Georgia Effluent Limitations regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Georgia Effluent Limitations: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Adoption of the federal effluent limitation requirements: Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (GRR) 391-3-6-.06(4)(a).

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Water quality standards: GRR 391-3-6-.01 to 391-3-6-.21

Natural conditions: GRR 391-3-6-.03(3)(h)

Specific effluent standards: GRR 391-3-6-.03(5)(d)

Permit limits: GRR 391-3-6-.03(3)(g)

New discharges: GRR 391-3-6-.06(4)(e)

Stormwater discharges: GRR 391-3-7-.06

Agricultural discharges: GRR 391-3-6-.20

Regulatory Agencies

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division (EPD)

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

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Georgia's effluent limitations are based on water quality standards and are dependent on the receiving water and the constituent discharged. The state has adopted the federal effluent limitations and also applies more stringent standards for some water bodies and pollutants.

Administration and enforcement. EPD is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's effluent limitations.

State Requirements


Generally, effluent limitations apply to discharges of wastewaters to surface or groundwater. To learn more about gaining these permits in Georgia see the state section NPDES PERMIT. Specific laboratory test methods are also required and these are dependent on the type and nature of the wastewater being discharged. To learn more about the laboratory requirements, see the state section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING.


GRR 391-3-6-.03(3)(h)

Georgia defines baseline conditions as "natural conditions." ...

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