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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Water Quality - About Permits

Water Quality

About Permits

Before you engage in an activity that could impact a stream, river, wetland, lake, other surface water or groundwater, make sure you have the required permit.

Environmental Permitting General Guidance - DENR Customer Service

Express Permitting Program - DENR Customer Service

 

Animal Feeding OperationsCollection SystemsGroundwater ProtectionNon-Discharge • NPDES WastewaterPretreatmentStormwaterWetlands

 

Animal Feeding Operations

Responsible for the permitting and compliance activities of animal feeding operations across the state.

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Collection Systems

Pipelines that carry untreated wastewater from its source - i.e. households, schools, industries - to a wastewater treatment plant.

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Groundwater Protection

Helps to protect and preserve the quality of groundwater resources by implementing pollution prevention strategies, compliance assessments, and abatement programs.

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Non-Discharge

Wastewater treatment and disposal that does not discharge to surface waters.

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NPDES Wastewater

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program - regulates direct discharges of treated and untreated wastewater to waters of the state.

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Pretreatment

The Federal and State Pretreatment Program gives regulatory authority for EPA, States, and municipal governments to control the discharge of industrial wastewater into municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) or Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs).

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Stormwater Permitting

NPDES and State permitting.

  • Stormwater programs have moved to the Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources, Land Quality Section.

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Wetlands

Compliance with federal regulations (401 Certification and Compliance) and state regulations for development activities with the potential to impact wetlands or streams is required.

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