The Clean Streams Law (Pennsylvania)

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Place Pennsylvania

Applies to States or Provinces Pennsylvania
Name The Clean Streams Law (Pennsylvania)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source


The statute seeks to preserve and improve the purity of the waters of the Commonwealth, providing protection of water supply and water quality, imposing certain penalties, regulating discharges of sewage and industrial wastes and regulating the impact of mining on water quality. All fines, penalties and permit fees collected under the provision of this act will be paid to a special fund called "The Clean Water Fund," which will be used for the elimination of pollution. No municipality or person is permitted to discharge sewage into water unless authorized to do so. All plans for the construction of any new sewer system or for the extension of an existing system have to be approved before construction can begin.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Glenn Rider
Department Environmental Protection
Division Water

Phone 717-787-5267


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Pennsylvania Law 894, No. 167
Date Effective 1980-10-10
Date Enacted 1937