Governing Law and Regulations
California pretreatment program federal approval: California Water Code (CWC) 13370.5
Discharges to publicly owned treatment works (POTWs): California Government Code (CGC) 54739
Reporting requirements: 23 CCR 2233
Hazardous waste and transportable treatment units (TTUs): 22 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 67450.3
Pollution prevention (P2) plans: CWC 13263.3
California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Division of Water Quality
Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. California is authorized by EPA to administer its own pretreatment program, and the state has adopted regulations meeting the federal requirements. The state also has pretreatment requirements for hazardous waste handling, pollution prevention (P2), and loans.
• Administration and enforcement. In California, the pretreatment standards are usually administered and enforced by the local POTW. If the local POTW has not been authorized to administer the program, the SWRCB and RWQCB offices administer the program.
CAL/EPA PRETREATMENT PROGRAM
Industrial facilities that discharge their wastewater to a POTW do not need an individual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, but may have to pretreat the discharge before discharging to the POTW so that the POTW can meet its NPDES permit limits.
California has established responsibilities of state and local government, industry, and the public ...