Kentucky Stormwater-General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kentucky Stormwater-General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Water pollution agency designation for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits: Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 224.16-050 and KRS 224.16-060

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Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) rules: 401 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 5:050

Applicability: 401 KAR 5:060

Regulatory Agencies

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Kentucky follows the federal regulations for stormwater discharges under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program. The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the NPDES permit program for point source discharges, including those related to stormwater. Kentucky has individual and general permits available for stormwater discharges related to industrial facilities, construction activities, and municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4s).

See the national section STORMWATER—GENERAL for more information on the federal program, and the state sections STORMWATER—INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES, STORMWATER—CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES, and STORMWATER— MUNICIPALITIES for information on the state requirements for these specific types of stormwater discharges.

Administration and enforcement. DEP's Division of Water administers and enforces the stormwater discharge permit rules in Kentucky.

State Requirements


401 KAR 5:060

Stormwater that discharges to waters of the state requires permit coverage from the DEP. Kentucky has both individual and general permits for stormwater discharges. A facility may request an individual permit if it exhibits characteristics that are different from those facilities covered by the state's general permits. Examples of different characteristics include the following:

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