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NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule

a.k.a. NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule

RIN: 2020-AA47 (What's this?)

Docket No.: EPA-HQ-OECA-2009-0274 (What's this?)

Current Phase: Proposal (What's this?)

This rule converts NPDES required paper reports to electronic reports and will save authorized state, tribe and territorial NPDES programs considerable resources, make reporting easier for NPDES regulated entities, streamline permit renewals and NPDES data exchange between states and EPA, improve environmental decision-making, and more effectively protect human health and the environment.

This rule changes the mode for transmitting NPDES information by requiring that NPDES regulated entities electronically submit the following permit and compliance monitoring information: Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs); Notices of Intent (NOIs) and similar notices to discharge in compliance with NPDES general permits; and a number of required NPDES program reports. This change will expedite the collection and processing of the data and make data more accurate and timely. Importantly, the rule does not require any new reporting by NPDES regulated entities under existing federal regulations. EPA anticipates that the rule will save significant resources for states, tribes, and territories, EPA and NPDES permit holders, increase accuracy, streamline the reporting process, and improve data quality.

Public Meeting: Published in FR07/01/2010
Public Meeting: Public Meeting07/13/2010
Public Meeting: Published in FR06/23/2011
Public Meeting: Public Meeting07/13/2011
NPRM: Sent to OMB for Regulatory Review12/22/2011
NPRM: Received by OMB01/20/2012
NPRM: Regulatory Review Concluded07/01/2013
NPRM: Comment Period Open07/30/2013
NPRM: Published in FR07/30/2013
NPRM: Comment Period Closed10/28/2013
NPRM: Comment Period Extension Published in FR10/29/2013
NPRM: Comment Period Closed with Extension12/12/2013
Supplemental NPRM: Sent to OMB for Regulatory Review04/10/2014
Supplemental NPRM: Received by OMB04/12/2014
Supplemental NPRM: Regulatory Review Concluded11/18/2014
Supplemental NPRM: Comment Period Open12/01/2014
Supplemental NPRM: Published in FR12/01/2014
Supplemental NPRM: Comment Period Closed01/30/2015
Final Rule: Sent to OMB for Regulatory Review06/29/2015
Final Rule: Received by OMB07/01/2015
Final Rule: Regulatory Review Concluded09/22/2015
Final Rule: Published in FR10/2015 (projected)

Potential Effects

Environmental Justice
This rulemaking involves a topic that is likely to be of particular interest to or have particular impact upon minority, low-income, tribal, and/or other vulnerable populations because:

  • This topic is likely to affect the availability of information to vulnerable populations.

Federal Government - other agencies
Likely to be regulated by this rule.
Likely to be involved in the implementation of this rule.

This rulemaking is likely to have federalism implications, as defined by E.O. 13132.

Local Governments
Likely to be regulated by this rule.

Small Entities

Small governments are:

  • Likely to be regulated by this rule.

State Governments
Likely to be regulated by this rule.
Likely to be involved in the implementation of this rule.

Tribal Governments
Likely to be regulated by this rule.
Likely to be involved in the implementation of this rule.

Participate / Learn More Regulatory Review

Some of EPA's rulemakings undergo regulatory review (What's this?), as prescribed by Executive Order 12866 and coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The following list describes which of this rulemaking's stages have completed review and published in the Federal Register, if any, and provides links to the review documents where available. Consult the "Timeline" section of this Web page for the dates of each review.

  • NPRM - This stage of the rulemaking underwent review.
  • NPRM - No Information Available.
  • Supplemental NPRM - This stage of the rulemaking underwent review.
  • Final Rule - This stage of the rulemaking underwent review.
Citations & Authorities

Federal Register Citations

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Citation
40 CFR 123;40 CFR 403;40 CFR 501

Legal Authority
33 U.S.C. 1314;33 U.S.C. 1361


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