Governing Law and Regulations
New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Water
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's DEC may grant an applicant for a State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit, or an SPDES permittee, a variance to a water quality-based effluent limitation or groundwater effluent limitation included in an SPDES permit. The SPDES program is New York's equivalent to the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program. DEC may also grant a modification to certain thermal discharge criteria. For more information concerning wastewater variances, see the national sections WASTEWATER VARIANCES and THERMAL DISCHARGES.
• Administration and enforcement. DEC's Division of Water administers and enforces the state's SPDES permit program, which includes effluent limitation variances and thermal discharge criteria modifications.
6 NYCRR 702.17(a)(1)
DEC may grant to an applicant for an SPDES permit a variance to a water-quality–based effluent limitation or groundwater effluent limitation included in an SPDES permit. The variance applies only to the permittee identified in the variance and only to the pollutant specified in the variance. A ...