Vermont Stormwater-General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Vermont Stormwater-General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

National pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permit program: Vermont Administrative Rules (VAR) 12-033-002

Stormwater management rule for nonstormwater impaired waters: VAR 12-030-018A Stormwater management rule for stormwater impaired waters: VAR 12-030-019
Regulatory Agencies
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Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Watershed Management Division

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1

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Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. Vermont is authorized to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Vermont issues general NPDES permits for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activities and for large and small construction activities, and state stormwater permits for runoff from impervious surfaces.

Vermont rules are more stringent because some types of general permits are not available where stormwater has a potential to discharge to impaired waters. Seventeen of Vermont’s waters are listed as impaired primarily because of urban stormwater runoff. Separate regulatory requirements exist for stormwater discharges depending on the water body that will receive the stormwater discharges.

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. DEC's NPDES stormwater regulations are administered and enforced by the ...


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