3 How do I report my sample results? Part II of the permit requires reporting of monitoring results on a Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR)form (EPA No or an approved substitute ). See LDEQ website---http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/If there is No Discharge during the monitoring period, it must be reported as such in the upper right corner of the DMR.Submit DMRs to the Enforcement Division of the Office of Environmental Compliance.
5 Discharge Monitoring Reports: Instructions for Completion 1. Permittee Name/Address - Name and mailing Address of permittee.2. Facility/Location - Enter if different from mailing address.3. Permit Number - State abbreviation and permit number as it appears on the NPDES permit, which consists of two alpha and seven numeric characters, normally. In case of General Permits, the first three characters will be alpha with the last six numeric.4. Discharge Number (Outfall Number) - Consist of a combination of four alpha and numeric characters. (Examples:001A, 002Q, 003S, 004Y). Some exceptions include, but are not limited to, biomonitoring/toxicity. The first two characters are TX, indicating toxicity testing. The last two characters are usually an assigned code used for Agency tracking purposes (Examples: TX1A, etc.)Ok, now that we know how important it is to fill out the DMR properly and sign the form, let’s move onto the instructions on how to do just that.First, on your DMR form you must write or type in the Permittee’s name and address….Note for Number 4:Let me just make a note here, that if your permit requires some parameters to be sampled once a day and then other parameters in the same outfall to be sampled yearly, the two different parameters go on two separate DMRs. The monthly would go on an 001A and the yearly would go on an 001Y…there two parameters would never go on the same DMR.Also, if you have to different monitoring outfalls in your permit, the two different sets of data go on two different DMRs…never on the same DMR. So, there would be an 001A and an 002A.
6 Discharge Monitoring Reports: Instructions for CompletionMonitoring Period - From first day of monitoring period through last day of monitoring period. The dates should be displayed as MO DAY YR. Applicable monitoring periods will be specified in each permit. Some examples include but are not limited to:Type Designator Start Date End DateMonthly A 01/01/2014 to 01/31/2014Bi-mothly B 01/01/2014 to 02/28/2014Quarterly Q 01/01/2014 to 03/31/2014Semi-annual S 01/01/2014 to 06/30/2014Annual Y 01/01/2014 to 12/31/2014Not all monitoring periods and submittal dates coincide with the calendar…you should check PART II of your permit to see if it lists specific period time frames for sampling and submittal of DMRs.If there is no specified schedule, your periods start with the effective date of the permit. So for example, your permit became effective February 1, 2002….then all of your quarterly, semiannual, and annual DMR periods would all start and end one month off of this schedule in number 5…they would all start with February 1, 2002.MONITORING PERIODS ARE ANCHORED TO EFFECTIVE DATES ON THE PERMIT!Note for 6:In addition to checking the “NO Discharge” box, it is also a good idea to write this out in the parameter boxes or across the whole DMR.
7 Discharge Monitoring Reports: Instructions for Completion6. No Discharge - If the facility has no flow/no discharge for specific outfall and/or monitoring period, “NO DISCHARGE” must be indicated for that outfall and monitoring period.7. Parameters -Specified in the permit as effluent characteristics for each discharge number (outfall), one parameter per box. Each box must display the parameter name and corresponding STORET code number. (Example: BOD (00310), pH(00400), TSS(00530), Flow(50050)). The parameters should display on the DMR Form in numeric order by STORET code number.Sample Measurement - Sample measurement data for each parameter.Permit Requirement - Effluent limitations for each parameter as specified in the permit are displayed on the DMR under “Quantity or loading” and/or “Quality or Concentration”. Monitoring requirements for frequency of analysis and sample type as specified in the permit are also displayed. The DMR must reflect the most current monitoring and reporting period.Not all monitoring periods and submittal dates coincide with the calendar…you should check PART II of your permit to see if it lists specific period time frames for sampling and submittal of DMRs.If there is no specified schedule, your periods start with the effective date of the permit. So for example, your permit became effective February 1, 2002….then all of your quarterly, semiannual, and annual DMR periods would all start and end one month off of this schedule in number 5…they would all start with February 1, 2002.MONITORING PERIODS ARE ANCHORED TO EFFECTIVE DATES ON THE PERMIT!Note for 6:In addition to checking the “NO Discharge” box, it is also a good idea to write this out in the parameter boxes or across the whole DMR.
8 Discharge Monitoring Reports: Instructions for CompletionNo. Ex.- Enter the number of sample measurements during the monitoring period that exceed minimum, maximum, or weekly average permit requirement for each parameter(If none, enter “0”)Name/Title Principal Executive Officer or Authorized agent - See your permit for qualifications of Principal Executive Officer and signature authorization.Signature - Original legible signature of authorized Principal Executive Officer or Authorized agent. Every page of the DMR must have an original signature.Telephone - Telephone number of Principal Executive Officer.Date - Actual date of signature certifying and authenticating data submitted on DMR.
9 Discharge Monitoring Reports: Instructions for Completion15. Comments - May contain any clarifying information by either Agency or Permitee.16. Note - The results of any additional monitoring of parameters at the location(s) designated in the permit, using approved analytical methods, must be included on the DMR (see part III.C.8 of permit).17. The most recent version of Discharge Monitoring Report can be found at:18. Revised DMRs - In the event a revised or corrected DMR is necessary, an original authorized signature and date of signature is required on each page. The word REVISED should be clearly visible on each of the pages of the form.A lot of times I have facilities that only have to monitor certain parameters during certain times of the year…so, for the times that sampling is not required they simply put an asterisk in the sample value space and then down in the comments tell me what the asterisk means…no sampling required this period. These are the kinds of things that should be put in the comments section. Never abbreviate anything on the DMR that you do not explain…put your explanations in the comments section. If we don’t understand clearly what your comments mean on the DMR we will ask for a resubmittal which may then be considered late.#15….by approved Methods we mean the EPA’s Approved Methods
10 Revised and/or Corrected DMRs Reasons:1. Missing Original Signature.2. Missing Sample Measurements.3. Parameters Not Reported.4. Missing.-Frequency of Analysis.-Sample Type.-Number of Excursions.5. Missing LPDES Number.6. Missing Discharge Number(Outfall).7. Missing Monitoring Period.8. Incorrectly reported measurements.EnvironmentalRegulatorycodeOk, now that we understand how to fill a DMR out completely and correctly, what are some possibly reasons that a revised or corrected DMR form would need to be submitted to the Department?….Well, ifRemember, it is always the responsibility of the permittee to submit complete, accurate and legible self-monitoring data.The Permittee is responsible for submitting complete, accurate and legible self-monitoring data.
11 Revised and/or Corrected DMRs Revised DMR Must Contain:1. A New Original Signature.2. Date of New Signature.3. Clear Marking - “REVISED”.Indicate what has beenrevised on the DMR.EnvironmentalRegulatorycodeOk, so I have already sent in my DMR when I realize that I made a mistake…what do I do?You must submit a revised/corrected DMR…This revised DMR must contain the following things…The Permittee is responsible for submitting complete, accurate andlegible self-monitoring data.
12 John Smith 08/04/2011Our original TSS data was incorrect; we are submitting a revised DMR that gives the correct information
13 Noncompliance Reporting The Permittee shall report any instance of noncompliance with its permit. Part III, Section D of the General Permits contain requirements for reporting:Anticipated Noncompliance24-hour reporting of conditions which may endanger health and the environment (via phone or fax), andAny other Noncompliance that must be reported
14 Non-Compliance Reporting Reports Must Contain:1. Type of Violation.2. Date of Violation.3. Duration of Violation.4. Cause of Violation.5. Corrective Action Taken.6. How Remediated.
16 COMMON ERRORS on DMRs Wrong Permit Number Invalid Permit Number No Permit NumberWrong Permit NumberInvalid Permit Numberhas more/less than 7 digitsfor generals, uses master general number instead of site specificNo SignatureSignature is a CopyNo Monitoring PeriodInvalid Monitoring Period
17 COMMON ERRORS on DMRs Missing Statistical Base Codes No Discharge Numberex. 001A, 002QMissing Statistical Base CodesMO AVG, WKLY AVG, DAILY MAXIncorrect/Missing Limits, Units, Frequency, Sample TypeReporting data in blanks that are not required by the permitReporting Min, Avg, and Max when only Max is required
18 MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS How do I calculate and report Monthly Average?- Monthly Average is the arithmetic average of all results during one distinct calendar month- Results from different months can NOT be average together to calculate the monthly average- If samples are taken during more than one month during a monitoring period, then the highest monthly average shall be reported on the DMRHow do I calculate and report Daily Maximum?-Daily Maximum is the maximum concentration measured on a single day, by the sample type specified in the permit-If samples are taken during more than one month during a monitoring period, then the highest daily maximum shall be reported on the DMR
19 MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS How do I calculate and report 7-day Averages?-We recognize that calendar weeks and calendar months rarely coincide. Therefore, for the purpose of calculating and reporting 7-day averages, you should follow this process:A. Define your week (SUN-SAT, MON-SUN etc.).B. Calculate the average of all sample data obtained for each week.C. The highest calculated weekly average will be reported on the DMR for the month in which(1) the week ends or (2) the week begins, or (3) the month which contains the greatest number of days. It is the choice of the permittee. However, the choice should be consistent month to month, year to year.SET A RULE AND STICK WITH IT.
20 MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS How do I calculate geometric average (fecal only)?The geometric mean of a data set is given by:Multiply all sample values together and get the nth root (where n is the # of samples)Example:4 Sample values of , 75, 200, 24Multiplied together equal 54,000,000The 4th root equalsIf you only have one sample, the 1st root of that a number is that number.
21 MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS How do I report “too numerous to count” Coliform samples?Report TNTC on the DMR. A TNTC reported on the DMR exceeds the permit limit and is considered a permit violation. Actual numbers are required by the permit and should be reported when possible.How do I count number of exceedences?If daily maximum/daily minimum, count each sample that is below and/or above the maximum/minimum limit. If 7-day average or weekly limit, every 7- day average which exceeds the limit in the permit shall be counted as one exceedence. DO NOT INCLUDE 30-DAY AVERAGES OR DAILY AVERAGES AS EXCEEDENCES ON DMRs.
22 MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS Who can sign a DMR?See your permit for authorized signatory official. An authorization for anyone other than the person designated in the permit must be on file with the regulatory agency and signed by the permit signatory authority.Do I have to sign each page of my DMR?Yes. Each page must be signed. If any revisions are submitted, that revised page must also have an original signature and a new signature date.
23 Record Keeping Records must be maintained for 3 years Records must be presented upon request; for records maintained in a central or private office that is open during normal office hours and is closed at the time of inspection, the records shall be made available as soon as the office is open and no later than the close of business the next working day.The types of records and the contents of the records are specified in the regulations:LAC 33:IX.2701.J.2&3LAC 33:IX.6515
25 NetDMR Project Overview Collaboration of 19 states using EPA grant moneyDesign began in September 2005LDEQ active in design processGoal to provide interface for electronic DMR reporting that could be used nationallyIntegrated with EPA’s national NPDES database
26 NetDMR Implemented EPA Installation Available June 22, 2009 LDEQ ImplementationPhased ApproachImmediately available to major facilitiesMinor permits added as resources allow and upon requestAs soon as it was made available by EPA, we began implementation and working with those that inquired about the use of NetDMR.
27 What does NetDMR do?Accepts DMR submissions electronically and pushes data directly to EPA’s national databaseCreates signed XML document as versatile copy of recordImproves data flow from facilities to State/EPA
28 How it works… User registration Request/receive access to permit Search/View DMR templatesEnter data (using online forms or importing feature)Sign and Submit DMRsSimilar to most online systems, like online banking and bill pay services.
29 Permit User Roles Permit Administrator(s) Signatory Authority Responsible for facility/permit user managementSignatory AuthorityMust have signatory authorityCan add, edit and submit reportsData ProviderCan add/edit data, but not submit reportsRead-onlyExternal = Facility
30 Sample Log-in ScreenCurrently being used for test which explains information in News section.Note: Check permit availability
31 Results ScreenNote:Drop down list for type of action to take for each DMRDownload/submit multiple DMRs from this screen
32 Web Form Closely resembles current DMR form Current limit information is pre-populatedOnly allows data input in required/optional fields
33 DMR TemplateNote:Effluent Trading will not appear for any LDEQ DMRs because we do not have that programOnly fields which require data will appear as options for data entryDrow down lists of definitions available. Lists are limited to relevant options.
34 Helpful Features Data validity checks Hard errors – DMR will not be acceptede.g. alpha character in a numeric only fieldSoft errors – Informational alertse.g. values which are exceedances of the permitted limit
35 Helpful Features (cont.) Highlighted limit violationsAbility to note reasons for missing data at the parameter levelLarge comment area to include non-compliance report informationAbility to attach documents (does not become part of EPA national database)Attachments can be added and are viewed by LDEQ and become part of EDMS. However, only the DMR data transfers to EPA.
36 Importing DataImport the data for one or more DMRs by uploading a text fileMust still use the NetDMR web form to:Acknowledge soft errorsadd DMR level information (comments/attachments)Sign a completed DMR
38 Sign and Submit ScreenShows summary information about DMR being submittedRequires identity verification – CROMERR Requirement
39 Benefits of NetDMR Eliminates paper DMR data submittals Improves data quality and availabilityEncourages proper reportingProvides confirmation of DMR submissionSaves money on postageWe also hope this will help to eliminate reporting violationsTimelinessCompleteness
40 Training LDEQ offering training courses statewide Next class is being held in Baton RougePlan to continue quarterly classes throughout the stateEPA offers web based training periodicallyTraining initially is focused on major facilities. Post cards are mailed out to the major facilities in the area of the training and invited to register. Others may attend and sign up for NetDMR. We add permits and users as quickly as possible. Those who contact us about NetDMR we try to add immediately.
41 Common Errors/Issues in NetDMR Choosing correct User Role during set-upForgettingpasswordssecurity question answersthat both are case sensitiveAttachmentsnot PDF formathave spaces in the file name
42 EPA E-Reporting Rule EPA’s proposed e-reporting rule Main Impact on DMR submittalEveryone will be required to use NetDMR or a similar program to submit DMRsdraft rule requires this within 2 years of implementationA hardship clause will be included for those who cannot readily access the internetAs soon as it was made available by EPA, we began implementation and working with those that inquired about the use of NetDMR.
43 Questions or More Information? Kathy HuddleChristine MayeuxAshley Viator
44 Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ)Discharge MonitoringReports (DMRs)& NetDMR