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Effluent Guidelines

Current Effluent Guidelines Program Plan

Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Indiana.The Final Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 14 (Plan 14) presents early results from new analyses and provides updates on EPA’s reviews of industrial wastewater discharges and treatment technologies discussed in Preliminary Plan 14 (October 24, 2019) including analyses of industrial sources and discharges of nutrients, proposed treatment technology reviews, and the effluent limitations guidelines database.
Plan 14 also provides updates on ongoing point source category studies, including EPA’s decision to conclude the Petroleum Refining category study and the Agency’s planned next steps for the detailed study on the Electrical and Electronic Components category. Plan 14 provides an update on the PFAS Multi-Industry Study, the scope of which includes organic chemical manufacturers, airports, rug and textile manufacturers, pulp and paper mills, and the metal finishing category.
Additionally, EPA is developing:


All supporting materials for Plan 14 can be found on EPA’s docket at The Docket Number is EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0618.

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Additional Information

For additional information, please contact Phillip Flanders (, Project Manager, at 202-566-8323.

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