North Carolina Water - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Wastewater: 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 02H.0101 to 02H.0156

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Effluent limitations: 15A NCAC 02B.0402 to 02B.0407

Thermal discharges: 15A NCAC 02B.0211

Modifications and variances: 15A NCAC 02B.0226 and 15A NCAC 02H.0912

Monitoring, sampling, and reporting: 15A NCAC 02B.0505 and 15A NCAC 02B.0506

Nonpoint sources: 33 USC 1329

Stormwater: 15A NCAC 02H.1001 to 02H.1020 and 15A NCAC 02H.0126

Agricultural wastes: 15A NCAC 02T.1300 to 02T.1309

Pretreatment program: 15A NCAC 02H.0901 to 02H.0922

Wastewater operator training: 15A NCAC 08G.0201 to 08G.0901

Wetlands: 15A NCAC 02B.0230 and 15A NCAC 02B.0231

Oil spill control: General Statutes of North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat.) 143-215.75 to 143-215.104

Spill prevention: N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-215.94HH

Groundwater protection: 15A NCAC 02L.0101 to 02L.0202

Underground injection: 15A NCAC 02C.0201 to 02C.0242

Drinking water: 15A NCAC 18C.0102 to 18C.2202

Regulatory Agencies

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Division of Water Resources (DWR)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Wilmington District

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. North Carolina is fully authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for wastewater discharges. The state follows federal standards for most effluent discharges and has procedures for obtaining wastewater discharge variances.

The state has primary enforcement authority from the EPA to administer the provisions of the ...

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