Wastewater, Earthmoving, Erosion Control
DEQ's Wastewater, Earthmoving and Erosion Control branch protects public health and the environment by minimizing negative impacts to CNMI soil surface and ground water resources through enforcement of local and federal environmental regulations. This branch is responsible for controlling runoff from human related activities, ensuring proper design, construction and application of approved on-site wastewater disposal systems, responding to complaints on illegal and or unpermitted land clearing, issuing notices of violations and administrative orders and promoting public education and awareness
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Press Release: Earthmoving & Erosion Control Rules and Regulation
BECQ-DEQ is announcing revisions to its earthmoving regulations that were adopted on June 7, 2014, after being published for public comment in the Commonwealth Register on February 28, 2014.
The following are the keys changes made:
- The reference to landscaping for small projects has been removed. Instead, all projects less than 100 meters and with a grade less than 3% will not be required to obtain a permit.
- All maps and site-plan drawings for commercial projects must be prepared using a computer-based drawing tool such as Auto-CAD.
- A certified Erosion Control Specialist must oversee and implement the temporary erosion control plan for all commercial projects. An Erosion Control Specialist is any person who has met the following requirements:
- The person has completed the application to register as a DEQ-certified Erosion Control Specialist, or has renewed a previously approved certification.
- The person has paid the necessary application fee or renewal fee.
- The person has passed the DEQ-administered “Erosion & Sediment Control Certification Exam” with a score of 70% or better.
- The person has not demonstrated a history of noncompliance with the DEQ Earthmoving & Erosion Control Regulations.
- The fee structure for commercial permit applications has been revised as follows:
Project Area Fee
Up to 1 hectare $150.00
Greater than 1 hectare
less than or equal to 5 hectare $450.00
Greater than 5 hectare
less than or equal to 15 hectare $850.00
Greater than 15 hectare
less than or equal to 50 hectare $3,000.00
Greater than 50 hectare
less than or equal to 100 hectare $6,000.00
Greater than 100 hectare
less than or equal to 200 hectare $10,000.00
Greater than 200 hectare $15,000.00
- Non-commercial applications, with the exception of work performed by the government, shall be charged an application fee of $25.
- The standards set forth in 2.1 and 2.2 of the 2006 CNMI and Guam Stormwater Management Manual are adopted by reference into the regulation.
- After a permit has been approved and issued, each amendment to a commercial application shall result in a fee of 50% of the original permit application fee.
The above Commercial and Non-commercial fee schedule will be in effect on September 2, 2014. For detailed information, please call the Wastewater, Earthmoving & Erosion Control Branch at 664-8500.
Staff and Management
- Jonathan I. Arriola - Branch Manager
- James Benavente - Environmental Engineer
- Joshua Duenas - WEEC Admin
- Augustin Camacho - Environmental Specialist
- Merrill Ayuyu - Environmental Specialist
- Valerie Hofchneider - Environmental Technician
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