National Compliance Initiative: Reducing Significant Non-Compliance (SNC) with NPDES Permits - Resources for NPDES Permittees and Other Organizations
Assessing SNC Status
NPDES permittees are encouraged to assess their compliance status in one or both of the following ways:
- Review your discharge monitoring reports (DMRs).
- Use EPA’s Enforcement & Compliance History Online (ECHO) tool to look up your facility.
SNC Policy, Guidance, and Publications
- Memoranda: Revision of NPDES SNC Criteria to Address Violations of Non-Monthly Average Limits
- Regional Role in Reducing the NPDES Rate of Significant Noncompliance
- CWA NPDES Enforcement Management System (1989)
- May 29, 2008 Joint OCE/OC Memorandum, “Clarification of NPDES EMS Guidance on Timely and Appropriate Response to SNC Violations”
- Clean Water Agencies Increasing Attention to Significant Noncompliance Dischargers
- Federal Facility Compliance Under EPA's National Compliance Initiative to Reduce Significant Noncompliance with CWA NPDES Permits
Technical Resources, Assistance and Training
- EPA’s NPDES Web Page
- Compliance Assistance Centers
- WaterOperator.org Exitis a free resource portal for small systems operators
- The Rural Community Assistance Partnership Exit provides training for water operators, utility board members, financial officers, and community members to help prepare communities to manage their own water systems
- The Water Environment Federation Exitis a nonprofit association that provides technical education and training for water quality professionals
- The National Rural Water Association and their State Associations ExitProvides training and on-site technical assistance to small and rural water and wastewater systems
- The Local Government Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN) Exit is a "first-stop shop" providing environmental management, planning, funding, and regulatory information for local government elected and appointed officials, managers and staff.
Financial Assistance and Funding Sources
- EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center lists technical assistance partners that work with small and rural systems to increase financial capabilities.
- EPA’s Water Finance Clearinghouse is a database of financial assistance sources available to fund water infrastructure needs.