Alaska Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program History
On August 27, 2005 the Governor signed Senate Bill 110 (SB 110) into law, authorizing the Sate to pursue primacy for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NDPES) wastewater discharge permitting and compliance program established under the Clean Water Act. Prior to the passage of SB 110, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) convened a permittee Work Group to examine the concerns, costs, and benefits of state primacy and to recommend whether the state should seek primacy.
On May 1, 2008, the State of Alaska submitted a final application to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for authority to permit wastewater discharges in Alaska, and on October 31, 2008, EPA approved the application. DEC assumed full authority to administer the wastewater and discharge permitting and compliance program for Alaska on October 31, 2012.