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Frequent Questions

NPDES e-Reporting Rule

  1. Proposed Rule Basic Information
  2. Why is this Proposed Rule beneficial?
  3. What data will be required to be submitted by NPDES-regulated facilities electronically?
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  1. Reporting Requirements
  2. Will the Proposed Rule deal with the question of what records a permittee must keep for things submitted electronically? Will a facility still need to maintain a paper copy for 3 years or whatever the requirement is?
  3. Who will be granted a temporary waiver from the proposed rule?
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  1. Data Systems and Electronic Rules
  2. How often will we have to change our password?
  3. Will NPDES Permit renewals be done electronically also?
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  1. Implementation Plan
  2. Would a state that administers its own PDES (Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) program, such as Kentucky (KPDES), follow the same timeline of implementation or would they need to promulgate their own programs that follow the national program?
  3. What does Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Proposed Rule implementation plan entail?
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  1. Economic Analysis
  2. Who will finance the change from paper data entry to electronic for the small dischargers?
  3. How much will be saved under the Rule?
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  1. Sector-Specific Issues
  2. Combined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) If an Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) is inspected and shown not to be in violation of the Clean Water Act and does not need a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, why would EPA publish information about this operation on EPA’s ECHO website?
  3. Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4s) Many annual program reports for municipal stormwater permits, is in narrative form, not very conducive to simple data entry. How might this change for e-reporting?
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