Kansas Effluent Limitations regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kansas Effluent Limitations: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Adoption of the federal effluent rules: Kansas Administrative Regulations (KAR) 28-16-57a

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Surface water standards: KAR 28-16-28b to 28-16-28g

Definitions: KAR 28-16-28b

Usage classifications: KAR 28-16-28d

Surface water register: KAR 28-16-28d(d)(2)

Emergencies and accidents: KAR 28-16-27

Groundwater monitoring: KAR 28-29-113

Critical management areas: KAR 28-16-70

Regulatory Agencies

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Division of Environment Bureau of Water

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Kansas has adopted by reference the federal effluent limitations. See the national section EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS and contact the KDHE for more information. If the KDHE determines that the federal effluent limitations are inapplicable, the limitations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

The state has also established specific requirements for surface water quality standards, for emergency and accidental discharges, critical water quality management areas, and effluent trading.

Administration and enforcement. KDHE's Bureau of Water administers the state's water quality program. The Bureau is responsible for including effluent limitations in facility permits and enforcing those requirements under the state's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. See the state section NPDES PERMIT for an overview of the state wastewater discharge permit requirements.

State Requirements


KAR 28-16-28b to 28-16-28g

For all surface waters in Kansas, if existing water ...

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