Kentucky Effluent Limitations regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kentucky Effluent Limitations: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Adoption of federal effluent limitations for Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) permits: 401 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 5:050 to 5:080

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Surface water standards: 401 KAR 10:031

Antidegradation: 401 KAR 10:029 to 401 KAR 10:030

Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and waste load allocations (WLAs): 401 KAR 5:055

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO): Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 224.18-760

Regulatory Agencies

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO)

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. Kentucky has adopted many of its own effluent limitation regulations in addition to the federal water quality-based and technology-based approaches to effluent limitations. The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is fully authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer and enforce the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program in Kentucky. The Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) permit program is the state's equivalent of the federal NPDES permits. See the state section NPDES PERMIT for additional guidance. For example, the state has its own regulations for effluent limitations related to KPDES-permitted facilities discharging to water bodies with established total maximum daily loads (TMDLs). The state has adopted the federal requirements for toxic substances ...


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