California Effluent Limitations regulations & environmental compliance analysis

California Effluent Limitations: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Wastewater discharge report requirements: 23 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 2200 to 2236

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Water Quality Control Plans (WQCPs): 23 CCR 3000 to 3008 and 23 CCR 3900 to 3989.7

Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65), California Health and Safety Code (CH & SC) 25249.5

Exemptions: CH & SC 25249.9

Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs): 23 CCR 2916

Regulatory Agencies

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Cal/EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

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 ...


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