Wastewater Discharge Program (Maine)

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Place Maine


Name Wastewater Discharge Program (Maine)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Geothermal Electric, Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Primary Website http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/38/title38ch3sec0.html

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source http://www.maine.gov/dep/water/wd/index.html, http://www.maine.gov/dep/water/wd/general.html


The wastewater discharge regulations require that a license be obtained for the discharge of wastewater to a stream, river, wetland, or lake of the state, or to the ocean. Typical discharges include sewer water from municipal entities as well as process waste water, cooling water and other contaminated waters from industrial or commercial activities. Section 582 (link found in the MDEP website) specifically provides regulations concerning the temperature of discharged water.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Sterling Pierce
Department Department of Environmental Protection
Division Water
Address 17 State House Station, Augusta, ME

Zip/Postal Code 04333-0017
Phone 207-287-4868

Email sterling.pierce@maine.gov
Website http://www.maine.gov/dep/water/wd/index.html

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

Authority 1: 38 M.R.S.A.
Date Effective February 18
Date Enacted 1973

Authority 2: Sec. 343-A
Date Effective 1989 (effective May 4

Authority 3: 464(5)
Date Effective 1996)