Virginia NPDES regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia NPDES: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

State Water Control Law, Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 62.1-44.2 to 62.1-44.34:28

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Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits: 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 25-31-10 to 25-31-410

Individual permits: 9 VAC 25-31-100

General permits: 9 VAC 25-31-170

Permit conditions: 9 VAC 25-31-190

Permit fees: 9 VAC 25-20-100 to 25-20-130

Biosolids and sewage sludge: 9 VAC 25-31-420 to 25-31-720

Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) permits: 9 VAC 25-32-10 to 25-32-300

Application process: 9 VAC 25-32-60 to 25-32-70

Permit requirements: 9 VAC 25-32-80 to 25-32-90

Regulatory Agencies

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.

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