Alabama Wastewater Variances regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Alabama Wastewater Variances: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Water quality standards: Alabama Administrative Code (Ala. Admin. Code r) 335-6-1 to 335-6-14

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Alabama Water Pollution Control Act, Alabama Code (Ala. Code) 22-22-1 to 22-22-14

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-6-.01 to 335-6-6-.24

NPDES variances: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-6-.22

Pretreatment: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-5-.08

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs): Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-7-.22

Coastal areas: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-8-1-.13

Regulatory Agencies

Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Water Division

ADEM Field Operations Division

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. Alabama has adopted by reference federal regulations for variances from effluent limitations or categorical pretreatment standards. Effluent limitations must be implemented in order to protect state water quality standards. See the national section WASTEWATER VARIANCES for the federal requirements.

ADEM also issues variances for permits covering activities in coastal areas.

Administration and enforcement. ADEM's Water Division administers and enforces the water quality rules in Alabama under the authority of the Alabama Water Pollution Control Act. Variance requests under the state's NPDES permit program Coastal Area Management Program are processed by ADEM.

State Requirements


Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-6-.22

Requests for variances must be submitted to ADEM. If ADEM determines that the variance should be granted, it will forward the ...

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