Governing Law and Regulations
Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Permitting and Compliance Division Water Protection Bureau
DEQ Permitting and Compliance Division Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau
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 fully authorized to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program and to issue individual and general permits (known as MPDES permits in Montana). However, the state has not received EPA delegation of its pretreatment program.
Montana has essentially adopted the federal pretreatment regulations for industrial users who discharge their waste into publicly owned treatment works (POTW). However, because it is not an EPA-approved program, EPA's Region 8 administers and enforces the federal pretreatment regulations under 40 CFR 403et seq. See the national section PRETREATMENT STANDARDS for further information.
EPA's Region 8 also administers the federal sewage sludge disposal rules in Montana because a state sewage sludge program has not been approved.
Montana has implemented regulations to provide standards for licensing of ...