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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Alabama is authorized to administer the pretreatment program in the state, as well as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program.
Alabama controls water pollution under state water quality and minimum effluent treatment standards. The state has adopted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) federal effluent limitations with additional state requirements. Effluent limitations are incorporated into a NPDES permit to protect the various classes of surface water in the state. See the state sections EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS and NPDES PERMIT for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. ADEM's Water Division administers and enforces the state's pretreatment program and water quality program.
The ADEM requires that any industrial discharger that proposes to discharge pollutants into a publicly owned treatment works (POTW) obtain a state indirect discharge (SID) permit from the ADEM. The SID permit imposes federal pretreatment standards under Section 307(b) of the Clean Water Act. The ADEM implements the standards through agreements with municipal sewer systems. A copy of the SID Permit Application form can be accessed in Forms in ...