Governing Law and Regulations
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Water
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Virginia Department of Health (DOH)
Virginia State Water Control Board (SWCB)
Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC)
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
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. Virginia is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater permit program known as the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit program. The VPDES permit regulations generally follow the federal regulations, with additional state requirements. This includes the required compliance with water-quality-based effluent limits and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) notification requirement for unpermitted discharges or unusual discharges.
• Administration and ...