New Jersey Effluent Limitations regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New Jersey Effluent Limitations: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

New Jersey Water Pollution Control Act, New Jersey Statutes Annotated (NJSA) 58:10A-1 to 58:10A-37

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Surface water quality standards: New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC) 7:9B-1.1 to 7:9B-1.15

Effluent standards:

Direct and indirect discharges: NJAC 7:14A-12.1 to 7:14A-12.11 and Appendices

Discharge to surface water (DSW) permits: NJAC 7:14A-13.1 to 7:14A-13.21

Surface water quality: NJAC 7:9B-1.5

Classifications: NJAC 7:9B-1.4, NJAC 7:9B-1.12, and NJAC 7:9-B-1.15

Modification to limits: NJAC 7:9B-1.8 and NJAC 7:9B-1.9

Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs): NJAC 7:15-5.1 to 7:15-5.4

Regulatory Agencies

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water Quality

New Jersey Pinelands Commission

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New Jersey establishes effluent limitations and water quality standards under authority of the New Jersey Water Pollution Control Act. New Jersey follows the federal scheme regarding effluent limitations. State requirements are more stringent than federal requirements for certain water bodies and specific analytical parameters.

Administration and enforcement. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Water Quality is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's effluent limitations regulations.

State Requirements


New Jersey has established effluent standards for all discharges into surface waters of the state.

Direct and Indirect Discharges

NJAC 7:14A-12.1 to 7:14A-12.11 and Appendices

The state has regulations for federal and state effluent standards which may be ...

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