New Jersey Thermal Discharges: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Groundwater monitoring: New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC) 7:14A-9.3

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National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program definitions: NJAC 7:14A-1.2

Direct Surface Water (DSW) discharges: NJAC 7:14A-14.2

Thermal discharge limits: NJAC 7:9B-1.14

Regulatory Agencies

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water Quality Bureau of Industrial Discharge Permits

DEP Division of Water Quality Bureau of Pretreatment and Residuals

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 Jersey follows the federal scheme concerning thermal discharges. Temperature requirements are established according to the classification and use of the receiving water. Alternative effluent limitations are available under certain circumstances. See the national section THERMAL DISCHARGES for more information on the federal regulations. Variances from thermal limits are allowed. See the state section WASTEWATER VARIANCES for more information.

Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Industrial Discharge Permits is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's thermal discharge regulations.

State Requirements


New Jersey state waters are controlled by the surface water classifications that are applied for all water bodies in the state. Specific temperature requirements are listed in the Table in this section. For more information on state water classifications, see the state section EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS.


NJAC 7:14A-14.2

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