Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) Permit Regulation [9 VAC 25 ‑ 31]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Electronic Reporting Rule
Action 4815
General Information
Action Summary The EPA published the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule in the Federal Register, 80 FR 64063 (October 22, 2015). This rule provides requirements for the electronic reporting and sharing of NPDES program information. The rule requires the use of electronic reporting instead of paper-based reporting in order to: (i) save time and limited resources; (ii) increase data accuracy, improve compliance; and, (iii) support of better protection of waters. The goal is to improve the ability of authorized programs, such as Virginia’s VPDES program, to target the most serious water quality and compliance problems while also helping to shift limited resources to more pertinent tasks by reducing time and resources necessary for the paper-based reporting activities. This rule provides important flexibility during the move from paper-based reporting to electronic reporting while still implementing electronic reporting in a timely manner. The final exempt regulatory action will amend Chapters 31 and 870 in order to incorporate the federal electronic reporting rule. This amendment is exempt from the APA as it is necessary to conform to the changes in the federal regulations (§2.2-4006.A.4.c) and also provides clarification of the 24 hour reporting provisions (§2.2-4006.A.4.a).
Chapters Affected
  VAC Chapter Name Action Type
Primary 9 VAC 25-31 Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) Permit Regulation Amend Existing Regulation
Other chapters
  9 VAC 25 - 870 Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Regulation (formerly 4VAC50-60) Amend Existing Regulation
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: 2.2-4006 A 4 a and A 4 c
RIS Project Yes  [004807]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7928 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/26/2017.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Debra Harris 
Address: 629 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Phone: (804)698-4209    FAX: (804)698-4019    TDD: ()-