Three men on a construction site preparing for EPA visit

The Clean Water Actand the Safe Drinking Water Act are the two primary laws regulating pollutant discharges into the waters of the United States. Of those two laws, the Clean Water Act gave the EPA the authority to implement pollution control programs and set standards related to water cleanliness. Compliance monitoring is one of the principal ways the EPA ensures that the regulated community obeys the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Act, among other laws and regulations.

Compliance monitoring encompasses activities such as formulating and implementing monitoring strategies; a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is a prime example of a strategy intended to mitigate pollution. Compliance also includes on-site inspections, evaluations and investigations. An on-site EPA inspection can include such activities as taking photos, collecting soil and water samples, interviewing individuals on site, and observing and recording site operations. Off-site inspections of collected data is also a key component of compliance monitoring. The EPA can also conduct audits and issue enforcements based on violations that it discovers. Inspections might be as short as a quick walk-through or last a full day or even a full week depending on the size and complexity of the facility or site. Regardless of how long the inspection lasts, it will likely include a review of records, evaluate patterns of non-compliance (if any), and study any potential compliance problems that may arise.

In October of 2015, the EPA published the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rules, which enshrines the reporting requirements for municipalities, industries and other facilities. The regulated community is now required to electronically file Discharge Monitoring Reports, Notices of Intent to Discharge (in compliance with the General Permits) and other program-mandated reports. As the EPA moves into is NexGen compliance, CloudCompli will remain on the leading edge of digitalizing inspection workflows, and help make environmental reports more accurate and complete while helping regulators and the regulated community better manage their information. CloudCompli also ensures the regulated community can complete comprehensive and accurate Annual Reports required by the EPA and other regulating bodies. The use data analytics and BMP-targeting helps achieve more effective and widespread compliance on site. Although CloudCompli does not interface with NPDES or the EPA, it promotes the ability to interact with regulators and regulatory protocols in more efficient manner. Consider using CloudCompli to facilitate your compliance requirements.