Companies and facilities who discharge stormwater and wastewater into the waterways of the United States will now have a new way of reporting information. As part of the Clean Water Act, permits are required in order for a company or facility to discharge wastewater and stormwater. The purpose is to ensure that human health and the environment is not affected by the contaminated discharge. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule will now require facilities to submit reports and data electronically instead of in paper form. Documents will include Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs), Notices of Intent to Discharge and additional program reports. Entities under the NPDES program will also submit reporting data to the EPA electronically.
Transparency among companies and entities, consistent data entry and compliance monitoring are just a few of the benefits of the new rule. Not to mention, the vast cost savings and time spent entering and submitting the data.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will finalize the rule in the Federal Register later this month. Implementation of the new procedures will take place over a period of five years and in two phases.
For more information regarding the NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule, visit the EPA online.