Governing Law and Regulations
Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Permitting and Compliance Division Water Protection Bureau
DEQ Board of Environmental Review (BER)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Montana is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program and to issue individual and general permits for wastewater discharges from a point source. Montana has established the Montana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (MPDES) permit system, which adopts the federal NPDES permit program by reference.
In addition to federal rules, new and existing concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) must provide certain information to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and also comply with additional requirements concerning nonpoint source pollution from agricultural nutrients (both manure and fertilizers), where such material threatens groundwater or surface water. See the national section AG WASTE for information on the federal CAFO permitting requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Water Protection Bureau is fully authorized to administer ...