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A. Compliance Inspections.

1. City personnel may inspect any operation in the city that is known to manage (or may potentially manage) potentially harmful materials or is reasonably believed to be a potential source of an illicit discharge and/or a risk to water resources.

2. Inspections may be initiated as the result of a complaint or referral, as defined by a routine schedule for compliance, or if an operation is identified by the city as an operation that has the potential to release pollutants to water resources. Inspections will be used to determine if there is any risk to water resources, and to determine if an operation is in compliance with this chapter.

3. Inspections may involve a review of BMPs, process equipment, structures, and operating practices; records or plan review; interviews with operators; photo documentation and sampling. As such, operators shall allow representatives of the city, upon presentation of credentials, to:

a. Enter the premises where potentially harmful materials are being managed, or where records may be kept under the provisions of this chapter. The owner/operator shall make necessary arrangements to allow access without delay. Unreasonable delay may constitute a violation of this chapter;

b. Have access to and copy, at reasonable times, any records that must be kept under the provisions of this chapter;

c. Inspect at reasonable times any facilities, equipment (e.g., safety, monitoring, operating, or other equipment), practices or operations regulated or required under the provisions of this chapter;

d. Sample and monitor, at reasonable times, any substances or parameters at any location for the purposes of assuring compliance or as otherwise authorized by the provisions of this chapter. This requirement may involve the city’s installation or erection of equipment to conduct sampling, inspection, compliance monitoring or metering operations. As such, at the written or verbal request of the city, operators shall remove any temporary or permanent obstruction to safe and easy access to an operation to be inspected and/or sampled. The operator shall not replace such an obstruction without the city’s consent. (Ord. M-4372 § 8, 2022; Ord. M-3920 § 4, 2009; Ord. M-3600, 2002)