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About NPDES

OVERVIEW

The Water Permits Division (WPD) within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Wastewater Management leads and manages the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program in partnership with EPA Regional Offices, states, tribes, and other stakeholders. To ensure the NPDES permit program is effective, WPD performs a wide variety of activities, including:

  • Shaping the direction of the national NPDES permit program;
  • Producing policies and regulations;
  • Developing technical and administrative tools to support permit issuance;
  • Tracking and managing critical information related to permit issuance, permit quality, and point source pollution abatement;
  • Overseeing the programs managed by the States and Regional Offices; and
  • Providing access to information on NPDES permitting to promote increased awareness and involvement in the NPDES permitting process.

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Additional information on WPD and the management of the NPDES permit program can be found through the links provided below.

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