A Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Reporting Conditions

More information on the following reporting requirements that may be included in your permit may be found below:

Electronic Monitoring Reports: NetDMR

On December 21, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule (E-Rule) in 40 CFR 127 to modernize Clean Water Act reporting for POTWs, industries, and other facilities by converting to electronic data reporting systems (NetDMR) for NPDES permits instead of submitting written paper reports such as your paper Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs). Permitted facilities are thus required to submit all DMR, Operating Monitoring Report (OMR), and additional monitoring data using the web based NetDMR system at:  https://netdmr.epa.gov/

In accordance with 40 CFR 127, all permitted facilities will also be required to report the following compliance monitoring data using a designated electronic data system:

  • Sewage Sludge/Biosolids Annual Program Reports
  • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Annual Reports
  • 316(b) Annual Reports
  • Pretreatment Program Reports provided
  • Sewer Overflow/Bypass Event Reports
  • Noncompliance Notification
  • Other noncompliance
  • Bypasses

Operational Monitoring Reports (OMRs) contain the raw data that is summarized on the DMR. They must be attached to your electronic DMR. Please contact your assigned EPD compliance office to discuss variations of your OMR.

Please speak with your compliance officer if you have any questions about your DMR and OMR submittals.

Annual Reports: Special Conditions

Certain site specific programs may be enforceable through a facility’s permit as a special condition. Some of these programs, which are listed below, require the submittal of an annual report. These reports are generally submitted along with the monthly NetDMR reports. More detailed information on special conditions may also be found at the corresponding link.

  • Animal Feeding Operations
    • For all operations with more than 1000 AU, the permittee must submit an annual report to EPD.
    • Please complete the operation specific form.
  • Cooling Water Intake Structures
    • Annual reports should contain the results of biological monitoring, velocity and head loss monitoring, and visual or remote inspections.
  • Pretreatment Programs
    • Please complete the program specific form.
  • Sludge Management Plans
    • Please complete the plan specific form.
  • Watershed Protection Plan
    • Annual reports should contain a certification of the implementation of the plan, all watershed plan data, and a progress report of BMPs and any changes to the plan.

Specific forms associated with any of the above may be found here.

Please speak with your compliance officer if you have any questions about your submittals.

Name Changes and Transfers of Ownership

A permit may be transferred by the permittee to a new owner or operator and/or undergo a name change only if the permit has been modified or revoked and reissued, or a minor modification made. A minor modification may allow for a change in ownership, operational control, or name of a facility where the Director determines that no other change in the permit is necessary, provided that a written agreement containing a specific date for transfer of permit responsibility, coverage, and liability between the current and new permittees has been submitted to the Director.

Non-Compliance Reports and Spills

If, for any reason, the permittee does not comply with, or will be unable to comply with any effluent limitation specified in the permit, the permittee shall provide EPD with an oral report within 24 hours from the time the permittee becomes aware of the circumstances followed by a written report within five (5) days of becoming aware of such condition. If the permittee knows in advance of the need for a bypass, it shall submit prior notice to EPD at least 10 days (if possible) before the date of the bypass. The written submission shall contain the following information:

  • A description of the discharge and cause of noncompliance; and
  • The period of noncompliance, including exact dates and times; or, if not corrected, the anticipated time the noncompliance is expected to continue, and steps being taken to reduce, eliminate, and prevent recurrence of the noncomplying discharge.

Furthermore, a “spill” is defined as any discharge of raw sewage by a POTW to the waters of the State. A “major spill” is then classified as a discharge of pollutants that exceeds the weekly average permitted effluent limit for biochemical oxygen demand (5-day) or total suspended solids by 50 percent or greater in one day, provided that the effluent discharge concentration is equal to or greater than 25 mg/L for biochemical oxygen demand or total suspended solids; or, any discharge of raw sewage that exceeds 10,000 gallons or results in water quality violations in waters of the State. Whenever, because of an accident or otherwise, a spill occurs, it is the responsibility of the person in charge of take all reasonable and such substances at the time to forthwith notify EPD in person or by telephone of the location and nature of the danger, as well as to immediately take the necessary steps to prevent injury to property and downstream users of said water, as outlined in their permit. (State Rules 391-3-6-.05).