Region 1 Final Aquaculture General Permit
Final NPDES Aquaculture General Permit (AQUAGP) for Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production (CAAP) Facilities and Other Related Facilities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont
EPA Region 1 is issuing the Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Aquaculture General Permit (AQUAGP) for discharges from Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production (CAAP) facilities and other related facilities to certain waters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State of New Hampshire, and State of Vermont (federal facilities only). This Final NPDES AQUAGP establishes effluent limitations and requirements, effluent and ambient monitoring requirements, reporting requirements, and standard conditions for 12 eligible hatcheries currently covered by individual NPDES permits, five in Massachusetts, five in New Hampshire, and two in Vermont. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and State of New Hampshire have provided Clean Water Act Section 401 certification for this permit and the State of Vermont has waived the 401 certification requirement.
The Notice of Availability for the Final AQUAGP is available at the following web address: https://www.regulations.gov/document/EPA_FRDOC_0001-26803.
Permit Issuance Date: May 6, 2021
Permit Effective Date: July 5, 2021
Deadline to apply for current dischargers: September 3, 2021
Final Permit Documents
- NPDES General Permits for Aquaculture Facilities, MAG130000, NHG130000, VTG130000 (PDF) (119 pp, 1.7 MB, About PDF)
- Response to Comments on Draft General Permits for Aquaculture Facilities (PDF) (145 pp, 3.7 MB, About PDF)
- Draft General Permit documents, including the Fact Sheet
Notices of Intent (NOI) to discharge must be submitted through EPA’s NPDES eReporting Tool (NeT). All NOIs received by EPA that EPA proposes to authorize will be posted on EPA’s website, https://permitsearch.epa.gov/epermit-search/ui/search. For more information on obtaining authorization to discharge, see Part 6 of the General Permit document.
Additional training information, including recordings of past training can be found at the following webpages:
- Region 1 NeT Recorded Training (6/22) posted in 2 parts
- Training (6/22) PowerPoint Posted
- NPDES eReporting Support Page for NeT Aqua
- CDX Guide for NeT Aquaculture
Nathan Chien (Chien.Nathan@epa.gov), 617-918-1649
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Cathy Vakalopoulos (Catherine.Vakalopoulos@state.ma.us), 617-348-4026
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Hayley Franz (Hayley.Franz@des.nh.gov), 603-271-0671
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Amy Polaczyk (email@example.com), 802-490-6185