Governing Law and Regulations
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water and Waste Management Water Permitting Section
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, including the NPDES pretreatment program. The state has adopted by reference the federal pretreatment standards under Section 307 of the Clean Water Act and 40 CFR 403. See the national section PRETREATMENT STANDARDS for a discussion of federal requirements.
Industrial dischargers that discharge their wastewater to a publicly owned treatment works (POTW) do not have to have an individual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, but the POTW has authority to regulate such discharges under its pretreatment program. West Virginia has established responsibilities for local government, industry, and the public to implement pretreatment standards to control pollutants that pass through or interfere with treatment processes in POTWs, which may contaminate sewage sludge or have an adverse impact on the POTW, its workers, or the environment.
The state has also established design ...