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NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule

Provides an overview of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) electronic reporting rule, updates to effective dates, and a summary of completed outreach efforts.

Electronic Reporting Rule Overview

On Sept. 24, 2015, the EPA signed the Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule Exit the TCEQ which requires NPDES regulated entities to electronically submit specific permit and compliance monitoring information instead of filing paper reports.

This rule was implemented in two phases. Phase I became effective on Dec. 21, 2016, and Phase II becomes effective on Dec. 21, 2020. The following is a brief summary of the Phase I and Phase II requirements and updates* as they apply to NPDES regulated entities.

Phase I Requirements – effective Dec. 21, 2016*

  • All NPDES regulated entities that are required to submit discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) must do so electronically using NetDMR.
  • NPDES regulated entities include facilities that discharge wastewater (for example, facilities classified as major or minor dischargers, individually permitted facilities, and facilities covered by general permits).
*The stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) states that effective Dec. 21, 2016, all discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) must be submitted online using the NetDMR reporting system. However, this option is not available at this time. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued temporary waivers for electronic reporting that will expire on Aug. 31, 2018. Please continue to submit paper DMRs until such date. Starting Sept. 1, 2018, MSGP DMRs will be required to be submitted electronically using the NetDMR system unless another waiver is issued.

Phase II Requirements – effective Dec. 21, 2020*

  • All NPDES regulated entities that are required to submit a notice of intent (NOI), a notice of termination (NOT), a no exposure certification (NEC), or a low erosivity waiver (LEW) must do so electronically using STEERS.
  • NPDES regulated entities that are required to submit the following periodic reports must do so electronically: Sewage Sludge/Biosolids Annual Program Reports, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Annual Program Reports, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program Reports, Pretreatment Program Reports, Significant Industrial User Compliance Reports (in municipalities without approved pretreatment programs), Sewer Overflow/Bypass Event Reports, and CWA Section 316(b) Annual Reports.
* Effective Sept. 1, 2017, applicants seeking authorization under the Multi-Sector General Permit (TXR050000), Ready Mixed Concrete General Permit (TXG110000), and the Pesticide General Permit (TXG870000) must submit applicable applications (i.e., Notice of Intent (NOI), No Exposure Certification (NEC), Notice of Termination (NOT), Notice of Change (NOC)) using the online e-permitting system (STEERS) available through the TCEQ website or request and obtain an electronic reporting waiver.

Electronic Reporting Waiver

The TCEQ may grant Temporary Waivers to the electronic reporting rule in limited cases. If you are unable to report electronically, you can submit a Request for Electronic Reporting Waiver form (TCEQ-20754). A separate form is required for each permit or authorization requesting a waiver.

Completed Outreach Efforts

The TCEQ has provided information on this rule to regulated entities, trade associations, training providers, advisory committee members, and permittees through electronic newsletters, outreach events, workshops, and meetings throughout the state. In addition, the following outreach materials have been distributed on this topic.

Where can I find more information and assistance?

The TCEQ's Small Business and Local Government Assistance Section offers free, confidential help to small businesses and local governments working to comply with state environmental regulations. Call us at 800-447-2827 or visit our Web page at TexasEnviroHelp.org.