Governing Law and Regulations
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.