New York Stormwater-General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New York Stormwater-General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permits: 6 New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR) Subpart 750-1.1 to 750-2.11

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SPDES permit applications and limitations: New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) 17-0801 to 17-0831

Regulatory Agencies

New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Water Bureau of Water Permits

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New York is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater discharge permit program. The NPDES program is known as the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) program in the state.

The state authorizes general SPDES permits for industrial facilities, construction activities, and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). Like the federal rules, facilities and activities that are not eligible for coverage under a general permit must file individual permit applications, unless a waiver is authorized by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). SPDES permit rules generally follow the federal permit program, with additional fee requirements and more stringent requirements for discharges associated with construction activity. Stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs) must be prepared and implemented before a facility submits its application for permit coverage.


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