Governing Law and Regulations
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water and Waste Management Water Permitting Section
West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. West Virginia is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for the discharge of pollutants from a point source into waters of the state. Under this program, West Virginia issues permits to certain animal feeding operations. See the national section AG WASTE for more information on the federal concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) permitting program
Persons who prepare and update nutrient management plans (NMPs) must be certified by the state.
In addition, the state also has rules to protect the groundwater from contamination by operations that handle or process fertilizer and manure. See the state section GROUNDWATER for more information on groundwater regulation in the state.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Water Permitting Section administers and enforces the NPDES permit program in West Virginia for CAFOs. The WVDA ...