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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Minnesota is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. The state's NPDES permit and modification requirements include the federal standards plus the state's permit application procedures and annual fees. For more information about the federal requirements, see the national section NPDES PERMIT.
Minnesota also issues NPDES general permits for stormwater discharges. See the state section STORMWATER—GENERAL for further information. State Disposal System (SDS) permits are required for disposal of wastewater other than to surface waters.
The state also issues NPDES permits and/or SDS permits to feedlots in the state. See the state section AG WASTE for additional guidance.
• Administration and enforcement. The MPCA administers and enforces the NPDES permit program in Minnesota.
NPDES permits regulate wastewater discharges to lakes, streams, wetlands, and other surface waters. SDS permits regulate the construction and operation of wastewater disposal systems, including land ...