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NPDES Permit Writers' Training Course


The objective of the NPDES Permit Writers' Training Course is to provide the basic regulatory framework and technical considerations that support the development of wastewater discharge permits as required under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Program. The course is designed for new permit writers, highlighting the process of developing, issuing and complying with NPDES permits. Experienced permit writers wanting a refresher course and other water program staff wanting to learn more about the NPDES program also are welcome. The format of the course is a combination of lecture, case examples, and practical exercises that are geared to acquaint participants with the tools and resources available to assist them in writing NPDES permits.

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This course is recommended for those with six months to two years of experience.

Dates and Locations - Provides a listing of scheduled dates for this training course.

Number of Participants (Course Size): Approx. 50

Cost: Free

Time: 5 days, 11:00am Monday - 1:00pm Friday

Course Sponsor: The EPA Water Permits Division partners with States and EPA Regional Offices to host the NPDES Permit Writers' Course. If your State or Region is interested in hosting a course, please call or email the contact listed below.

Sample Agenda (PDF) (2 pp, 29K) - Lists the tentative agenda for this training course.

Course Contact:
Betty Peterson (
(703) 385-2190

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