Alabama Water - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Alabama Water - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Alabama Water Pollution Control Act, Ala. Code 22-22-1 et seq. and regulations at Alabama Administrative Code (Ala. Admin. Code r) 335-6-1 to 335-6-14

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Water quality standards: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-10 and Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-11

Wastewater discharges: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-10-.05 and Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-10-.09

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-6-.01 to r 335-6-10-.09

Registration requirements for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs): Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-7-.01 to r 335-6-7-.34

Wastewater operators: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-10-1-.01 to r 335-10-1-.15

Groundwater: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-8

Drinking water: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-7-1 to r 335-7-14

State indirect discharge (SID) permits: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-5-.03

Surface mining: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-9

Regulatory Agencies

Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Water Division

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The Alabama Water Pollution Control Act provides the state's water quality standards and establishes permitting requirements that may affect state waters. Alabama's water rules are more stringent than federal requirements, as Alabama imposes additional monitoring requirements, fees, and permit conditions.

Administration and enforcement. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management's (ADEM's)) Water Division is responsible for administering and enforcing the state's provisions for water pollution control, including the state's wastewater discharge ...


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