In accordance with Governor Wolf’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency of March 6, 2020 and the Governor’s powers pursuant to the Emergency Management Code, 35 Pa.C.S. §7301, the Governor has authority to suspend regulatory obligations and other legal obligations within his jurisdiction where strict compliance will prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with the COVID-19 emergency.
To request a temporary suspension of regulatory requirements and/or permit conditions,
fill out this form and submit to
*If you are requesting suspension of a Federal requirement, under only Federal authority, please contact US EPA Region III and refer to the US EPA March 26, 2020 Memorandum (COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program). To the extent the request relates to a federal program delegated to Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania will review requests submitted in this format.
Reporting requirements in the NPDES program
On March 31, 2020, US EPA advised Pennsylvania, an authorized NPDES Program, that it had created a new No Data Indicator (NODI) code, NODI code “Z,” COVID-19, that permittees and authorized NPDES Programs could use in connection with NPDES reporting requirements that are tracked in EPA’s Integrated Compliance Information System for the NPDES program (ICIS-NPDES) if data is missing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to avoid the automatic generation of DMR non-receipt violations.
In response to this announcement, DEP will be adding NODI code “Z” to its
Electronic Discharge Monitoring Report (eDMR) System.
Pennsylvania NPDES permittees may only use NODI code “Z” if and when they receive approval of their request to temporarily suspend regulatory requirements and/or permit conditions. Pennsylvania permittees may
not use NODI code “Z” in the absence of this approval. Application for temporary suspension can be made by
filling out the form referenced above and submitting it to