Governing Law and Regulations
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division (EPD)
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. Georgia's effluent limitations are based on water quality standards and are dependent on the receiving water and the constituent discharged. The state has adopted the federal effluent limitations and also applies more stringent standards for some water bodies and pollutants.
• Administration and enforcement. EPD is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's effluent limitations.
Generally, effluent limitations apply to discharges of wastewaters to surface or groundwater. To learn more about gaining these permits in Georgia see the state section NPDES PERMIT. Specific laboratory test methods are also required and these are dependent on the type and nature of the wastewater being discharged. To learn more about the laboratory requirements, see the state section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING.
Georgia defines baseline conditions as "natural conditions." ...