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NPDES Primacy Work Group


Between November 2004 and January 2005, DEC convened six meetings of a permittee Work Group to examine the concerns, costs and benefits of primacy and to recommend whether the state should proceed toward primacy.

The Work Group’s findings and recommendations from those first 6 meetings are contained in the February 2005 NPDES Primacy Workgroup Report (PDF).


Work Group Members (PDF)

The Work Group was composed of one representative from each of the following:

  • Oil and gas industry sector
  • Mining industry sector
  • Seafood industry sector
  • Timber industry sector
  • Construction industry sector
  • Large community wastewater permitting
  • Small community/tribal wastewater permitting

EPA, as the current NPDES authority and the delegator of primacy, also participated.


Primacy legislation (SB 110) passed on May 10, 2005. The bill directed DEC to submit a primacy application to EPA for their approval before July 1, 2006. The bill also directed DEC to continue to work with the primacy Work Group.

The NPDES primacy Work Group met ten more times and participated in seven teleconferences between June 2005 and present. The Work Group provided key assistance in the design of the APDES program and application development. Handouts from each meeting are available upon request.

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