Governing Law and Regulations
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Water Management Bureau of Point and Nonpoint Source Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Pennsylvania is fully authorized to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for wastewater discharges. The state follows the federal NPDES rules relating to permit modifications. See the national section NPDES PERMIT for a review of these federal rules.
The state is fully authorized to issue NPDES permits for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). See the state section AG WASTE for additional guidance. Pennsylvania also issues NPDES general and individual permits for stormwater discharges associated with industrial and construction activities. See the state section STORMWATER—GENERAL for information on these permits.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Point and Nonpoint Source Management administers and enforces the NPDES permit program in Pennsylvania, except permits for pretreatment facilities. The Regional Clean Water Programs of the DEP issue the majority of NPDES permits for sewage, industrial waste, stormwater, municipal ...