In the age of the Internet, it’s no surprise that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mapped out a nationwide plan to move to electronic reporting for NPDES facilities. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program permits wastewater discharges as required under the Clean Water Act. In Kentucky, the Division of Water (DOW) is responsible for administering the KPDES program. An essential part of any KPDES permit is the Discharge Monitoring Report or DMR. DMRs are a self-reporting tool that helps determine compliance with permit conditions and assess the quality of the wastewater discharge. This DMR data is housed in the EPA’s Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS) and available to the public via the EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO).
With the EPA’s announcement that regulations would be developed requiring transition to an electronic reporting system for DMRs in early 2014, Kentucky was quick to take action. Now fully deployed for NetDMR, the national EPA tool for electronic reporting, Kentucky is actively notifying and educating facilities on the use of the new system. DOW anticipates having 100 percent of KPDES facilities transitioned by mid-2014. With more than 10,000 facilities currently permitted, this is no small task for DOW. A combination of online tools, classroom training and working through the trade associations are being Continue reading “KPDES Facilities Get Ready for NetDMR”