EPA Announces New Permit Compliance System
The U.S. EPA marked a major milestone in its efforts to modernize the Permit Compliance System (PCS); its new Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS) 2.0 went live on the EPA website. The release of ICIS has two components, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Federal Enforcement and Compliance (FE&C). The two components of ICIS 2.0 are called ICIS-NPDES (aka PCS Modernization) and ICIS-FE&C.
All federal enforcement and compliance information will now be entered into ICIS-FE&C. Thirteen States will begin to use ICIS-NPDES instead of PCS—Alaska, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Virgin Islands and Utah. For these states, all NPDES permitting and enforcement information that a state or EPA would have entered into PCS must now be entered into ICIS-NPDES.
EPA is now preparing to migrate another 16 states, tribes and territories from PCS to ICIS-NPDES. These states and territories will go live in ICIS-NPDES on August 21, 2006. These states and territories are Connecticut, Georgia, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Saint Regis Tribe, Navajo Nation, Guam, American Samoa, Canal Zone, Mariana Islands, Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Offshore and Trust territories. Training for these states and territories starts soon. Questions about this training should be directed to Rochele Kadish at 202.564.3106 or [email protected].