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TRYING TO FIND CREDITS?

If your facility is in need of credits to meet permit cap load requirements, view the 2018 Verified Nitrogen Credits (PDF) and 2018 Verified Phosphorus Credits (PDF) lists to see what credits are available and who has them. These lists are updated daily when changes occur.
Check out our Nutrient Credit Trade Negotiation and Register Your Nutrient Credit Trade at a glance summaries to find out how to buy credits.


Need to contact a credit generator on the verified credits lists?

Check out our Certified Generator Contact Information list.

HAVE CREDITS TO SELL?

Certified NonPoint Sources
If your verification plan calculations indicate that you generated credits, you can verify those credits and sell them. 
Check out our Verify Your Nutrient Credits (Nonpoint Source), Nutrient Credit Trade Negotiation, and Register Your Nutrient Credit Trade at a glance summaries to find out how to sell credits.

Certified Point Sources
If your Annual Chesapeake Bay Spreadsheet (Excel) indicates that you have generated credits after all data has been entered (after September 30th), you can verify those credits and sell them.
Check out our Verify Your Nutrient Credits (Point Source), Nutrient Credit Trade Negotiation, and Register Your Nutrient Credit Trade at a glance summaries to find out how to sell credits.

Not sure if you are Certified?
Check out our Certified Generator Certification IDs list to see if you are certified and get your current certification ID.

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Deadlines

Request submissions are logged in and processed in the order they are received. See the Credit Trading Process page for more details on the request submission process.

To ensure processing can be completed in time for credits to be sold and applied to permit limits no later than the November 28th Chesapeake Bay annual DMR submission deadline, submit complete requests for compliance year 2018 (10/1/17—9/30/18) electronically to the Nutrient Credit Trading Program email (EPPANutrientTrad@pa.gov) by the following dates:

  • Certification Requests: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Verification Requests: Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Registration Requests: Monday, November 19, 2018
Requests for Compliance Year 2018 will be accepted and processed until the end of the truing period, November 28, 2018.

Request Forms

NOTE: Effective March 1, 2018, only the updated forms below will be accepted for certification, verification, and registration request submissions.

CERTIFICATION FORM

  • Point sources are covered by a mass certification and do not need to submit a certification request.
  • Nutrient Credit Nonpoint Source Certification Request (instructions (PDF)
    (3800-FM-BCW0503)
    A complete certification request submission for nonpoint sources must include this certification request form and supporting documentation, including a verification plan (see the form for details). The Nutrient Trading GIS App may be used to identify surface waters and their basin, Ch. 93 water quality uses, and impairments (requirement information on the request form).

VERIFICATION FORMS

REGISTRATION FORM

  • Nutrient Credit Registration Request (instructions (PDF)
    (3800-FM-BCW0504)
    A complete registration request submission must include this registration request form and a copy of the agreement between the buyer and seller of credits. The Nutrient Trading GIS App may be used to identify surface waters and their basin, Ch. 93 water quality uses, and impairments (requirement information on the request form).

Please review the instructions for each form to ensure all necessary information is correctly provided in each submission.


Calculation Spreadsheets

Wastewater Treatment Plants that are buying and/or selling credits must use the current version of the Annual Chesapeake Bay Spreadsheet (Excel) (Annual Nutrient Monitoring) above.


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Contact Us

For further information, contact:

Nutrient Trading
Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Clean Water – Division of Operations
RCSOB, P.O. Box 8774
Harrisburg, PA 17105
(717) 787-6744
RA-EPPANutrientTrad@pa.gov
The information outlined on this website is intended to supplement existing requirements. Nothing on this site shall affect regulatory requirements. The information herein is not an adjudication or a regulation. There is no intent on the part of DEP to give the information on this website that weight or deference. This information establishes the framework, within which DEP will exercise its administrative discretion in the future. DEP reserves the discretion to deviate from this statement if circumstances warrant.