Governing Law and Regulations
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Virginia is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater permit program, including general permit authority for stormwater discharges associated with municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). In Virginia, individual and general permits issued for the control of stormwater discharges from MS4s are known as Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) permits. See the national section STORMWATER—MUNICIPALITIES for more information on the federal MS4 stormwater permitting program. Virginia issues general permits to small MS4s and individual permits to large and medium MS4s.
The Virginia Stormwater Management Act enables local governments to establish management plans and adopt ordinances that require control and treatment of stormwater runoff to prevent flooding and contamination of local waterways. Local programs must meet or exceed the minimum standards contained in regulations. Under the Act, state agencies must employ management practices regardless of ...