Utah Environment - General: What you need to know

Overview of Utah's Environmental Rules


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In Utah, the counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Utah's DEQ has been delegated authority by EPA to administer federal programs for air emissions, wastewater and stormwater discharges, hazardous waste management, and workplace safety and health. Utah has adopted many of the federal standards that govern these activities, except that some state standards for hazardous waste management and groundwater protection are stricter than federal standards.


Utah's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP). The SIP is a plan that details methods and strategies by which the state will implement, maintain, and enforce the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. As mandated by the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), each state must adopt and submit a SIP to EPA for approval. Utah's SIP was officially submitted to EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended in order to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, emission standards, requirements for nonattainment areas, hazardous air pollutants, and numerous other air-related programs.

DEQ's Division of Air Quality is responsible for administering and enforcing Utah's air quality rules.


In Utah, wastewater discharges to groundwater and surface waters are regulated through the Utah Water Quality Act. The state is fully authorized by EPA to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for surface water discharges. In Utah, the NPDES permit program is referred to as the Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program.

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