Governing Law and Regulations
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Bureau of Water
Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Illinois operates two separate wastewater permit programs: the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit discharge program and the state construction/operating permit program.
Illinois is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue NPDES permits but does not have authority to manage pretreatment or sludge applications. The permits establish the conditions under which the discharge may occur, and they also establish monitoring and reporting requirements. This Illinois NPDES program follows the federal standards, including the use of their application and permit forms. Illinois rules are more stringent in areas in which biologically significant waters are present. See the national section NPDES PERMIT for more information regarding the federal NPDES requirements.
The Illinois state construction/operating permit program regulates the construction of new ...