day, 20°C 3,205 lb/day 10,897 lb/day Daily Composite I, Ei Total Suspended Solids 12,5491b/day 49,560 lb/day Daily Composite I, Ei NH3-N Daily Composite E1 AOX2 1,556.9 Ib/day 2,822.21b/day Weekly Composite E1 Color' 52,000 Ib/day 105,250 lb/day Daily Composite Ei Dissolved Oxygen, mg/L Daily Grab E1 Temperatures, °C Daily Grab Ei pH6 Daily Grab Ei Conductivity, µmho/cm Daily Grab E1 Fecal Colt form 200/100 mL 400/100 mL Weekly Grab E1 COD, mg/L Weekly Composite Ei Total Nitrogen (NO2-N + NO3-N + TKN), mg/L Monthly Composite Et Total Phosphorus, mg/L Monthly Composite E1 Chronic Toxicity Quarterly Composite E1 Trichlorophenol8 30.61b/day Quarterly Composite Ei Pentachlorophenol8 4.9 Ib/day Quarterly Composite Ei Selenium, µg/L Annual Composite Ei 2,3,7,8 Tetrachloro-dibenzo- p-dioxin9 0.04 pg/L 0.06 pg/L Annual Composite I, Ei Conductivity10 Daily Grab Pigeon River FIow10, cfs Daily Grab Pigeon River Fecal Coliform10 Weekly Grab Pigeon River Color10'16, mg/L Variable Grab Pigeon River Dissolved Oxygen10, mg/L Variable Grab Pigeon River Temperature 1a ", °C Variable Grab Pigeon River Total Zinc12, µg/L Quarterly Composite Ei Total Copper, µg/L Quarterly Composite Ei Total Hardness13, mg/L Quarterly Composite Ei Total Hardness 14, mg/L Quarterly Grab Pigeon River Footnotes: 1. Sample Location: I- Influent, El — Effluent, Pigeon River - Instream sampling as specified in A. (5.) Instream Monitoring Special Condition. 2. AOX monitoring shall be in accordance with the Sampling Plan for Cluster Rule Parameters (dated March 19, 2001) or subsequent modifications approved by the Division. AOX data shall be submitted on a quarterly basis along with other Effluent Guideline chemical data; refer to A. (7.) Effluent Guideline Sampling Plan Special Condition. Page 4 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 3. Annual average color limit is 36,0001b/day. See A. (8.) Color Analysis and Compliance Special Condition. All color limits are measured as true color. 4. The daily average effluent dissolved oxygen concentration shall not be less than 6.0 mg/L. See A. (10.) Dissolved Oxygen Special Condition. 5. The permittee shall report daily and monthly average effluent temperature. 6. The pH of the effluent shall not be less than 6.0 nor greater than 9.0 (on the standard units scale). 7. Chronic Toxicity (Ceriodaphnia) at 90% Effluent Concentration: March, June, September, December (see A. (4.) Chronic Toxicity Permit Limit (Quarterly)). 8. Trichlorophenol and Pentachlorophenol limits and monitoring are provisionally waived since the facility has certified that chlorophenolic biocides are not used at this facility. If the facility changes operations to include chlorophenolic biocide, the Permittee shall notified the Division prior to use and the limits and monitoring requirements shall become immediately effective. 9. See A. (9.) Dioxin Monitoring Special Condition. 10. See A. (5.) Instream Monitoring Special Condition. 11. The weekly average instream temperature measured at a point 0.4 miles downstream of the discharge location shall not exceed 32°C during the months of July, August, and September and shall not exceed 29 °C during the months of October through June. The monthly average instream temperature measured at this location shall not exceed the weekly average instream temperature of the upstream monitoring location by more than 8.5°C. This value can be adjusted based on the results of thermal modeling [See Special Condition A. (12.) Clean Water Act Section 316(a) Thermal Variance. 12. Monitoring should be conducted in conjunction with Whole Effluent Toxicity Testing. 13. Monitoring should be conducted in conjunction with zinc and copper monitoring. 14. Monitoring shall be conducted upstream of the discharge (mile marker 63.8). 15. The permittee shall submit Discharge Monitoring Reports electronically using NC DWR's eDMR application system. Please See Special Condition A. (13.). 16. The facility shall report monthly average true color concentration and the difference between monthly average true color concentration between UP and DN I (A Color). The facility shall meet the A Color of 50 PCU when the Pigeon River flow at Canton is equal or above Monthly 30Q2 of 129 cfs. Samples taken when the river flow at Canton is less than 129 cfs will not be included in the average for that month. There shall be no discharge of floating solids or visible foam in other than trace amounts. See A. (6.) Best Management Practices (BMP) Special Condition. See A. (11.) Town of Canton Inflow and Infiltration Special Condition. Definitions: MGD — Million gallons per day mL — Milliliter µg/L - Micrograms per liter COD - Chemical oxygen demand PCU — Platinum Cobalt Units lb/day — Pounds per day BOD — Biochemical Oxygen Demand AOX - Adsorbable Organic Halides pg/L - picograms per liter Page 5 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 A. (2.) EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS AND MONITORING REQUIREMENTS Grade IV Biological Water Pollution Control System [15A NCAC 02B.0400 et seq., 02B.0500 et seq.] During the period beginning upon the effective date of the permit and lasting until expiration, the discharge of wastewater from the pine bleach plant to the wastewater treatment plant through internal outfall(s) 002 (E21), shall be limited and monitored' by the Permittee as specified below and in A. ("/.)Effluent Guideline Sampling Plan Special Condition: Effluent Characteristics Limits Monitoring Requirements' Monthly Average Daily Maximum Measurement Frequency Sample Type3 Sample Location' Flow2, MGD Weekly Calculated E2 Chloroform' 5.11b/day 8.61b/day Quarterly Grab E2 2,3,7,8 Tetrachloro-dibenzo- p-dioxin (TCDD) < 10 pg/L Annual Composite E2 2,3,7,8 Tetrachloro-dibenzo- p-furan (TCDF) 31.9 pg/L Annual Composite E2 Trichlorosyringol < 2.5 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E2 3,4,5-Trichlorocatechol < 5.0 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E2 3,4,6-Trichlorocatechol < 5.0 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E2 3,4,5-Trichloroguaiacol < 2.5 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E2 3,4,6-Trichloroguaiacol < 2.5 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E2 4,5,6-Trichloroguaiacol < 2.5 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E2 2,4,5-Trichlorophenol < 2.5 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E2 2,4,6-Trichlorophenol < 2.5 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E2 Tetrachlorocatechol < 5.0 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E2 Tetrachloroguaiacol < 5.0 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E2 2,3,4,6-Tetrachlorophenol < 2.5 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E2 Pentachlorophenol < 5.0 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E2 Footnotes: 1. Sample Location: E2 — Effluent is composed of Bleach Plant Effluent -acid (acid sewer collected from tap installed on filtrate pump from C102 bleaching stage D-100 and from tap installed on filtrate pump from C102 bleaching stage D-2) and Bleach Plant Effluent -alkaline (alkaline sewer collected from tap installed on filtrate pump from alkaline extraction stage E.). See A. (7.) Effluent Guideline Sampling Plan Special Condition 2. Monitoring and flow calculations shall be in accordance with the "Sampling Plan for Cluster Rule Parameters" (dated March 19, 2001) or subsequent modifications approved by the Division. Chemical results for Effluent Guideline parameters as prepared by the permittee (Internal Outfall 002 parameters +internal Outfall 003 parameters + AOX from Outfall 001) shall be reported on a quarterly basis or more frequently; refer to A. (7.) Effluent Guideline Sampling Plan Special Condition. 3. Sample Type: Calculated- calculate separate flows for alkaline and acid sewers by water balance or flow meters, and report total bleach plant flow (acid + alkaline waste streams) in DMRs. Grab- collect separate grab samples every 4-hours for 24-hour period from both the acid and alkaline streams, which will then be composited separately by the lab, and analyzed as separate 24-hr composite acid and alkaline samples. Composite- collect separate grab samples every 4 hours for 24-hour period from both the acid and alkaline streams, then prepare and analyze a single flow -proportioned composite of the acid and alkaline waste stream. 4. For compliance purposes, the permittee must report the total chloroform mass loading based on addition of separate acid and alkaline chloroform mass loadings. 5. Limits are based on Minimum Levels (ML) specified in 40 CFR 430.01. 6. The permittee shall submit Discharge Monitoring Reports electronically using NC DWR's eDMR application system. Please See Special Condition A. (13.). Page 6 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 Definitions: lb/day — Pounds per day pg/L — Picograms per liter µg/L — Micrograms per liter Page 7 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 A. (3.) EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS AND MONITORING REQUIREMENTS Grade IV Biological Water Pollution Control System [15A NCAC 02B.0400 et seq., 02B.0500 et seq.] During the period beginning upon the effective date of the permit and lasting until expiration, the discharge of wastewater from the hardwood bleach plant to the wastewater treatment plant through internal outfall(s) 003 (E31), shall be limited and monitored6 by the Permittee as specified below and in A. (7.) Effluent Guideline Sampling Plan Special Condition: Effluent Characteristics Limits Monitoring Requirements2 Monthly Average Daily Maximum Measurement Frequency Sample Type3 Sample Location Flow', MGD Weekly Calculated E3 Chloroform' 7.491b/day 12.5 lb/day Quarterly Grab E3 2,3,7,8 Tetrachloro-dibenzo- p-dioxin (TCDD) < 10 pg/L Annual Composite E3 2,3,7,8 Tetrachloro-dibenzo- p-furan (TCDF) 31.9 pg/L Annual Composite E3 Trichlorosyringol < 2.5 1.1g/L5 Quarterly Composite E3 3,4,5-Trichlorocatechol < 5.0 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E3 3,4,6-Trichlorocatechol < 5.0 1.tg/L5 Quarterly Composite E3 3,4,5-Trichloroguaiacol < 2.5 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E3 3,4,6-Trichloroguaiacol < 2.5 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E3 4,5,6-Trichloroguaiacol < 2.5 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E3 2,4,5-Trichlorophenol < 2.5 pg/L5 Quarterly Composite E3 2,4,6-Trichlorophenol < 2.5 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E3 Tetrachlorocatechol < 5.0 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E3 Tetrachloroguaiacol < 5.0 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E3 2,3,4,6-Tetrachlorophenol < 2.5 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E3 Pentachlorophenol < 5.0 µg/L5 Quarterly Composite E3 Footnotes: 1. Sample Location: E3 — Effluent is composed of Bleach Plant Effluent -acid (acid sewer collected from tap installed on filtrate pump from C102 bleaching stage D-100) and Bleach Plant Effluent -alkaline (alkaline sewer collected from tap installed on filtrate pump from alkaline extraction stage E.). See A. (7.) Effluent Guideline Sampling Plan Special Condition. 2. Monitoring and flow calculations shall be in accordance with the "Sampling Plan for Cluster Rule Parameters" (dated March 19, 2001) or subsequent modifications approved by the Division. Chemical results for Effluent Guideline parameters, as prepared by the permittee (Internal Outfall 002 parameters + internal Outfall 003 parameters + AOX from Outfall 001) shall be reported on a quarterly basis or more frequently; refer to A. (7.) Effluent Guideline Sampling Plan Special Condition. 3. Sample Type: Calculated- calculate separate flows for alkaline and acid sewers by water balance or by flow meter, and report total bleach plant flow (acid + alkaline waste streams) in DMRs. Grab- collect separate grab samples every 4-hours for 24-hour period from both the acid and alkaline streams, which will then be composited separately by the lab, and analyzed as separate 24-hr composite acid and alkaline samples. Composite- collect separate grab samples every 4 hours for 24-hour period from both the acid and alkaline streams, then prepare and analyze a single flow -proportioned composite of the acid and alkaline waste stream. 4. For compliance purposes, the permittee must report the total chloroform mass loading based on addition of separate acid and alkaline chloroform mass loadings. 5. Limits are based on Minimum Levels (ML) specified in 40 CFR 430.01. 6. The permittee shall submit Discharge Monitoring Reports electronically using NC DWR's eDMR application system. Please See Special Condition A. (13.). Page 8 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 Definitions: lb/day — Pounds per day pg/L — Picograms per liter µg/L — Micrograms per liter Page 9 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 A. (4.) CHRONIC TOXICITY PERMIT LIMIT (QRTRLY) [15A NCAC 02B.0200 et seq.] The effluent discharge shall at no time exhibit observable inhibition of reproduction or significant mortality to Ceriodaphnia dubia at an effluent concentration of 90%. The permit holder shall perform at a minimum, quarterly monitoring using test procedures outlined in the "North Carolina Ceriodaphnia Chronic Effluent Bioassay Procedure," Revised December 2010, or subsequent versions or "North Carolina Phase II Chronic Whole Effluent Toxicity Test Procedure" (Revised- December 2010) or subsequent versions. The tests will be performed during the months of March, June, September, December. Effluent sampling for this testing must be obtained during representative effluent discharge and shall be performed at the NPDES permitted final effluent discharge below all treatment processes. If the quarterly test procedure results in a failure or ChV below the permit limit, then multiple -concentration testing shall be performed at a minimum, in each of the two following months as described in "North Carolina Phase H Chronic Whole Effluent Toxicity Test Procedure" (Revised -December 2010) or subsequent versions. All toxicity testing results required as part of this permit condition will be entered on the Effluent Discharge Monitoring Form (MR-1) for the months in which tests were performed, using the parameter code TGP3B for the pass/fail results and THP3B for the Chronic Value. Additionally, DWR Form AT-3 (original) is to be sent to the following address: Attention: North Carolina Division of Water Resources Water Sciences Section/Aquatic Toxicology Branch 1621 Mail Service Center Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1621 Or, results can be sent to the email, ATForms.ATBna,ncdenr.gov. Completed Aquatic Toxicity Test Forms shall be filed with the Water Sciences Section no later than 30 days after the end of the reporting period for which the report is made. Test data shall be complete, accurate, include all supporting chemical/physical measurements and all concentration/response data, and be certified by laboratory supervisor and ORC or approved designate signature. Total residual chlorine of the effluent toxicity sample must be measured and reported if chlorine is employed for disinfection of the waste stream. Should there be no discharge of flow from the facility during a month in which toxicity monitoring is required, the permittee will complete the information located at the top of the aquatic toxicity (AT) test form indicating the facility name, permit number, pipe number, county, and the month/year of the report with the notation of "No Flow" in the comment area of the form. The report shall be submitted to the Water Sciences Section at the address cited above. Should the permittee fail to monitor during a month in which toxicity monitoring is required, monitoring will be required during the following month. Assessment of toxicity compliance is based on the toxicity testing month. Should any test data from this monitoring requirement or tests performed by the North Carolina Division of Water Resources indicate potential impacts to the receiving stream, this permit may be re -opened and modified to include alternate monitoring requirements or limits. NOTE: Failure to achieve test conditions as specified in the cited document, such as minimum control organism survival, minimum control organism reproduction, and appropriate environmental controls, shall constitute an invalid test and will require immediate follow-up testing to be completed no later than the last day of the month following the month of the initial monitoring. Page 10 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 A. (5.) INSTREAM MONITORING SPECIAL CONDITION [15A NCAC 02B.0500 ET SEQ.] Stream Mile Designation Marker Location Description Parameter Frequency UP 63.8 Pigeon River upstream of the Temperature Daily waste treatment plant outfall D.O. Daily (prior to mixing with the Conductivity Daily discharge) Color' 2/Week Flow2 Daily Fecal Coliform Weekly DNi 62.9 Pigeon River at Fiberville Bridge Temperature Daily D.O. Daily Conductivity Daily Color' 2/Week DN23 57.7 Pigeon River Above Clyde Temperature Daily D.O. Daily DN33 55.5 Pigeon River Below Clyde See Footnote 3 See Footnote 3 DN43 53.5 Pigeon River at NCSR 1625 See Footnote 3 See Footnote 3 bridge DNS DN6 BC DN7 42.6 Pigeon River at Hepco Temperature Weekly D.O. Weekly Color' Weekly Flow2 Daily 26.0 Pigeon River prior to mixing with Color' Weekly Big Creek 26.0 Mouth of Big Creek prior to Color' Weekly mixing with the Pigeon River 24.7 Pigeon River at Browns Bridge Temperature Weekly (- NC/TN State Line) D.O. Weekly Color' Weekly All instream samples shall be grab samples. The permittee shall submit Discharge Monitoring Reports electronically using NC DWR's eDMR application system. Please See Special Condition A. (13.). Footnotes: 1. Color (See A. (8.) Color Analysis and Compliance Special Condition). All instream samples collected shall be representative of the Pigeon River and Big Creek, respectively. Both true and apparent color shall be monitored using the methods specified in A. (8.) Color Analysis and Compliance Special Condition. Samples shall be collected at stations DN6, BC, and DN7 only when at least one generator at Progress Energy is in operation and releasing water to the Pigeon River. Samples collected at DN1 shall be collected from the middle or midpoint of the transect of the Pigeon River. 2. Flow monitoring is necessary, as specified above for the True Color calculation. 3. Dissolved Oxygen. The average daily dissolved oxygen concentration measured at River Mile 62.9 (DN1), and 57.7 (DN2), shall not be less than 5.0 mg/L and the instantaneous minimum dissolved oxygen concentration shall not be less than 4.0 mg/L (See A. (10.) Dissolved Oxygen Special Condition). If the dissolved oxygen drops below 5.0 mg/L at station 57.7 then monitoring shall be required at stations 55.5 (DN3) and 53.5 (DN4). Page 11 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 A. (6.) BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES (BMP) SPECIAL CONDITION [NCGS 143-215.1] The permittee must implement the BMPs specified below. The primary BMP objective is to prevent leaks and spills of spent pulping liquors, soap, and turpentine. A secondary objective is to contain, collect, and recover at the immediate process area, or otherwise control, those leaks, spills, and intentional diversions of spent pulping liquor, soap, and turpentine that do occur. BMPs must be developed according to best engineering practices and must be implemented in a manner that takes into account the specific circumstances at the mill. Section A. BMP Implementation Requirements 1. The permittee must return spilled or diverted spent pulping liquors, soap, and turpentine to the process to the maximum extent practicable as determined by the mill, recover such materials outside the process, or discharge spilled or diverted material at a rate that does not disrupt the receiving wastewater treatment system. 2. The permittee must maintain a program to identify and repair leaking equipment items. This program must include: (i) Regular daily visual inspections of process area with equipment items in spent pulping liquor, soap, and turpentine service; (ii) Immediate repair of leaking equipment items, when possible. Leaking equipment items that cannot be repaired during normal operations must be identified, temporary means for mitigating the leaks must be provided, and the leaking equipment items repaired during the next maintenance outage; (iii) Identification of conditions under which production will be curtailed or halted to repair leaking equipment items or to prevent pulping liquor, soap, and turpentine leaks and spills; and (iv) A means for tracking repairs over time to identify those equipment items where upgrade or replacement may be warranted based on frequency and severity of leaks, spills, or failures. 3. The permittee must operate continuous, automatic monitoring systems that the mill determines are necessary to detect and control leaks, spills, and intentional diversions of spent pulping liquor, soap, and turpentine. These monitoring systems should be integrated with the mill process control system and may include, e.g., high level monitors and alarms on storage tanks; process area conductivity (or pH) monitors and alarms; and process area sewer, process wastewater, and wastewater treatment plant conductivity (or pH) monitors and alarms. 4. The permittee must maintain a program of initial and refresher training of operators, maintenance personnel, and other technical and supervisory personnel who have responsibility for operating, maintaining, or supervising the operation and maintenance of equipment items in spent pulping liquor, soap, and turpentine service. The refresher training must be conducted at least annually and the training program must be documented. 5. The permittee must prepare a brief report that evaluates each spill of spent pulping liquor, soap, or turpentine that is not contained at the immediate process area and any intentional diversion of spent pulping liquor, soap, or turpentine that is not contained at the immediate process area. The report must describe the equipment items involved, the circumstances leading to the incident, the effectiveness of the corrective actions taken to contain and recover the spill or intentional diversion, and plans to develop changes to equipment and operating and maintenance practices as necessary to prevent recurrence. Discussion of the reports must be included as part of the annual refresher training. 6. The permittee must maintain a program to review any planned modifications to the pulping and chemical recovery facilities and any construction activities in the pulping and chemical recovery areas before these activities commence. The purpose of such review is to prevent leaks and spills of spent pulping liquor, soap, and turpentine during the planned modifications, and to ensure that construction and supervisory personnel are aware of possible liquor diversions and of the requirement to prevent leaks and spills of spent pulping liquors, soap, and turpentine during construction. 7. The permittee must install and maintain secondary containment (i.e., containment constructed of materials impervious to pulping liquors) for spent pulping liquor bulk storage tanks equivalent to the Page 12 of 21 Permit Number: NCOOOO272 volume of the largest tank plus sufficient freeboard for precipitation. An annual tank integrity testing program, if coupled with other containment or diversion structures, may be substituted for secondary containment for spent pulping liquor bulk storage tanks. 8. The permittee must install and maintain secondary containment for turpentine bulk storage tanks. 9. The permittee must install and maintain curbing, diking or other means of isolating soap and turpentine processing and loading areas from the wastewater treatment facilities. 10. The permittee must conduct wastewater monitoring to detect leaks and spills, to track the effectiveness of the BMPs, and to detect trends in spent pulping liquor losses. Such monitoring must be performed in accordance with Section E. Section B. BMP Plan Requirements 1. The permittee must maintain and implement a BMP Plan. The BMP Plan must be based on a detailed engineering review as described in this section. The BMP Plan must specify the procedures and the practices required for the mill to meet the requirements of Section A, the construction the mill determines is necessary to meet those requirements including a schedule for such construction, and the monitoring program (including the statistically derived action levels) that will be used to meet the requirements of Section E. The BMP Plan also must specify the period of time that the mill determines the action levels established under Section D may be exceeded without triggering the responses specified in Section E. 2. The permittee must conduct a detailed engineering review of the pulping and chemical recovery operations --including but not limited to process equipment, storage tanks, pipelines and pumping systems, loading and unloading facilities, and other appurtenant pulping and chemical recovery equipment items in spent pulping liquor, soap, and turpentine service --for the purpose of determining the magnitude and routing of potential leaks, spills, and intentional diversions of spent pulping liquors, soap, and turpentine during the following periods of operation: (i) Process start-ups and shut downs; (ii) Maintenance; (iii) Production grade changes; (iv) Storm or other weather events; (v) Power failures; and (vi) Normal operations. 3. As part of the engineering review, the permittee must determine whether existing spent pulping liquor containment facilities are of adequate capacity for collection and storage of anticipated intentional liquor diversions with sufficient contingency for collection and containment of spills. The engineering review must also consider: (i) The need for continuous, automatic monitoring systems to detect and control leaks and spills of spent pulping liquor, soap, and turpentine; (ii) The need for process wastewater diversion facilities to protect end -of -pipe wastewater treatment facilities from adverse effects of spills and diversions of spent pulping liquors, soap, and turpentine; (iii) The potential for contamination of storm water from the immediate process areas; and (iv) The extent to which segregation and/or collection and treatment of contaminated storm water from the immediate process areas is appropriate. 4. The permittee must amend its BMP Plan whenever there is a change in mill design, construction, operation, or maintenance that materially affects the potential for leaks or spills of spent pulping liquor, turpentine, or soap from the immediate process areas. 5. The permittee must complete a review and evaluation of the BMP Plan five years after the first BMP Plan is prepared and, except as provided in Section B.4., once every five years thereafter. As a result of this review and evaluation, the permittee must amend the BMP Plan within three months of the review if the mill determines that any new or modified management practices and engineered controls are necessary to reduce significantly the likelihood of spent pulping liquor, soap, and turpentine leaks, spills, or intentional diversions from the immediate process areas, including a schedule for implementation of such practices and controls. 6. The BMP Plan, and any amendments thereto, must be reviewed by the senior technical manager at the mill and approved and signed by the mill manager. Any person signing the BMP Plan or its amendments must certify to the Division under penalty of law that the BMP Plan (or its amendments) has been prepared in accordance with good engineering practices and in accordance with this Page 13 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 regulation. The permittee is not required to obtain approval from the Division of the BMP Plan or any amendments thereto. Section C. BMP Recordkeeping Requirements 1. The permittee must maintain on its premises a complete copy of the current BMP Plan and the records specified in Section C.2 and must make such BMP Plan and records available to the Division for review upon request. 2. The permittee must maintain the following records for three years from the date they are created: (i) Records tracking the repairs performed in accordance with the repair program described in Section A; (ii) Records of initial and refresher training conducted in accordance with Section A; (iii) Reports prepared in accordance with Section A; and (iv) Records of monitoring required by Sections A and E. Section D. Establishment of Wastewater Treatment System Influent Action Levels 1. The permittee must conduct a monitoring program per Section D.2, for the purpose of defining wastewater treatment system influent characteristics (or action levels), described in Section D.3, that will trigger requirements to initiate investigations on BMP effectiveness and to take corrective action. 2. The permittee must employ the following procedures in order to develop the action levels required by Section D: • Monitoring parameters. The permittee must collect 24-hour composite samples and analyze the samples for a measure of organic content (e.g., Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) or Total Organic Carbon (TOC)). Alternatively, the mill may use a measure related to spent pulping liquor losses measured continuously and averaged over 24 hours (e.g., specific conductivity or color). • Monitoring locations. The permittee must conduct monitoring at the point influent enters the wastewater treatment system. For the purposes of this requirement, the permittee may select alternate monitoring point(s) in order to isolate possible sources of spent pulping liquor, soap, or turpentine from other possible sources of organic wastewaters that are tributary to the wastewater treatment facilities (e.g., bleach plants, paper machines and secondary fiber operations). 3. The permittee must maintain an influent action levels monitoring program using the procedures specified in Section D and must maintain action levels based on the results of that program. A wastewater treatment influent action level is a statistically determined pollutant loading determined by a statistical analysis of six months of daily measurements. The action levels must consist of a lower action level, which if exceeded will trigger the investigation requirements described in Section E, and an upper action level, which if exceeded will trigger the corrective action requirements described in Section E. 4. The permittee must complete a second six-month monitoring program using the procedures specified in Section D and must establish revised action levels based on the results of that program. The initial action levels shall remain in effect until replaced by revised action levels based on Section D5 requirements. 5. Action levels developed under this Section must be revised using six months of monitoring data after any change in mill design, construction, operation, or maintenance that materially affects the potential for leaks or spills of spent pulping liquor, soap, or turpentine from the immediate process areas. Section E. BMP Monitoring, Corrective Action, and Reporting Requirements 1. The permittee must conduct daily monitoring of the influent to the wastewater treatment system in accordance with the procedures described in Section D for the purpose of detecting leaks and spills, tracking the effectiveness of the BMPs, and detecting trends in spent pulping liquor losses. Page 14 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 2. Whenever monitoring results exceed the lower action level for the period of time specified in the BMP Plan, the permittee must conduct an investigation to determine the cause of such exceedance. Whenever monitoring results exceed the upper action level for the period of time specified in the BMP Plan, the permittee must complete corrective action to bring the wastewater treatment system influent mass loading below the lower action level as soon as practicable. 3. Although exceedances of the action levels will not constitute violations of an NPDES permit, failure to take the actions required by Section E.2 as soon as practicable will be a permit violation. 4. The permittee must report to the Division the results of the daily monitoring conducted pursuant to Section E.1. Such reports must include a summary of the monitoring results, the number and dates of exceedances of the applicable action levels, and brief descriptions of any corrective actions taken to respond to such exceedances. Submission of such reports shall be annually, by March 31 St of the following year. Section F. BMP Definitions 1. Action Level: A daily pollutant loading that when exceeded triggers investigative or corrective action. Mills determine action levels by a statistical analysis of six months of daily measurements collected at the mill. For example, the lower action level may be the 75th percentile of the running seven-day averages (that value exceeded by 25 percent of the running seven-day averages) and the upper action level may be the 90th percentile of the running seven-day averages (that value exceeded by 10 percent of the running seven-day averages). 2. Division: North Carolina DENR, Division of Water Resources, 1617 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1617. 3. Equipment Items in Spent Pulping Liquor, Soap, and Turpentine Service: Any process vessel, storage tank, pumping system, evaporator, heat exchanger, recovery furnace or boiler, pipeline, valve, fitting, or other device that contains, processes, transports, or comes into contact with spent pulping liquor, soap, or turpentine. Sometimes referred to as "equipment items." 4. Immediate Process Area: The location at the mill where pulping, screening, knotting, pulp washing, pulping liquor concentration, pulping liquor processing, and chemical recovery facilities are located, generally the battery limits of the aforementioned processes. "Immediate process area" includes spent pulping liquor storage and spill control tanks located at the mill, whether or not they are located in the immediate process area. 5. Intentional Diversion: The planned removal of spent pulping liquor, soap, or turpentine from equipment items in spent pulping liquor, soap, or turpentine service by the mill for any purpose including, but not limited to, maintenance, grade changes, or process shutdowns. 6. Mill: The owner or operator of a direct or indirect discharging pulp, paper, or paperboard manufacturing facility subject to this section. 7. Senior Technical Manager: The person designated by the mill manager to review the BMP Plan. The senior technical manager shall be the chief engineer at the mill, the manager of pulping and chemical recovery operations, or other such responsible person designated by the mill manager who has knowledge of and responsibility for pulping and chemical recovery operations. 8. Soap: The product of reaction between the alkali in Kraft pulping liquor and fatty acid portions of the wood, which precipitate out when water is evaporated from the spent pulping liquor. 9. Spent Pulping Liquor: For Kraft and soda mills "spent pulping liquor" means black liquor that is used, generated, stored, or processed at any point in the pulping and chemical recovery processes. 10. Turpentine: A mixture of terpenes, principally pinene, obtained by the steam distillation of pine gum recovered from the condensation of digester relief gases from the cooking of softwoods by the Kraft pulping process. Sometimes referred to as sulfate turpentine. Page 15 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 A. (7.) EFFLUENT GUIDELINE SAMPLING PLAN SPECIAL CONDITION [NCGS 143-215.1] The bleach plant effluent samples (Outfalls 002 and 003) shall be analyzed for 2,3,7,8-TCDD in accordance with EPA Method 1613. A single sample, from each of the bleach plant effluents, may be analyzed to determine compliance with the daily maximum effluent limitation. The bleach plant effluent samples (Outfall 002 and 003) shall be analyzed for the 12 chlorinated phenolic compounds in accordance with EPA Method 1653. A single sample, from each of the bleach plant effluents, may be analyzed to determine compliance with the daily maximum effluent limitation. The Minimum Levels for each of the 12 chlorinated compounds are the same as the Daily Maximum concentrations listed on the effluent pages for the respective outfall(s). The final wastewater treatment plant effluent sample (Outfall 001) shall be analyzed for AOX in accordance with EPA Method 1650, or subsequent test methods approved by the Division. The permittee may request future monitoring modifications to the Effluent Guideline requirements, including 1) use of ECF certification in lieu of monitoring for chloroform in the bleach plant effluents (Outfall(s) 002 and 003) 2) demonstrating compliance using samples collected less frequently than every four hours; 3) using automated composite volatile samplers for chloroform sampling; and 4) using automated composite samplers for chlorophenolic, 2,3,7,8 TCDD and 2,3,7,8 TCDF sampling. Such future requests will be evaluated in accordance with 15A NCAC 2H.0114. The flow calculations for internal Outfall(s) 002 and 003 shall not be subject to accuracy requirements specified under Part II, Section D.3. This exclusion is similar to that provided for pump log flow calculations. Chemical data for Effluent Guideline parameters (Outfall(s) 002 and 003 parameters + AOX from Outfall 001) shall be submitted to the Division on a quarterly basis or more frequently (January- March, April - June, July- September, October -December). Quarterly submissions shall be due 60 days following the last day of each quarter (Due dates = May 31, August 31, November 30, and February 28). Chemical data shall be submitted on Division -approved DMR forms, with a separate form provided for each month. A. (8.) REQUIREMENTS FOR COLOR ANALYSIS AND COMPLIANCE SPECIAL CONDITION [NCGS 143-215.1] 1. The average annual discharge of true color for each calendar year shall not exceed 36,000 pounds per day. The monthly average effluent true color loading shall not exceed 52,000 pounds per day. For the purpose of this permit only, "pounds of true color" is calculated by the following equation: Effluent Flow (MGD) x Effluent True Color Level (Platinum Cobalt Units) x 8.34. 2. All samples collected for color analysis and for use in the above calculation shall be measured and reported using the procedure referenced in 39 FR 430.11 (b) (May 29, 1974) - true and apparent color or as amended by the EPA. 3. The permittee shall not increase the mill's pulp production capacity during the term of this permit, unless the permittee can demonstrate that the increased production can be achieved while reducing color loading. In addition, increasing the mill's pulp production capacity may require permit revision in accordance with North Carolina's NPDES Permitting rules. Page 16 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 4. The NPDES Permit shall be subject to reopening in order to modify the color requirements based upon any breakthrough in color removal technologies. Such breakthroughs shall be brought to the NPDES Committee for consideration, by Blue Ridge Paper and the Division of Water Resources, as soon as they are discovered. 5. The transfer of this NPDES permit will not proceed until any successor -in -interest to the current permittee has agreed to accept the provisions of this permit. 6. To minimize color discharges during periods of lowest river flow and higher recreational use in the river, no major maintenance outages will be scheduled during the months of June, July, August, and September. 7. The permittee shall conduct a technical review of color removal technologies once during permit cycle and provide the report to the DEQ with the renewal application. A. (9.) DIOXIN MONITORING SPECIAL CONDITION [NCGS 143-215.1] The permittee shall perform the analyses for dioxin and dibenzofuran as outlined below: Sampling Point Monitoring Requirements Measurement Frequency Sample Type Influent to Wastewater Treatment Plant' Annual Composite Effluent2 Annual Composite Sludge' Annual Composite Landfill Leachate' Annual Composite Footnotes: 1. The samples shall be analyzed for 2,3,7,8-TCDD and 2,3,7,8 TCDF in accordance with EPA Method 1613. A single sample may be analyzed. Alternatively, the sample volumes may be collected to enable the sample to be split (duplicate analysis). The Minimum Level in the effluent for 2,3,7,8- TCDD and 2,3,7,8 TCDF by EPA Method 1613 is 10 pg/l. 2. The effluent samples shall be analyzed for the full range of dioxin and furan isomers as identified in the list below and shall be in accordance with EPA Method 1613. A single sample may be analyzed. Alternatively, the sample volumes may be collected to enable the sample to be split (duplicate analysis). The minimum level using these methods for the purpose of compliance evaluation is considered to be 10 picograms per liter DIOXIN DIBENZOFURAN Isomer Isomer 2,3,7,8 TCDD 2,3,7,8 TCDF 1,2,3,7,8 PeCDD 1,2,3,7,8 PeCDF 2,3,4,7,8 PeCDF 1,2,3,4,7,8 HxCDD 1,2,3,4,7,8 HxCDF 1,2,3,7,8,9 HxCDD 1,2,3,7,8,9 HxCDF 1,2,3,6,7,8 HxCDF 1,2,3,6,7,8 HxCDD 2,3,4,6,7,8 HxCDF 1,2,3,4,6,7,8 HpCDD 1,2,3,4,6,7,8 HpCDF Page 17 of 21 Permit Number: NC00002'72 1,2,3,4,7,8,9 HpCDF If dioxins or dibenzofurans are detected in the effluent above the minimum level, the permittee shall initiate Quarterly monitoring of sludge, landfill leachate, and effluent. Additional Requirements The fish tissue analysis shall be performed during the 1S` effective year of this permit term in accordance with the Division of Water Resources approved monitoring plan. The monitoring plan is an enforceable part of this permit. All dioxin data collected as part of this monitoring requirement will be reported as required in the plan, no later than 180 days after sampling. The tissue monitoring will be performed in Waterville Lake, although the facility may substitute one lake event with a sampling in the Pigeon River below the outfall. If the results of the report show any sampling results to exceed the NC DHHS 4 ppt TEQ action level, the facility shall conduct an additional fish tissue analysis during the 4th calendar year of this permit term. A. (10.) DISSOLVED OXYGEN SPECIAL CONDITION [NCGS 143-215.1] The permittee shall maintain an average daily dissolved oxygen concentration of not less than 5.0 mg/L with a minimum instantaneous value of not less than 4.0 mg/L at River Miles 62.9 (DN1) and 57.7 (DN2). The permittee shall operate oxygen injection facilities at the outfall structure, at 2.1 miles downstream of the discharge, as necessary, to comply with this requirement. These facilities shall be operated in a manner which will maintain the water quality standard for dissolved oxygen in the Pigeon River downstream of the discharge. Blue Ridge Paper shall report the date and duration of oxygen injection use as a supplement to the monthly Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) forms. If the dissolved oxygen drops below 5.0 mg/L at station DN2 then monitoring shall be required at stations DN3 and DN4. A. (11.) TOWN OF CANTON INFLOW AND INFILTRATION SPECIAL CONDITION [NCGS 143-215.1] The permittee shall make continued efforts to promote reduction of inflow/infiltration to the Town of Canton's wastewater collection system. A. (12.) CLEAN WATER ACT SECTION 316(a) THERMAL VARIANCE [40 CFR 125, Subpart H] The thermal variance granted under Section 316(a) terminates on expiration of this NPDES permit. Should the permittee wish a continuation of its 316(a) thermal variance beyond the term of this permit, reapplication for such continuation shall be submitted in accordance with 40 CFR Part 125, Subpart H and Section 122.21(m)(6) not later than 180 days prior to permit expiration. Reapplication shall include a basis for continuation such as a) plant operating conditions and load factors are unchanged and are expected to remain so for the term of the reissued permit; b) there are no changes to plant discharges or other discharges in the plant site area which could interact with the thermal discharges; and c) there are no changes to the biotic community of the receiving water body which would impact the previous variance determination. Page 18 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 The next 316(a) studies shall be performed in accordance with the Division of Water Resources approved. plan. The temperature analysis and the balanced and indigenous study plan shall conform to the specifications outlined in 40 CFR 125 Subpart H, the EPA's Draft 316(a) Guidance Manual, dated 1977, and the Region 4 letter to NCDENR, dated June 3, 2010. EPA shall be provided an opportunity to review the plan prior to the commencement of the study. Copies of all the study plans, study results, and any other applicable materials should be submitted to: 1) Electronic Version Only (pdf and flash drive) Division of Water Resources WQ Permitting Section - NPDES 1617 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1617 2) Electronic Version (pdf and flash drive) and Hard Copy Division of Water Resources Water Sciences Section 1621 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1621 3) Electronic Version (pdf and flash drive) and Hard Copy NCWRC Habitat Conservation 1721 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1721 A. (13.) ELECTRONIC REPORTING OF DISCHARGE MONITORING REPORTS [G.S. 143-215.1(b)] Federal regulations require electronic submittal of all discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) and program reports. The final NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule was adopted and became effective on December 21, 2015. NOTE: This special condition supplements or supersedes the following sections within Part II of this permit (Standard Conditions for NPDES Permits): • Section B. (11.) Signatory Requirements • Section D. (2.) Reporting • Section D. (6.) Records Retention • Section E. (5.) Monitoring Reports 1. Reporting Requirements [Supersedes Section D. (2.) and Section E. (5.) (a)1 The permittee shall report discharge monitoring data electronically using the NC DWR's Electronic Discharge Monitoring Report (eDMR) internet application. Monitoring results obtained during the previous month(s) shall be summarized for each month and submitted electronically using eDMR. The eDMR system allows permitted facilities to enter monitoring data and submit DMRs electronically using the internet. Until such time that the state's eDMR application is compliant with EPA's Cross -Media Electronic Reporting Regulation Page 19 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 (CROMERR), permittees will be required to submit all discharge monitoring data to the state electronically using eDMR and will be required to complete the eDMR submission by printing, signing, and submitting one signed original and a copy of the computer printed eDMR to the following address: NC DENR / Division of Water Resources / Water Quality Permitting Section ATTENTION: Central Files 1617 Mail Service Center Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1617 If a permittee is unable to use the eDMR system due to a demonstrated hardship or due to the facility being physically located in an area where less than 10 percent of the households have broadband access, then a temporary waiver from the NPDES electronic reporting requirements may be granted and discharge monitoring data may be submitted on paper DMR forms (MR 1, 1.1, 2, 3) or alternative forms approved by the Director. Duplicate signed copies shall be submitted to the mailing address above. See "How to Request a Waiver from Electronic Reporting" section below. Regardless of the submission method, the first DMR is due on the last day of the month following the issuance of the permit or in the case of a new facility, on the last day of the month following the commencement of discharge. Starting on December 21, 2020, the permittee must electronically report the following compliance monitoring data and reports, when applicable: • Sewer Overflow/Bypass Event Reports; • Pretreatment Program Annual Reports; and • Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 316(b) Annual Reports. The permittee may seek an electronic reporting waiver from the Division (see "How to Request a Waiver from Electronic Reporting" section below). 2. Electronic Submissions In accordance with 40 CFR 122.41(1)(9), the permittee must identify the initial recipient at the time of each electronic submission. The permittee should use the EPA's website resources to identify the initial recipient for the electronic submission. Initial recipient of electronic NPDES information from NPDES-regulated facilities means the entity (EPA or the state authorized by EPA to implement the NPDES program) that is the designated entity for receiving electronic NPDES data [see 40 CFR 127.2(b)]. EPA plans to establish a website that will also link to the appropriate electronic reporting tool for each type of electronic submission and for each state. Instructions on how to access and use the appropriate electronic reporting tool will be available as well. Information on EPA's NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule is found at: http://www2.epa.gov/compliance/final-national-pollutant- di scharge-elimination-system-npdes-electronic-reporting-rule. Electronic submissions must start by the dates listed in the "Reporting Requirements" section above. 3. How to Request a Waiver from Electronic Reporting The permittee may seek a temporary electronic reporting waiver from the Division. To obtain an electronic reporting waiver, a permittee must first submit an electronic reporting waiver request to the Division. Requests for temporary electronic reporting waivers must be submitted in writing to the Division for written approval at least sixty (60) days prior to the date the facility would be required Page 20 of 21 Permit Number: NC0000272 under this permit to begin submitting monitoring data and reports. The duration of a temporary waiver shall not exceed 5 years and shall thereupon expire. At such time, monitoring data and reports shall be submitted electronically to the Division unless the permittee re -applies for and is granted a new temporary electronic reporting waiver by the Division. Approved electronic reporting waivers are not transferrable. Only permittees with an approved reporting waiver request may submit monitoring data and reports on paper to the Division for the period that the approved reporting waiver request is effective. Information on eDMR and the application for a temporary electronic reporting waiver are found on the following web page: http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/edmr 4. Sianatory Requirements [Supplements Section B. (11.) (b) and Supersedes Section B. (11.) (d)1 All eDMRs submitted to the permit issuing authority shall be signed by a person described in Part II, Section B. (11.)(a) or by a duly authorized representative of that person as described in Part II, Section B. (11.)(b). A person, and not a position, must be delegated signatory authority for eDMR reporting purposes. For eDMR submissions, the person signing and submitting the DMR must obtain an eDMR user account and login credentials to access the eDMR system. For more information on North Carolina's eDMR system, registering for eDMR and obtaining an eDMR user account, please visit the following web page: http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/edmr Certification. Any person submitting an electronic DMR using the state's eDMR system shall make the following certification [40 CFR 122.22]. NO OTHER STATEMENTS OF CERTIFICATION WILL BE ACCEPTED: "I cert�, under penalty of law, that this document and all attachments were prepared under my direction or supervision in accordance with a system designed to assure that qualified personnel properly gather and evaluate the information submitted. Based on my inquiry of the person or persons who manage the system, or those persons directly responsible for gathering the information, the information submitted is, to the best of my knowledge and belief true, accurate, and complete. I am aware that there are significant penalties for submitting false information, including the possibility of fines and imprisonment for knowing violations." 5. Records Retention [Supplements Section D. (6.)1 The permittee shall retain records of all Discharge Monitoring Reports, including eDMR submissions. These records or copies shall be maintained for a period of at least 3 years from the date of the report. This period may be extended by request of the Director at any time [40 CFR 122.41]. A. (14.) Mlx NG ZONE [NCGS 143-215.1] The mixing zone is defined as 0.4 miles between the diffuser and the Fiberville Bridge. Page 21 of 21 r Latitude: 35°32'08" Longitude: 82°50'42" Quad# E7SE Receiving Stream: Pigeon River Stream Class: C Subbasin: 40305 NC0000272 Blue Ridge Paper Products ., Canton Mill Fac Loc1 North SCALE 1:24000