Utah Thermal Discharges: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Utah Water Quality Act, Utah Code Annotated (UCA) 19-5-101 to 19-5-123

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Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) permit program: Utah Administrative Rules (R) 317-8-1 to R317-8-8

Thermal discharges in Utah: R317-8-3.5

Use designations: R317-2-6

Temperature criteria: R317-2-14

Variance requests: R317-8-2 and R317-8-7

Regulatory Agencies

Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Water Quality

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. Utah regulates water temperatures under its general water quality standards. The state also requires that temperature be part of the state's surface monitoring system under the UPDES permit program. Utah generally follows the federal rules when issuing general and individual permits for thermal discharges under authorization from the Utah Water Quality Act.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Division of Water Quality is fully authorized to administer and enforce the state's water quality program, including thermal discharge permitting requirements.

State Requirements



The state's UPDES program requires permits for any wastewater discharge from a point source into state waters. All UPDES applicants must provide detailed information concerning the nature of the discharge, including effluent characteristics. One such effluent characteristic is temperature, which must be reported in both the winter and summer. Utah also includes heat in its definition of a "pollutant."



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