Governing Law and Regulations
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water
U.S. Department of Environmental Protection (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. Kentucky's regulations provide for several types of variances from the state's effluent limitations and pretreatment standards that follow the federal variance requirements. See the national section WASTEWATER VARIANCES for more information about the federal requirements.
The state has also been granted authority from EPA to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. Kentucky's state equivalent to the NPDES permit program is the KPDES permit program, which contains provisions for variances related to wastewater discharges. For more information about the KPDES permit program in Kentucky, see the state section NPDES PERMIT.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Division of Water administers and enforces the state's water quality program and makes variance determinations.
KPDES PERMIT VARIANCES
401 KAR 5:055, Section 6
Kentucky provides for modifications of its wastewater discharge standards under certain circumstances. Facilities discharging wastewater may request modifications or variances from general ...