Governing Law and Regulations
State Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Fund (WPCSRF) environmental review: New Hampshire Regulations-Environmental-Water Quality (Env-Wq) 509.01 to 509.08
State Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Program (DWSRF) environmental review: NH Regs. Environmental-Drinking Water (Env-Dw) 1107.01 to 1107.08
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) Water Division (WD)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Under the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the environmental impact statement (EIS) is a document that has to be completed before any major construction or modification on federal land is done that could significantly impact the environment. New Hampshire may require an EIS as part of the DES environmental review process for projects seeking financial assistance from the SRF or DWSRF, but has not established its own environmental policy act.
• Administration and enforcement. DES is responsible for determining whether a particular project will require environmental review.
NH Regs. Env-Wq 509.01 to 509.08
The construction of water pollution abatement projects for which loans from the SRF are requested must be reviewed to determine the impacts on the human and natural environment.
DES coordinates the agency's environmental review process and is responsible for the preparation of an environmental review report based on the applicant's facility plan, as updated to describe the proposed project. The environmental review must result in one of the following actions:
- Categorical exclusion ...