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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New Jersey has been delegated primacy from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program, and promulgate rules and regulations to enforce the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
New Jersey has also enacted its own counterpart to the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan. The state's Discharge Prevention, Containment, and Countermeasure (DPCC) Plan and Discharge Cleanup and Removal (DCR) Plan requirements establish necessary steps to take in the event of an oil spill into state waters.