Governing Law and Regulations
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Water Protection Branch
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Some Georgia wastewater discharge permits require the use of bioassays to ensure compliance with in-stream toxic chemical standards (GRR 391-3-6-.03(11)). The Georgia constituent chemical list is more extensive than the federal standards. Specific guidance on when to conduct a bioassay is contained in the facility's discharge permit. See the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING for additional guidance about the federal requirements.
Georgia requires that all commercial environmental laboratories submitting data for regulatory purposes be accredited.
• Administration and enforcement. EPD's Water Protection Branch is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's biological testing and monitoring requirements.
In Georgia, at the request of a NPDES permittee, a schedule to allow for development of a site-specific effluent limit may be established by EPD. The schedule is contained in the permit, or in an accompanying ...