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EPA Issues Compliance Advisory for Significant Non-Compliance Dischargers

Oct. 2020 – The EPA and TCEQ are increasing attention to individually permitted Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) facilities in significant non-compliance (SNC).

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and states are undertaking an initiative to improve surface water quality and reduce potential impacts on drinking water by assuring that all National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permittees are complying with their permits.

The goal is to halve the number of facilities in significant non-compliance (currently 29.4 percent) by the end of fiscal year 2022 and ensure that the most serious violators are appropriately addressed. EPA and TCEQ will focus attention on compliance and enforcement at TPDES-regulated facilities in SNC, regardless of facility size. If your facility has TPDES violations, we recommend that you take immediate action to correct them.

How to Check Your Status

If you hold an individual TPDES permit, we encourage you to review your discharge monitoring reports, check your compliance status, and see whether you have SNC violations using EPA’s Enforcement & Compliance History Online tool. To view a detailed facility report:

  • Select the “Facility Name/ID” tab in the “Quick Search” box.
  • Search for your facility with facility-specific information.
  • Click the icon “C” under the “Reports” column.
  • Scroll down to the “Compliance Summary Data” table.
  • Check for a “Yes” or “No” in the “Current SNC/HPV” column.
  • If it is marked “Yes,” review the “Three-Year Compliance History by Quarter” table for additional information.

How to Get More Information

See EPA’s webpage National Compliance Initiative for Reducing Significant Non-Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permits .

You can view EPA’s advisory at Clean Water Agencies Increasing Attention to Significant Non-Compliance Dischargers .

If you have any questions about your facility's status email, or call 512-239-eDMR (3367).