Georgia Wastewater Variances regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Georgia Wastewater Variances: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Georgia Water Quality Control Act, Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 12-5-20 to 12-5-53

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Fundamentally different factors(FDF) variance: Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (GRR) 391-3-6-.10

Water quality standards variance: GRR 391-3-6-.03

Erosion and sedimentation control: GRR 391-3-7-.05

Variance eligibility: GRR 391-3-7-.05(2)

Temporary impacts: GRR 391-3-7-.05(3)

Permanent impacts: GRR 391-3-7-.05(4)

Variance conditions: GRR 391-3-7-.05(7)

Regulatory Agencies

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Water Protection Branch

Local Soil and Water Conservation Districts

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)

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. Georgia generally follows the federal requirements for granting wastewater variances under CGA 12-5-20 to 12-5-53. For additional guidance, see the national section WASTEWATER VARIANCES.

Georgia has adopted the federal requirements for variances from categorical pretreatment standards based on fundamentally different factors (FDF). The state rules provide for specific variance application procedures. For more information about the pretreatment program in Georgia, see the state section PRETREATMENT STANDARDS.

The state grants variances to water quality standards if certain factors are satisfied. Georgia also provides buffer variances for projects in the area of land immediately adjacent to the banks of state waters.

Administration and enforcement. Although EPA actually grants or denies an FDF variance request, EPD's Water ...


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