Notice of Application and Preliminary Decision for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Renewal

Notice of Application and Preliminary Decision for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Renewal

November 17, 2022

General Permit Authorization  No. TXR040351

APPLICATION AND PRELIMINARY DECISION.  City of Belton, P.O. Box 120, Belton, Texas 76513, has  applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) under Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Small MS4 General Permit No. TXR040000 for a renewal of authorization  number TXR040351 to discharge stormwater to surface water in the state from the City of Belton MS4. The notice of intent (NOI) and stormwater management program (SWMP) were received by the TCEQ on May 23, 2019.

The MS4 is located in the area within the City of Belton limits within the Temple Urbanized Area in Bell County, Texas. The discharge from the MS4 will eventually reach Lampasas River Below Stillhouse Hollow Lake in Segment No. 1215, Nolan Creek/ South Nolan Creek in Segment No. 1218, and  Leon River Below Belton Lake in Segment No. 1219 of the  Brazos River Basin.

A copy of the  NOI, SWMP, general permit, and general permit fact sheet are available for viewing and copying at the City of Belton Public Works Department, 1502 Holland Road, Belton, Texas 76513. The SWMP can also be viewed online at the City of Belton's website at Substantial changes to the MS4's SWMP during the permit term will be posted on the same website.

The TCEQ Executive Director has completed the technical review of the  application and SWMP. The SWMP, if approved, would establish additional terms and conditions, not included in the general permit, under which the  MS4 must operate. The Executive Director has made the preliminary decision that the SWMP meets all statutory and regulatory requirements and made a preliminary decision to approve the small MS4's authorization under the TPDES Small (Phase II) MS4 General Permit No. TXR040000.

PUBLIC COMMENT/ PUBLIC MEETING. You may submit public comments or request a public meeting about this application. The purpose of a public meeting is to provide the opportunity to submit written or oral comments or to ask questions about the application.  The TCEQ will hold a public meeting if the  Executive Director determines that there is a significant degree of public interest in the application or if requested by a local legislator. A public meeting is not a contested case hearing. If significant interest exists, the Executive Director will direct the applicant to publish a notice of the  public meeting and hold the public meeting.  The applicant must publish notice of a public meeting at least 30 days prior to the meeting in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the MS4 is located.  If the MS4 is located in more than one county, the applicant must publish notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the county containing the largest residential population.

All written public comments and public meeting requests must be submitted to the Office of the Chief Clerk, MC 105, TCEQ, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087 or electronically at within 30 days of the date of newspaper publication of this notice.

After the deadline for submitting public comments, the Executive Director will consider all timely comments and prepare a response to all relevant material, or significant public comments. The response to comments will be mailed to everyone who submitted public comments and to those persons 
who are on the mailing list for this application.

MAILING LIST. If you submit public comments, a request for a public meeting, or a reconsideration of the  Executive Director's decision, you will be added to the mailing list for this specific application to receive future public notices mailed by the Office of the  Chief Clerk.  In addition, you may request to be placed on: (1) the permanent mailing list for a specific applicant name and permit number; or (2) the mailing list for a specific county.  If you wish to be placed on the permanent or the county mailing list, clearly specify which list(s) and send your request to TCEQ Office of the  Chief Clerk at the address above.

INFORMATION AVAILABLE ONLINE. For details about the status of the  application, visit the Commissioners' Integrated Database at Search the database using the permit number for this application, which is provided at the top of this notice.

AGENCY CONTACTS AND INFORMATION. Any personal contact information you provide to the TCEQ will become part of the  agency's records; this includes your name, phone number, email address, and physical address. For more information about this application or the permitting process, please call the TCEQ Public Education Program, toll free, at 1-800-687- 4040 or visit their website at  Si desea informaci6n en espafiol, puede llamar al 1-800-687-4040.

Further information may also be obtained from the City of Belton at the address stated above or by calling Ms. Marcie Seele at 254-933-5823.

Issuance Date: October 24, 2022