Virginia Effluent Limitations regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia Effluent Limitations: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Federal effluent guidelines: 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 25-31-30

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Water quality standards: 9 VAC 25-260-5 to 25-260-550

Establishing limitations in Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits: 9 VAC 25-31-220

Effluent limitations: 9 VAC 25-31-220 and 9 VAC 25-210-110

VPDES permit conditions: 9 VAC 25-31-230

Net limitations: 9 VAC 25-31-230.G.1.b.

Nutrient enriched waters: 9 VAC 25-40-40 to 25-40-70

Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs): 9 VAC 25-31-230.G.3 and 9 VAC 25-720-20 to 25-720-130

Antidegradation policy: 9 VAC 25-260-30

Toxic effluent standards for Virginia Water Protection (VWP) permits: 9 VAC 25-210-110

Regulatory Agencies

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Water

Virginia State Water Control Board (Board)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Virginia is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), known as the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) in the state, which includes the authority to set effluent limitations. Virginia has adopted the federal technology-based effluent limitations. See the national section EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS for more information on the federal limitations.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Division of Water is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's effluent limitation regulations.

State Requirements


9 VAC 25-31-220 and 9 VAC 25-210-110

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