Pennsylvania Water - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Water - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Wastewater: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 92a.1 to 92a.104

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Effluent limitations: 25 Pa. Code 92a.44

Stormwater: 25 Pa. Code 92a.32

Agricultural waste: 25 Pa. Code 92a.29

Operator certification: 25 Pa. Code 302.101 to 302.1209

Drinking water: 25 Pa. Code 109.1 to 109.1108

Groundwater: 35 Pennsylvania Statutes (Pa. Stat.) 691.1 et seq.

Drought emergencies: 4 Pa. Code 118.1 to 118.10 and 4 Pa. Code 119.1 to 119.6

Contingency plans: 4 Pa. Code 118.5

Oil spills: 25 Pa. Code 245.1 to 245.708

Wetlands: 25 Pa. Code 105.1 to 105.449

Regulatory Agencies

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Water Management

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) North Atlantic Division Philadelphia District

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

• Rules. Pennsylvania has incorporated many of the federal water pollution control requirements into its regulatory scheme. The state is fully authorized to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program and has received primacy from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce the regulations of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Pennsylvania does not have authority to administer the federal pretreatment program in the state.

Pennsylvania has also created state-specific requirements for oil spill prevention and response, as well as wetland protection and permitting. Pennsylvania has also established procedures for a Commonwealth Drought Coordinator to review and approve plans by public water supply agencies or political subdivisions ...


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