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EPA Issues Final NPDES General Permit for New and Existing Sources and New Dischargers in the Offshore Subcategory of the Oil and Gas Extraction Category for the Western Portion of the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico

Region 6 of the EPA has issued a final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit for the western portion of the outer continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico (No. GMG290000). This permit authorizes discharges from new sources, existing sources, and new dischargers in the offshore subcategory of the Oil and Gas Extraction Point Source Category (40CFR part 435, subpart A).

The general permit authorizes discharges in accordance with effluent limitations, monitoring requirements and several other conditions listed in the permit. The requirements cover discharges from exploration, development, and production facilities located in and discharging to Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico seaward of the outer boundary of the territorial seas offshore of Louisiana and Texas. The Act provides for fines and or imprisonment for negligently or knowingly violating the permit conditions.

The permit will become effective November 8, 2004. This permit reissues an existing permit (published in the Federal Resister 64 FR 19156 and modified in 66 FR 6850) which expired on November 3, 2003.

For further information contact: Ms. Diane Smith, EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202, Telephone: (214)665-7191, or via e-mail at