The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens within the City of Monessen (City) through the regulation of nonstormwater discharges to the storm drainage system to the maximum extent practicable as required by federal and state law. This chapter establishes methods for controlling the introduction of pollutants into the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) in order to comply with requirement of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit process. The objectives of this chapter are:
To regulate the contribution of pollutants to the MS4 by stormwater discharges by any user.
To prohibit illicit connections and discharges to the MS4.
To establish legal authority to carry out all inspection, surveillance, monitoring, and enforcement procedures necessary to ensure compliance with this chapter.
This chapter shall apply to all water entering the storm drain system generated on any developed and undeveloped lands unless explicitly exempted by the City. The majority of the City is a combined storm and sewage sewer system which is exempted from this chapter.
The streets with separate storm sewer systems for which this chapter applies are located in the Grand Boulevard Sewer Shed and are listed in Appendix A. This chapter will be amended periodically as additional combined sewer systems are separated.
Editor's Note: Appendix A is included as an attachment to this chapter.
The City shall administer, implement, and enforce the provisions of this chapter. Any powers granted or duties imposed upon the City may be delegated in writing by the Mayor of the City to persons or entities acting in the beneficial interest of or in the employ of the City.
This chapter is not intended to modify or repeal any other ordinance, rule, regulation, or other provision of law. The requirements of this chapter are in addition to the requirements of any other ordinance, rule, regulation, or other provision of law, and where any provision of this chapter imposes restrictions different from those imposed by any other ordinance, rule, regulation, or other provision of law, whichever provision is more restrictive or imposes higher protective standards for human health or the environment shall control.
The provisions of this chapter are hereby declared to be severable. If any provision, clause, sentence, or paragraph of this chapter or the application thereof to any person, establishment, or circumstances shall be held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the other provisions or application of this chapter.
The standards set forth in this chapter are minimum standards; therefore, this chapter does not intend or imply that compliance by any person will ensure that there will be no contamination, pollution, or unauthorized discharge of pollutants.
Any permit or authorization issued or approved based on false, misleading or erroneous information provided by an applicant is void without the necessity of any proceedings for revocation. Any work undertaken or use established pursuant to such permit or other authorization is unlawful. No action may be taken by a board, agency, employee or designee of the City purporting to validate such a violation.