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National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

Resources for Permit Writers

Permit Writers' Manual

The NPDES permit writers' manual (EPA-833-K-10-001) provides a comprehensive overview of the framework of the NPDES program. It also serves as one of the principal training tools to help permit writers develop legally defensible and enforceable NPDES permits.

Its primary purpose as a technical resource is to guide new state and EPA permit writers through the basic steps of permit development and issuance. The manual is also intended to serve as a resource for others, such as stakeholders and the regulated community, interested in the NPDES permitting process.

Publications for Permit Writers