Governing Law and Regulations
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water KPDES Branch
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority (KAWQA)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Kentucky is authorized by EPA to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES, in Kentucky called KPDES) permit program for wastewater discharges, including permit authority for wastewater discharges from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Kentucky standards are more stringent than EPA's in that sites located in areas with protected waters or that may have an impact on water quality are required to obtain permit coverage. In addition, certain liquid agricultural wastes handling systems in Kentucky must obtain permits to construct, modify, or operate the facility. See the national section AG WASTE for more information on the federal CAFO permitting ...