New York NPDES regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New York NPDES: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

State pollutant discharge elimination system (SPDES) program: 6 New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR) Subparts 750-1.1 to 750-2.11

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Prohibited discharges: 6 NYCRR 750-1.3

Permit types:

General permits: 6 NYCRR 750-1.21

Individual permits: 6 NYCRR 750-1.6

Permit applications: 6 NYCRR 750-1.7

Permit fees: 6 NYCRR 485.1 to 485.3

Permit conditions:

Permit modifications: 6 NYCRR 750-1.18

Transfers: 6 NYCRR 750-1.17

Water treatment chemicals: 6 NYCRR 750-1.7(b)(13)

Monitoring requirements: 6 NYCRR 750-1.13

Regulatory Agencies

New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Water Bureau of Water Permits

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New York is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program for state permits, general permits, and federal facilities under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). Applicants use the state permit application and the program is referred to as the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit program.

The New York SPDES program is broader in scope than the federal program, as it controls point source discharges to groundwater in addition to surface water.

Administration and enforcement. DEC's Division of Water issues SPDES permits in New York.

State Requirements


New York also issues SPDES general permits for stormwater discharges. See the state section STORMWATER—GENERAL for a detailed discussion of these permits.

In addition, New York ...

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