December 21 deadline approaches for electronic NPDES reports

States will begin sharing compliance information electronically

Posted December 12, 2016

By December 21, 2016, regulated entities that currently submit discharge monitoring reports must begin reporting electronically instead of on paper.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule, which is intended to modernize Clean Water Act reporting for municipalities and industry, was published in October 2015. The rule requires facilities that discharge pollutants to surface waters to file electronically:

  • Discharge Monitoring Reports,
  • Notices of Intent to discharge in compliance with a general permit, and
  • Other specified program reports.

In addition, regulated entities in 42 states where EPA implements the Federal Biosolids Program must begin submitting reports electronically on December 21.

EPA says that states and other regulatory authorities share information electronically on their compliance monitoring, violation determinations, and enforcement actions.

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