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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. North Carolina has the authority from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. This includes authority to grant individual and general discharge permits, permits for federal facilities and for pretreatment facilities. The state's NPDES permit and modification requirements generally follow federal rules. See the national section NPDES PERMIT for information on the federal permitting program.
• Administration and enforcement. DENR's DWR administers and enforces North Carolina's NPDES permit program.
State Discharge Permits
North Carolina requires NPDES permits for a discharge from an outlet, point source, or disposal system discharging to the surface waters of the state, and ...