North Carolina Wastewater Variances regulations & environmental compliance analysis

North Carolina Wastewater Variances: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Pretreatment standards: 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 2H.0912

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Surface water quality standards: 15A NCAC 2B.0226

Groundwater quality standards: 15A NCAC 2L.0102(3) and 15A NCAC 2L.0113

Application for variance: 15A NCAC 2L.0113(c)

Public hearing: 15A NCAC 2L.0113(e)

Stormwater management: 15A NCAC 02H.1019

Regulatory Agencies

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Division of Water Resources

DENR DWR Public Water Supply Section

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. North Carolina has adopted several rules allowing standards from state water quality variances under certain circumstances. The variance may be used as a procedural mechanism when seeking a more or less stringent categorical pretreatment standard than the one currently applicable to that particular type of industrial facility. See the national section WASTEWATER VARIANCES for additional information.

Administration and enforcement. DENR's Division of Water Resources, together with EPA's Region 4 office, administers and enforces North Carolina's wastewater variance rules. Any notice of a public hearing on a variance must also be mailed to DENR's Public Water Supply Section.

State Requirements

PRETREATMENT STANDARDS

15A NCAC 2H.0912

North Carolina has adopted the federal "fundamentally different factors" variance for wastewater. The variance may be used as a procedural mechanism when seeking a more or less stringent categorical pretreatment standard than the one currently applicable to that particular type of ...


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North Carolina Wastewater Variances Resources

Type Title
Forms WPDES Discharge Permit Ammonia Limits Variance Application
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