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High Priority NPDES Permit Performance Measures

EPA's Permitting for Environmental Results (PER) strategy is an action plan to ensure effective management of NPDES programs. One of the key tools to ensuring environmental results is to identify the most environmentally significant permits and prioritize them for reissuance.

Annually, regions and states develop a list of environmentally significant priority permits and establish a commitment to issue a certain number of these permits. Selection criteria include impacts to TMDL-listed impaired waters, drinking water sources, endangered species, and integration of new water quality standards into permits. Combined with the long-standing GPRA goals to achieve and maintain a 90% overall permit issuance rate, meeting the permit issuance commitment for priority permits will contribute to the EPA Surface Water Program's long term goals of restoring and maintaining the health of water bodies and watersheds.

This measure was designed as a national performance indicator of High Priority NPDES permits. Although the information is presented on a state-by-state basis for informational purposes, the user should be cautioned that annual performance in a given state for a specific year may vary year-to-year. The information cannot be used as a strict comparison between state performance in any given year.

NPDES High Priority Permits
Issued by States - FY 2010 Performance
(October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010)
State
Region
Number of high priority state NPDES permits finalized
(#finalized/#committed)

Alabama

4

15/10

Alaska

10

2/16

Arizona

9

2/1

Arkansas

6

0/2

California

9

40/18

Colorado

8

29/29

Connecticut

1

6/6

Delaware

3

0/3

District of Columbia

3

*

Florida

4

21/20

Georgia

4

69/79

Hawaii

9

0/1

Idaho

10

*

Illinois

5

82/50

Indiana

5

34/12

Iowa

7

27/20

Kansas

7

8/16

Kentucky

4

25/34

Louisiana

6

45/17

Maine

1

3/2

Maryland

3

39/19

Massachusetts

1

*

Michigan

5

15/6

Minnesota

5

25/19

Mississippi

4

71/25

Missouri

7

46/37

Montana

8

24/25

Nebraska

7

113/46

Nevada

9

3/1

New Hampshire

1

*

New Jersey

2

17/13

New Mexico

6

*

New York

2

12/10

North Carolina

4

4/4

North Dakota

8

n/a

Ohio

5

33/13

Oklahoma

6

13/17

Oregon

10

32/18

Pennsylvania

3

69/79

Puerto Rico

2

*

Rhode Island

1

7/2

South Carolina

4

12/10

South Dakota

8

5/3

Tennessee

4

15/16

Texas

6

33/15

Utah

8

3/5

Vermont

1

0/2

Virginia

3

25/34

Virgin Islands

2

11/7

Washington

10

8/7

West Virginia

3

9/7

Wisconsin

5

8/8

Wyoming

8

n/a

 * - EPA is the permitting authority; the state does not issue permits.

n/a - State did not have a 2010 target for priority permits.

Where numbers of permits finalized exceeds the commitment number, the State issued additional permits from the priority permits list beyond the commitment goal.

For additional information about the Performance Measures for the NPDES High Priority Permits, please contact the Water Permits Division at (202) 564-9545.

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