Governing Law and Regulations
Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Water Division
ADEM Field Operations Division
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. Alabama has adopted by reference federal regulations for variances from effluent limitations or categorical pretreatment standards. Effluent limitations must be implemented in order to protect state water quality standards. See the national section WASTEWATER VARIANCES for the federal requirements.
ADEM also issues variances for permits covering activities in coastal areas.
• Administration and enforcement. ADEM's Water Division administers and enforces the water quality rules in Alabama under the authority of the Alabama Water Pollution Control Act. Variance requests under the state's NPDES permit program Coastal Area Management Program are processed by ADEM.
Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-6-.22
Requests for variances must be submitted to ADEM. If ADEM determines that the variance should be granted, it will forward the ...