U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
EPA Inspections for Compliance with NPDES Permits Issued to NRC Licensees
Title: EPA Inspections for Compliance with NPDES Permits
Issued to NRC Licensees
See the memorandum from L. B. Higginbotham to G. D. Brown
dated April 14, 1976. The EPA has authority to make
inspections related to a National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The EPA can grant
States the authority to issue NPDES permits; giving the
States similar authority to make inspections.
The EPA, under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act
(Public Law 92-500), is acting within its jurisdiction to
conduct periodic inspections to determine the degree of
compliance by licensees with NPDES permits.
Representatives of the EPA can observe process operations,
inspect monitoring and laboratory equipment and methods,
collect samples, examine appropriate records, and be
concerned with other related matters. The NPDES permit
system was implemented by the EPA under Title 10
"Protection of the Environment," Code of Federal
Regulations, Chapter I. Section 309 (Federal Enforcement)
gives the EPA the authority to levy civil monetary
penalties for noncompliance.
The EPA can also grant the States the authority to issue
NPDES permits. This gives those States the authority,
having issued an NPDES permit to an NRC licensee, to
inspect and assure compliance with the permit.
Regulatory references: None
Subject codes: 12.9, 12.13