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Subchapter 001 : Water Pollution Control(Cite as: 10 V.S.A. § 1251a)
§ 1251a. Water pollution administration
(a) The Secretary may adopt rules, in accordance with the procedures in the Administrative Procedure Act, that are necessary for the proper administration of the Secretary’s duties under this subchapter, including a planning process approvable under Public Law 92-500, as amended.
(b) The Secretary shall establish by rule requirements for the issuance of permits under subsection 1259(e) of this title, including in-stream water quality parameters necessary to establish permit conditions and performance monitoring; however, these in-stream water quality parameters shall not supersede water quality standards adopted by the Secretary.
(c) On or before July 1, 2016, the Secretary of Natural Resources shall adopt by rule an implementation process for the antidegradation policy in the water quality standards of the State. The implementation process for the antidegradation policy shall be consistent with the State water quality policy established in section 1250 of this title, the Vermont Water Quality Standards, and any applicable requirements of the federal Clean Water Act. The Secretary of Natural Resources shall apply the antidegradation implementation policy to all new discharges that require a permit under this chapter. (Added 1981, No. 222 (Adj. Sess.), § 25; amended 1985, No. 199 (Adj. Sess.), § 4, eff. May 17, 1986; 1989, No. 64, § 2, eff. May 24, 1989; 1997, No. 155 (Adj. Sess.), § 34; 2003, No. 115 (Adj. Sess.), § 25, eff. Jan. 31, 2005; 2007, No. 43, § 6a, eff. May 23, 2007; 2011, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.), § 27, eff. May 14, 2012; 2015, No. 64, § 30.)