Who regulates the treatment plant outfall and makes sure that the plant is compliant?

All treatment plants are permitted and regulated by various state and federal agencies, mostly the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and EPA. These agencies, through the permitting systems, define how and what must be done.  The plant must report to these agencies with very specific reporting procedures.  For example, DEP get a monthly report from the plant called the discharge monitoring report.  This detailed report contains the analyses and flows.  This report must be signed and attested to under penalty of law (fines and imprisonment) that this report is “true, accurate, and complete”.

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