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Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping

GOALS and OBJECTIVES of: Knox County's Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping Program:


As a NPDES Phase II MS4 community, Knox County has specific permit requirements relating to pollution prevention/good housekeeping. Knox County must:

  • Develop and implement an operation and maintenance program with the ultimate goal of preventing or reducing pollutant runoff from municipal operations into the stormwater system;
  • Include employee training on how to incorporate pollution prevention/good housekeeping techniques into municipal operations such as park and open space maintenance, fleet and building maintenance, new construction and land disturbances, and stormwater system maintenance. To minimize duplication of effort and conserve resources, the MS4 operation can use training materials that are available from EPA, their State or Tribe, or relevant organizations;
  • Determine the appropriate best management practices (BMPs) and measureable goals for this minimum control measure. Some examples are:
    • Maintenance activities, maintenance schedules, and long-term inspection procedures for structural and non-structural controls to reduce floatables and other pollutants discharged from the separate storm sewers;
    • Controls for reducing or eliminating the discharge of pollutants from areas including roads and parking lots, maintenance and storage yards, and waste transfer stations;
    • Procedures for the proper disposal of waste removed from the storm system;
    • Ways to ensure that new flood management projects assess the impacts on water quality and examine existing projects for incorporation of additional water quality protection devices or practices.

Knox County has:

Created a pollution prevention/good housekeeping seminar for employees in 6 municipal departments. The training is given annually with additional follow-up site visits to the departments to help them detect and eliminate illicit discharges from municipally owned/operated sites. This seminar discusses the hazards of illicit discharges, the types of discharges typically generated from different municipal operations and best management practices that can be installed to eliminate those types of discharges.

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205 West Baxter Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

Phone: 865-215-5540
Fax: 865-215-5831

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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