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Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule

The final rule substitutes electronic reporting for paper-based reports and, over the long term, saves time and resources for permittees, states, tribes, territories, and EPA, while improving compliance and better protecting the Nation's waters.  It requires permittees and regulators to use existing, available information technology to electronically report information and data related to the NPDES permit program in lieu of filing paper-based reports.  The purpose and need for this rule was highlighted in the development of the Clean Water Act Enforcement Action Plan.