Kentucky Leading Way in EPA’s NPDES Usage

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) eRule for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program became effective on Dec. 21, 2015. You can see EPA’s eRule page at http://www.epa.gov/compliance/final-national-pollutant-discharge-elimination-system-npdes-electronic-reporting-rule).

Kentucky is leading the nation in the rule’s implementation.

The rule makes major changes in reporting for many regulated entities and programs.

The rule requires NPDES regulated entities (facilities with Clean Water Act discharge permits) to submit many types of required program reports in a secure, electronic format.  The eRule is expected to increase the accuracy of NPDES compliance data, save time and money for both the regulated community and the regulating agencies by eliminating duplicate data entry, sets standards for required data fields, and provides standard methods for submitting the required program data.

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EPA report shows Kentucky leads nation in online reporting of wastewater discharge data

An internal report provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that Kentucky leads the nation in the number of electronic discharge monitoring reports provided by facilities holding permits issued through the National Pollutant Discharge Monitoring System (NPDES).

In the eleven-month period between January and November 2013, of the 53,756 electronic reports received from NPDES-permitted facilities nationwide, approximately one-fourth of them (11,766) were submitted by facilities holding NPDES permits in Kentucky.

The NPDES program permits wastewater discharges as required under the Clean Water Act. In Kentucky, the Division of Water (DOW) is responsible for administering the Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES).  An essential part of the KPDES permit is the discharge monitoring report, or DMR. The DMR is a self-reporting tool that helps determine compliance with permit conditions and assess the quality of the wastewater discharge. Continue reading “EPA report shows Kentucky leads nation in online reporting of wastewater discharge data”

Online Tool Released to Determine NetDMR Due Date

The Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) has released a new online tool to help KPDES (wastewater) permittees determine when they must begin submitting their Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs) electronically using NetDMR. DEP anticipates moving all permittees that require DMR submission to NetDMR by mid-2014. As permits are renewed, permit languages will be modified to reflect these new requirements and permittees will receive a notification letter from the Department of Water specifying the date of transition. DEP encourages permittees to go ahead and search for their NetDMR due date and sign up for a NetDMR test account to practice submissions. NetDMR is a web-based application that allows permittees to electronically sign and submit DMRs. Switching to NetDMR will result in reduced paperwork, increased efficiency and improved data quality.

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KPDES Facilities Get Ready for NetDMR

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”