Ohio NPDES regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Ohio NPDES: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Authorization to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program: Ohio Revised Code Annotated (ORCA) 6111.03

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NPDES Permits: Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745-33-01 to 3745-33-10, OAC 3745-38-01, and OAC 3745-38-02

NPDES applicability: OAC 3745-33-02

Individual NPDES permits: OAC 3745-38-02(C)

General NPDES permits: OAC 3745-38-02(B) and OAC 3745-38-02(E)

Transfer of NPDES permit: OAC 3745-38-02(K)

Termination of NPDES permit: OAC 3745-38-02(N)

Biosolids: OAC 3745-40-01 to 3745-40-12

Regulatory Agency

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) Division of Surface Water

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Ohio is fully authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program and to issue individual permit. For additional guidance, see the national section NPDES PERMIT.

Ohio also issues general NPDES permits for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activities and for stormwater associated with construction activities. See the state section STORMWATER DISCHARGE PERMITS for more information about stormwater discharge permitting.

The state is also fully authorized to administer NPDES permits for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). For more information about CAFO permitting in Ohio, see the state section AG WASTE.

Administration and enforcement. Ohio EPA's Division of Surface Water is fully authorized to administer and enforce the state's NPDES permit program. Applications for Ohio NPDES permits should be filed ...


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