Governing Law and Regulations
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 ...