West Virginia Effluent Limitations regulations & environmental compliance analysis

West Virginia Effluent Limitations: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

West Virginia Water Pollution Control Act, West Virginia Code (WV Code) 22-11-1 to 22-11-29

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National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits: West Virginia Regulations (WV Reg.) 47-10-15

West Virginia water quality standards: WV Reg. 47-2-1 to 47-2-9 and Appendices A through E

Effluent limitations: WV Reg. 47-2-8

Water categories: WV Reg. 47-2-6

Antidegradation: WV Reg. 47-2-4, WV Reg. 47-2A-1 to 47-2A-6, and WV Reg. 60-5-1 to 60-5-8

Regulatory Agencies

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water and Waste Management

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. The state has adopted the federal effluent limitations under the authority of the West Virginia Water Pollution Control Act. DEP incorporates the effluent limitations into the NPDES permits by reference.

Administration and enforcement. DEP's Division of Water and Waste Management administers and enforces the state's water quality program.

State Requirements


WV Reg. 47-2-8

NPDES discharges are regulated by treatment standards and water quality standards.

The treatment standards are known as technology-based effluent limitation guidelines and follow EPA's guidelines for most industrial categories. These effluent limitations identify pollutants likely to be discharged by a particular industry and establish the limits that are achievable by that industry for each identified pollutant. The specific effluent limitations are contained in the facility's NPDES permit as allowable daily maximum ...

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