EPA Implements NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule (September 2016)The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently adopted NPDES’ rule requiring regulated facilities under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program to report data electronically rather than as paper submissions. Those in the program must report the data to a designated recipient on a list of “initial recipients” that will be provided by the agency in the Federal Register. EPA is implementing this rule to make the reporting process more convenient, accurate, and ultimately more effective at maintaining water that is safe for human use.
An NPDES permit provides limits on what companies can discharge into the water supply, prohibits the release of pollutants, and mandates how they must report and monitor the products they release. EPA defines pollutants as “any type of industrial, municipal, and agricultural waste.” Some examples include sewage and garbage. These limitations enforce the requirements of the Clean Water Act and help protect water quality.
|NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule Implementation Guidance|
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