New York Effluent Limitations regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New York Effluent Limitations: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

New York State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permits: 6 New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR) 750-1.1 to 750-2.11

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Surface water classifications: 6 NYCRR 701.1 to 701.14

Fresh surface waters (FSWs): 6 NYCRR 701.2 to 701.9

Saline surface waters (SSWs): 6 NYCRR 701.10 to 701.14

Water-quality-based limitations: 6 NYCRR 702.16

Discharge restrictions: 6 NYCRR 701.21

"No new discharges": 6 NYCRR 701.23

Specified substances: 6 NYCRR 701.24

SPDES permits limitations: 6 NYCRR 750-1.10

Regulatory Agencies

New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of Natural Resources and Water Quality Division of Water

New York State Department of Health (DOH)

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

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New York requires facilities to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) federal effluent limitations. In addition, the state has some of its own water-quality-based standards, which may be more stringent than federal requirements in certain situations. Effluent limitations will be set out in your facility permit.

The state has also adopted the federal toxic effluent standards. See the national section EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS for details.

Specific effluent limitations are specified in SPDES permits for point source discharges, depending on various factors such as, but not limited to, the type of discharge, the surface water classification, and total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) (6 NYCRR 750-1.1 to 750-2.11).

New York has developed several TMDLs on a watershed basis, including, but not limited ...


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