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.