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Frequent Questions

NPDES e-Reporting Rule

  1. Proposed Rule Basic Information
  2. Will the Proposed Rule lead to Federalism implications?
  3. Why is this Proposed Rule beneficial?
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  1. Reporting Requirements
  2. Many states have a different certification statement for Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) testing. How will this be accommodated?
  3. Are you looking to also have permittees doing all permit applications (e.g., Form 2C) electronically?
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  1. Data Systems and Electronic Rules
  2. How will discharges use the electronic system for facilities that have not been assigned outfall numbers?
  3. How will dischargers be able to confirm that their data was put into EPA's system correctly?
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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. Which 9 states were surveyed for the economic analysis?
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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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