Special Pollutant Abatement Permits (SPAP): $100
SPAPs are issued to businesses that are classified by Knox County as stormwater “hotspots”. Regulated hotspots are known as sources of pollution and are subject to regulation. Stormwater hotspots are defined as commercial, industrial, institutional, municipal or transport-related operations that produce higher concentrations of pollutants, and/or present a higher potential risk for spills, leaks, or illicit discharges. Examples include (but are not limited to) gas stations, parking lots, restaurants, car washes, dry cleaners and auto recycling facilities. Generally, stormwater hotspots contribute 5 to 10 times higher concentrations of pollutants in stormwater runoff. These hotspots merit special management and pollution prevention activities.
Knox County has implemented an educational SPAP program for existing Food Handling and Processing Facilities and Automotive Associated Facilities to aid in improving water quality of area streams. All existing facilities are required to obtain one of these non-technical SPAPs for the purpose of describing how stormwater is handled on site and any Best Management Practices that are planned or currently on the ground to prevent stormwater pollution. All Food Handling and Processing Facilities are currently inspected by the Knox County Health Department for stormwater ordinance compliance. All Automotive Associated Facilities will be inspected at least annually by Knox County Stormwater Management staff starting in the 4th quarter of 2010.
Please click on the links below to obtain a copy of the SPAP. You may fill it out and return it to the address on the permit. If you have questions, please call Knox County Stormwater Management at 865-215-5540.