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F|S Assisting the Marine Terminal Operator Group with a Container Terminal AKART Study

Since Fall 2013, Floyd|Snider has been working with the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) to assist the Marine Terminal Operator (MTO) Group with engineering services and regulatory consultation associated with stormwater management under the Industrial Stormwater General Permit (ISGP). As part of this work, Floyd|Snider is preparing a Container Terminal AKART Study, which will be incorporated into the larger Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) AKART study for marine terminals.

The Container Terminal AKART Study proposes what Best Management Practices (BMPs), including treatment technologies, should be considered “all known, available, and reasonable methods of prevention, control, and treatment” (AKART) for stormwater management at container terminals and is being developed with the PMSA based on input from all container terminal operators in Seattle and Tacoma.

The purpose of the WPPA study is to define a consistent protocol for Washington ports and their tenants to use to achieve greater improvements in stormwater discharge quality and compliance with the ISGP while providing greater predictability for terminal operators and more economic certainty regarding implementation costs. The goal of the WPPA study is development of an ISGP Implementation Manual for Washington Marine Cargo Facilities.