Utah Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Utah Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Release Notification: Utah Code Annotated (UCA) 19-5-114

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Oil Drilling: Utah Administrative Rules (R) 649-3-32

Great Salt Lake: R649-3-33

Regulatory Agencies

Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Utah Department of Natural Resources Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining (DOGM)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8

For emergency release notification, contact:DEQ's Division of Water Quality at801-536-4300 (business hours)801-536-4123 (after hours)
National Response Center (NRC)800- 424-8802 (24-hr)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Utah's oil spill rules generally parallel federal standards. In fact, Utah law prohibits regulations that are more stringent than the corresponding federal regulations, unless it is determined that the federal rules are inadequate to protect human health and the environment. See the national section OIL SPILLS for additional guidance.

The state also follows the federal rules and allows facilities that are required to prepare contingency plans to use part of their spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) plans where they are applicable. For additional information, see the national section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN.

Utah's pollution control rules include leak detection standards as a safeguard to preventing spills, releases, and unnecessary contamination. See the state section LEAK DETECTION for more information.

The state has also established requirements for oil and gas drilling operations in Utah, including for spills and discharges in the Great Salt Lake area.

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