Kentucky Water - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kentucky Water - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES): Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 224.70-120, 401 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 5:050 to 5:300

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Agricultural waste: 401 KAR 5:060, Section 10

Stormwater: 401 KAR 5:055

Wastewater variances: 401 KAR 5:055, Sections 3 and 4

Wastewater treatment operators: 401 KAR 5:010

Drinking water: 401 KAR 8:010 to 8:700

Groundwater: 401 KAR 5:037

Regulatory Agencies

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water

DEP Regional Offices

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)

Tennessee Valley Authority

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. Kentucky protects its water resources through various state programs, primary water pollution control through DEP's permits for the discharge of pollutants under the KPDES permit program, and state drinking water rules. The protection programs include the design and operation of wastewater treatment facilities and the state Wild Rivers Program for the protection of state streams. DEP also issues construction permits for dams and stream obstructions, withdrawals of public water, and for oil and gas facility activities that may have an adverse effect on state waters.

Administration and enforcement. DEP's Division of Water administers and enforces the state's water pollution control regulations. The individual regional offices of DEP listed in the state section ADDRESSES & CONTACTS are responsible for the administration of wastewater discharge permits. The Division of ...


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