Georgia Water - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Georgia Water - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Wastewater: Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (GRR): 391-3-6-.06

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Effluent limitations: GRR 391-3-6-.06(4)(a)

Pretreatment standards: GRR 391-3-6-.08 to 391-3-6-.10

Thermal discharges: GRR 391-3-6-.03(6)

Stormwater discharges: GRR 391-3-6-.16

Agricultural waste: GRR 391-3-6-.20 and GRR 391-3-6-.21

Operator certification: GRR 750-3 to 750-10

Drinking water: GRR 391-3-5-.01 to 391-3-5-.42

Groundwater Use Act, Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 12-5-90 to 12-5-107

Oil spills: CGA 12-5-51

Wetlands: CGA 12-5-280 to 12-5-297 and GRR 391-3-16-.03

Enforcement: CGA 12-5-52(a)

Regulatory Agencies

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Protection Division (EPD)

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's water pollution control rules include the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) rules and several more stringent state requirements. Georgia is fully authorized by EPA to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for wastewater dischargers. The state's effluent discharge standards are in many cases more stringent than the federal standards. Georgia also has procedures for obtaining wastewater discharge variances.

EPA has also granted primacy to the state to administer the provisions of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in order to protect drinking water supplies in Georgia.

· Administration and enforcement. DNR's EPD is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the water pollution control and drinking water regulations in ...


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