DEP Issues a “Frequently Asked Questions” Document Addressing the Existing Kentucky KPDES Coal General Permit

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection finalized a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on Feb. 1, 2013, with respect to the current KPDES general permit (KYG040000) for wastewater discharges from coal mining operations.

The FAQ document is an aid available to the coal mining industry with clear explanations of topics critical for complying with the requirements under the Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.  Among the topics the FAQ discusses are how to complete Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs), coal effluent limits, alternate precipitation effluent limitations, no discharge events, changes in mining phases, sampling, and flow.

The document, entitled “Frequently Asked Questions About the KPDES Coal General Permit Issued on August 1, 2009”, is available on the Division of Enforcement (DENF) website at or the Division of Water (DOW) website at

For further information or questions, please contact the DENF Compliance and Operations Branch at 502-564-2150 or the DOW Surface Water Permits Branch at 502-564-3410.