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Water: Industry Effluent Guidelines

Effluent Limitation Guidelines

Effluent guidelines are national standards, based on the performance of treatment and control technologies, for wastewater discharges to surface waters and municipal sewage treatment plants. We issue effluent guidelines for categories of existing and new sources.

Browse Industries
  • Existing and proposed regulations
  • Fact sheets and supporting documentation
  • Preliminary studies
  • Guidance for specific industrial categories
  • Information on EPA's current and previous reviews and plans for controlling industrial discharges
Implementation & Compliance
  • Permitting, POTWs
  • Compliance and enforcement
  • For industry-specific documents, see Industries
Treatment Technologies
  • Data sources on pollution prevention and treatment technologies.
Environmental Effects
  • Industry-specific environmental impacts and summaries of benefits, models, and water quality databases.
Data Resources & Tools
  • Industry-specific analyses of discharges using the Toxic Release Inventory and Permit Compliance System databases, economic databases.
Frequent Questions
  • Questions concerning effluent guidelines.
Laws & Regulatory Development
  • Clean Water Act provisions pertaining to effluent guidelines
  • Other requirements affecting effluent guidelines development
Priority Pollutants
  • List of pollutants originally identified by the Agency pursuant to the Clean Water Act.
  • Effluent Guidelines Task Force
  • Legal Challenges/Consent Decrees
Analytical Methods
  • EPA published laboratory analytical methods that are used by industries and municipalities to analyze the chemical and biological components of wastewater, drinking water, sediment, and other environmental samples that are required by regulations under the authority of the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act

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