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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. California requires dischargers to comply with both the federal technology-based effluent limitations and the state's waste discharge requirements, which are based on water quality. Effluent limitations are set out in the facility permit together with the required monitoring and reporting requirements. Dischargers are no longer allowed to certify that certain pollutants are not present in lieu of monitoring.
California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) regulates toxic effluents under its waste discharge requirements and under the unique California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, commonly referred to as Proposition 65. See the state section DRINKING WATER for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. The SWRCB is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's effluent limitation regulations. RWQCBs are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the ...