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Discharge Permits

The Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of a pollutant from a point source to a “water of the United States” without a permit.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program was created to issue these discharge permits.

NEIWPCC monitors NPDES policy issues on behalf of our member states. From time to time, the Commission writes comment letters to the EPA and Congress.

These letters spell out our states’ views on federal actions or proposals. NEIWPCC also facilitates communication and information exchange among state employees who are responsible for the permit system and the EPA.

The Commission’s NPDES Workgroup fosters interstate communication on issues about discharge permits for wastewater treatment facilities.

The workgroup meets annually. It comprises staff members from NEIWPCC and the EPA, and the NPDES coordinators from each of our member states’ environmental agencies.

Additional NPDES topics currently of interest to NEIWPCC’s member states include the NPDES Update Rule, electronic reporting, stormwater, and integrated planning.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Lichtensteiger the NPDES Workgroup Coordinator, at 978-349-2518 or