Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) General Permit for Non-Contact Cooling Water Discharges of 50,000 Gallons Per Day or Less [9 VAC 25 ‑ 196]
Chapter is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
2023 Amendment and Reissuance of the Existing Regulation
Action 5616
General Information
Action Summary This general permit regulation establishes limitations, monitoring requirements and other special conditions for point source discharges of noncontact cooling water of 50,000 gallons per day or less to surface waters in order to maintain surface water quality. This regulatory action is proposed to amend and reissue the existing general permit, which expires on March 1, 2023. A periodic/small business impact review in support of this regulation has been conducted separately.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act, but falls within the Executive Branch and will be reviewed by the Governor's Office.
RIS Project Yes  [006527]
Result of Prior Periodic Review Filed 5/15/2020
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
9086 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 11/12/2020.
9660 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 09/16/2022.
9872 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/01/2023.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Joseph Bryan 
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Ste 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Phone: (804)659-2659    FAX: (804)698-4178    TDD: ()-