|The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on the proposed 2021 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit (PGP) for discharges of pesticides to waters of the United States in areas where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority. The general permit, issued under the Clean Water Act’s NPDES, regulates point source discharges of biological pesticides and chemical pesticides that leave a residue into waters of the United States. The current general permit was issued on October 31, 2016 and expires October 31, 2021. This proposed permit would replace EPA’s 2016 PGP upon finalization. The proposed permit contains the same requirements and provisions as the current permit. |
EPA will take comments on the proposed PGP permit during a 60-day comment period, which began January 15, 2021 and ends March 16, 2021. Comments can be submitted on www.regulations.gov for docket ID # EPA-HQ-OW-2020-0005. The Federal Register notice, proposed permit documents, and all supporting information can be found on the docket at: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2020-0005-0001. Information is also available on EPA’s Pesticide Permitting website: https://www.epa.gov/npdes/pesticide-permitting-draft-2021-pgp.