Governing Law and Regulations
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Water Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) North Atlantic Division Philadelphia District
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Pennsylvania has incorporated many of the federal water pollution control requirements into its regulatory scheme. The state is fully authorized to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program and has received primacy from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce the regulations of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Pennsylvania does not have authority to administer the federal pretreatment program in the state.
Pennsylvania has also created state-specific requirements for oil spill prevention and response, as well as wetland protection and permitting. Pennsylvania has also established procedures for a Commonwealth Drought Coordinator to review and approve plans by public water supply agencies or political subdivisions ...