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EPA/WATER RIN: 2040-AF25 Publication ID: Spring 2015 
Title: National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Application and Program Updates Rule 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to propose regulations that would update specific elements of the existing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) in order to better harmonize regulations and application forms, improve permit documentation and transparency and provide clarifications to the existing regulations. In this effort EPA plans to address application, permitting, monitoring and reporting requirements that have become obsolete or outdated due to programmatic, technical or other changes that have occurred over the past 35 years. Specifically, EPA plans to focus on revising the NPDES permit application forms to specifically include all final Agency data standards, improving the consistency between the application forms, updating the applications to better reflect current program practices, and specifically incorporate new program areas into the forms (e.g., Clean Water Act section 316(b) requirements for cooling water intake structures). EPA also plans to address other program elements including permit documentation, EPA state permit objection, and public participation procedures to improve the quality and transparency of permit development. As an example of a regulation which could be proposed to change to reduce burden, as well as improve transparency and public access to information, EPA is considering whether to revise the public notice requirements to allow a State to post notices of draft NPDES permits and other permit actions under the Clean Water Act on its State agency websites in lieu of a traditional newspaper posting.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 122    40 CFR 125    40 CFR 123    40 CFR 124   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq Clean Water Act   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2015 
Final Rule  11/00/2016 
Additional Information: This action includes retrospective review under EO 13563; see:
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Sarita Hoyt
Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-1471
Fax:202 564-9544

David Hair
Environmental Protection Agency
Mail Code 4203M, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-2287
Fax:202 564-9544