In 1948, Congress passed legislation to manage the pollution of our nation's waters. The enacted legislation was given the title of the Water Pollution Control Act. It was revised and amended in 1972, and again in 1977. This Act is now known by its current title, the Clean Water Act (CWA). The CWA is the primary federal law that seeks to protect lakes, rivers, aquifers and coastal areas. Its two main goals are to:
According to the CWA, it is unlawful to discharge any pollutant from a point source (e.g. pipes, man made ditches, channels, etc.) into navigable waters without a permit (i.e., National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit). The EPA's Water Quality Protection Division is responsible for issuing NPDES permits, as well as, providing administrative support and enforcement of the law from State to State.
NPDES monitoring and reporting requirements are site-specific. Pollutants regulated are grouped as:
In addition to performing analyses that meet NPDES requirements, ASSET Laboratories offers trained personnel to collect samples from wastewater discharge points. Wastewater analyses offered include:
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