WVDEP develops new NPDES reporting code to be used during COVID-19 pandemic


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (April 14, 2020) – At the direction of Governor Jim Justice and in response to a temporary advisory from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has developed a new reporting code for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The temporary advisory, released Tuesday March 31, 2020 by the EPA’s Office of Compliance, provides instructions and recommendations to authorized NPDES state programs regarding sampling and monitoring data that is reported to and tracked in the Integrated Compliance Information System for the NPDES program (ICIS-NPDES). It also reflects guidance from EPA regional staff in enforcement and water programs, including the offices of Wastewater Management and Civil Enforcement, and echoes the EPA’s temporary compliance policy.


The new code allows for permittees to indicate whether or not incomplete or missing data was caused by the COVID-19 situation and state and federal regulators may use this code if follow-up is needed to determine if the criteria set forth in the EPA’s temporary compliance policy for use of enforcement discretion are met. The WVDEP will determine the appropriate response to any noncompliance reported or any violations generated to ensure proper and timely resolution.


The reporting code applies retroactively beginning March 13, 2020 and will continue until further notice. Currently, all rules, regulations, and permitting requirements under the jurisdiction of the WVDEP remain in full effect.

For more information about COVID-19 prevention and more, call the State’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304 or visit Coronavirus.wv.gov.


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Terry Fletcher
304-926-0499 ext. 49720