EPA Finalizes Rule to Require Electronic Reporting for NPDES Permittees

September 24, 2015, Administrator Gina McCarthy signed the final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule for publication in the Federal Register.  The publication of this rule is the latest step in an extensive multi-year outreach effort with EPA’s state, tribal and territorial partners.  This rule will replace most paper-based Clean Water Act (CWA) NPDES permitting and compliance monitoring reporting requirements with electronic reporting.

The rule requires that NPDES regulated entities electronically submit the following permit and compliance monitoring information instead of using paper reports:

  • Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs);
  • Notices of Intent to discharge in compliance with a general permit; and
  • Program reports.


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