LDEQ Proposes Rule to Require Electronic Submission of Discharge Monitoring Reports

March 02, 2016

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LDEQ proposes to require all Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) permit holders to submit Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs) electronically through a department-approved electronic document receiving system, unless granted a waiver by the department.

LDEQ’s water enforcement division will be utilizing EPA’s NetDMR system, a web-based tool that allows permittees to electronically sign and submit their DMRs to EPA's Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS-NPDES) via the Environmental Information Exchange Network. This proposed rule stems from the federal National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule, which was promulgated in September 2015. The federal rule replaces several paper-based Clean Water Act (CWA) NPDES permitting and compliance monitoring reporting requirements with electronic reporting, and is to be implemented in two phases.

Electronic DMR submittals are Phase 1 with a one (1) year or September 2016 deadline. Implementation of Phase 2 has a five (5) year or September 2020 deadline and will include electronic submittal of  items such as general permit reports (notices of intent, notices of termination, no exposure certificates, sewage sludge/biosolids annual reports) and all other remaining NPDES program reports (pretreatment reports, sewer overflow/bypass reports, annual cooling water intake reports).

In order to use the NetDMR system, each LPDES permittee must follow the electronic document procedures set forth at LAC 33:I.Chapter 21. To submit an electronic document in lieu of a paper document, a permittee must execute the proper Subscriber Agreement. Each Subscriber Agreement must have one or more handwritten wet ink signatures, receive approval from the department, and be retained on file with LDEQ while the Subscriber Agreement is active and thereafter for an additional five years. Compilation of a NetDMR Subscriber Agreement requires a permit holder to create an account with the NetDMR system:

  • During the first login on a new account a permit holder must request access to the system, which requires a permit signatory to enter specified information.
  • The NetDMR system will compile the information into a Subscriber Agreement Form which will be printed, signed and submitted to LDEQ.
  • Once the permit holder receives an email approval from LDEQ, then submittal of DMRs via NetDMR is allowed.
  • If a facility holds more than one LPDES permit, the NetDMR system allows multiple permits to be managed through one account. However, separate accounts may be set up for individual LPDES permits if desired.

The department will conduct NetDMR training sessions at LDEQ’s headquarters, as well as across the state. Training manuals are available at LDEQ’s NetDMR web address.

While waivers will be considered, LDEQ’s water enforcement division has indicated that waivers will be strictly reviewed and granted only in extreme instances such as when no reasonable access to high speed internet or public library computer resources is available.
Hearing Date: March 31, 2016 
Comment Deadline:  April 6, 2016
Electronic Submittal of Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs)
LAC 33:IX.2701

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