Governing Law and Regulations
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet DEP Division of Environmental Services
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Kentucky generally follows the federal guidelines in requiring Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) applicants to include biological monitoring data in requiring bioassays and biomonitoring to demonstrate compliance with water quality standards.
All KPDES permit applicants must provide an identification of any whole effluent toxicity (WET) tests conducted during the 4 1/2 years before the date of the application on any of the applicant's discharges or on any receiving water near the discharge. Applicants must submit the results of valid WET tests to the state for acute or chronic toxicity for samples taken from each outfall through which effluent is discharged to surface waters.
Kentucky has also established requirements for certifying laboratories involved in testing public water supplies and wastewater in the state. This includes specific standards for laboratories that work on petroleum storage tank projects.
• Administration and enforcement.DEP’s Division of Water administers and enforces the state’s water ...