Governing Law and Regulations
New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of Natural Resources and Water Quality Division of Water
New York State Department of Health (DOH)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New York requires facilities to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) federal effluent limitations. In addition, the state has some of its own water-quality-based standards, which may be more stringent than federal requirements in certain situations. Effluent limitations will be set out in your facility permit.
The state has also adopted the federal toxic effluent standards. See the national section EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS for details.
Specific effluent limitations are specified in SPDES permits for point source discharges, depending on various factors such as, but not limited to, the type of discharge, the surface water classification, and total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) (6 NYCRR 750-1.1 to 750-2.11).
New York has developed several TMDLs on a watershed basis, including, but not limited ...