National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule

Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OECA-2009-0274
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

This rule converts National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) required paper reports to electronic reports and will save authorized State, tribe and territorial NPDES programs considerable resources, make reporting easier for NPDES-regulated entities, streamline permit renewals and NPDES data exchange between States and EPA, improve environmental decision-making, and more effectively protect human health and the environment. This rule changes the mode for transmitting NPDES information by requiring that NPDES-regulated entities electronically submit the following permit and compliance monitoring information: Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs); Notices of Intent (NOIs) and similar notices to discharge in compliance with NPDES general permits; and a number of required NPDES program reports. This change will expedite the collection and processing of the data and make data more accurate and timely. Importantly, the rule does not require any new reporting by NPDES-regulated entities under existing federal regulations. EPA anticipates that the rule will save significant resources for States, tribes, and territories, EPA and NPDES permit holders, increase accuracy, streamline the reporting process, and improve data quality.

RIN: 2020-AA47
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 123,40 CFR 403,40 CFR 501
Priority: Other Significant
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Publication Period: Fall 2015
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 33 U.S.C. 1314, 33 U.S.C. 1361
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal
Federalism Implications: Yes
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
Notice07/01/201075 FR 38068
Notice06/23/201176 FR 36919
NPRM07/30/201378 FR 46005
NPRM Comment Period Extended10/29/201378 FR 64435
Supplemental NPRM12/01/201479 FR 70066
Final Rule10/22/201580 FR 64063
Final Rule Effective12/21/2015
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Short Title: NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule
Keyword(s): pollution, wastewater, permits, compliance monitoring, NPDES, discharge monitoring reports, DMR, pretreatment, biosolids, concentrated animal feeding operations, sewer overflows, stormwater, data, electronic reporting
Type: Rulemaking
Location: HQ-OECA

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Jan 30, 2015 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 12/01/2014
ID: EPA-HQ-OECA-2009-0274-0374
Comment Period Closed
Dec 12, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 07/30/2013
ID: EPA-HQ-OECA-2009-0274-0097
Comments Not Accepted
Posted: 10/22/2015
ID: EPA-HQ-OECA-2009-0274-0521
Comments Not Accepted
Proposed Rule
Posted: 10/29/2013
ID: EPA-HQ-OECA-2009-0274-0211
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 06/23/2011
ID: EPA-HQ-OECA-2009-0274-0001

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 10/27/2015
ID: EPA-HQ-OECA-2009-0274-0576
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 10/26/2015
ID: EPA-HQ-OECA-2009-0274-0575
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 10/22/2015
ID: EPA-HQ-OECA-2009-0274-0556


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Agency Contact
Carey Johnston
Carey Johnston
202 566-1014
202 566-1053 (Fax)
Washington, DC 20460
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