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Frequent Questions

NPDES e-Reporting Rule

  1. Proposed Rule Basic Information
  2. Why do we need the Proposed Rule?
  3. How can I join the discussion on the NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule?
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  1. Reporting Requirements
  2. For non-authorized states, where EPA handles all NPDES permitting, will you also implement the electronic reporting?
  3. What accommodations will have to be made to deal with NPDES data that is being submitted against an old format permit? Some permittees do not have the new format permit and that is a prerequisite to entering data electronically in the system.
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  1. Data Systems and Electronic Rules
  2. Will EPA provide "dry run" software practice sessions like EPA did with e-GGRT (electronic Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool)?
  3. Which states do not have proposed or existing eDMR/Net DMR systems?
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  1. Implementation Plan
  2. What does Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Proposed Rule implementation plan entail?
  3. 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?
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  1. Economic Analysis
  2. How much will be saved under the Rule?
  3. Who will finance the change from paper data entry to electronic for the small dischargers?
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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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