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Pollutant Minimization Plan (PMP) Information
PMP Rule Overview
PMP Rule Establishment and Related Information
Resources for Completing and Implementing PMPs for PCBs
October 22, 2012 PMP Workshop
January 30, 2007 PMP Annual Report Workshop
July 28, 2005 PMP Workshop
PMP Rule Overview

DRBC requires Pollution Minimization Plans (PMPs) to reduce or eliminate PCBs where they are known to exist. The PMP rule, adopted by the commission in May 2005, establishes a non-numeric approach requiring the track down and reduction of point source and non-point source discharges of PCBs in the Delaware Estuary.

The goal of this program is to work toward meeting water quality standards and to eliminate fish consumption advisories due to PCBs. PMPs require biennial PCB sampling and submission of an annual report summarizing PCB loading reduction efforts undertaken by the discharger. Recent reports show that the PMPs required by DRBC are working. The top ten dischargers responsible for 90% of the point-source PCB loading have reduced their contributions 71% from 2005-2013. This improvement hopefully will be reflected as reduced amounts of PCBs found in fish tissue in future years.

PMP Rule Establishment and Related Information

The DRBC on May 18, 2005 unanimously adopted a rule to establish pollutant minimization plan (PMP) requirements for point (end-of-pipe) and non-point (runoff) discharges of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the Delaware Estuary.

Resolution 2005-9 (adopted May 18, 2005; establishes PMP requirements)

Comment and Response Document for PMP Rule (pdf 145 KB; issued May 15, 2005)

Text of Final Rule for Establishing Pollutant Minimization Plan (PMP) Requirements (pdf 40 KB; section 4.30.9 of the DRBC WQ Regulations)

News Release Announcing Adoption of PMP Resolution (issued May 25, 2005)

Recommended Outline for PMPs for PCBs in the Delaware Estuary (Jan. 2006):

Resolution 2006-8 - Establishes the PMP Peer Review Advisory Committee (pdf 17 KB; adopted May 10, 2006)

Draft Guidance for PMP Annual Reports for PCBs in the Delaware Estuary (Jan. 2007):

Resources for Completing and Implementing PMPs for PCBs

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October 22, 2012 PMP Workshop

This workshop, cosponsored by the Delaware Estuary TMDL Coalition and the DRBC, was held on October 22, 2012 at the PSE&G Energy and Environment Center in Salem, N.J. to discuss the progress achieved through implementation of PMPs, industrial and municipal experiences, and effective PMP approaches. Participants included 84 representatives of industry, federal, state, DRBC, and municipal government.

A key report on the progress of the PMP effort was presented by Gregory Cavallo of the DRBC staff. He reported that the loading of PCBs from the ten dischargers that contribute 90% of the total loading to the estuary decreased 46% between 2005 and 2010. 

The event covered the following topics:

  • PMP Principles and Loading Trends from 2005-2011
  • Industrial Experiences with PMP Implementation
  • Municipal Experiences with PMP Implementation
  • Regulators' Perspectives on the PMP Process
  • Panel Discussion Highlighting Dischargers' Experiences with Implementing PMPs

The following presentations were given by DRBC staff and by several representatives of industrial and municipal entities during the workshop highlighting their experiences with implementing PMPs:

January 30, 2007 PMP Annual Report Workshop

This workshop, cosponsored by the Delaware Estuary TMDL Coalition and the DRBC, was held on January 30, 2007 at the Enterprise Center at Burlington County College, Pemberton, N.J. to discuss the PMP Annual Report process with impacted dischargers and regulatory agencies.

The event covered the following topics:

  • PMP Principles, Practices, and Data Trends from 2000-2005
  • Panel Discussion Highlighting Dischargers' Experiences with Implementing PMPs
  • Regulators' Perspectives on the PMP Annual Report
  • Dischargers' Perspectives on the PMP Annual Report

The following presentations were given by DRBC staff and by several representatives of industrial and municipal entities during the panel discussion highlighting their experiences with implementing PMPs.

July 28, 2005 PMP Workshop

This workshop, cosponsored by the New Jersey Water Environment Association and the DRBC, was held on July 28, 2005 at the Rutger's EcoComplex in Bordentown, N.J. The workshop's purpose was to explain the PMP rule adoption to impacted dischargers.

The event, attended by over 100 persons, covered:

  • An overview of the DRBC rule
  • Implementation of the DRBC rule and its relationship to the NPDES process
  • Sampling methodologies
  • Industrial and municipal breakout sessions

The following presentations were given by Thomas J. Fikslin and John Yagecic, both of DRBC, as well as by representatives of industrial and municipal entities during the breakout sessions.