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What is the Proposed NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule?

On July 30, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule that would require electronic reporting instead of current paper-based Clean Water Act National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) reports. This action would modernize NPDES reporting, save time and resources for regulated entities and regulatory agencies, better protect the Nation’s waters by improving compliance, and provide the public with access to information that affects their communities. The proposal would enhance transparency and accountability by providing regulatory agencies and the public with more timely, complete, accurate, and nationally-consistent data about the NPDES program and potential sources of water pollution. The benefits of this proposed rulemaking should allow NPDES-authorized programs in states, tribes, and territories to shift precious resources from data management activities to solving issues that threaten human health and water quality and noncompliance issues.

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