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Region 1 Draft Aquaculture General Permit

Draft NPDES Aquaculture General Permit (AQUAGP) for Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production (CAAP) Facilities and Other Related Facilities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont

EPA Region 1 is issuing the Draft Aquaculture General Permit (Draft AQUAGP) for discharges from Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production (CAAP) facilities and other related facilities to certain waters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State of New Hampshire, and State of Vermont (federal facilities only). This Draft NPDES AQUAGP establishes effluent limitations and requirements, effluent and ambient monitoring requirements, reporting requirements, and standard conditions for 14 eligible industrial facilities currently covered by individual NPDES permits: 7 in Massachusetts, 5 in New Hampshire, and 2 in Vermont.

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Draft AQUAGP Documents

How to Submit Comments

EPA has published a Notice of Availability for this Draft General Permit in the Federal Register on May 11, 2020. The Draft General Permit, Fact Sheet, and supporting information are provided in the links below. The original public comment period was scheduled to close on June 10, 2020. EPA has extended the public comment period through July 10, 2020. Comments must be submitted by the close of the comment period either in hard copy form or electronically to the address below:

Nathan Chien (
U.S. EPA, Region 1
5 Post Office Square, Suite-100 (06-1)
Boston, MA 02109-3912

Due to the Covid-19 National Emergency, if comments are submitted in hard copy form, please also email a copy to

EPA Contacts

Nathan Chien (, 617-918-1649

Danielle Gaito (, 617-918-1297

State Contacts

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Cathy Vakalopoulos (, 617-348-4026

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Hayley Franz (, 603-271-0671

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Amy Polaczyk (, 802-490-6185