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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 ...