Governing Law and Regulations
Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Environmental Response and Remediation Superfund Program
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 has its own Superfund program for the cleanup of contaminated sites. The HSMA provides enforcement authority, establishes the Hazardous Substance Mitigation (HSM) Fund, and provides for a priority list.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Superfund Branch administers and enforces the state Superfund rules in Utah. EPA's Region 8 office administers and enforces the federal Superfund rules under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
Distinctions Between HSMA and CERCLA
The most significant distinctions between the Utah Superfund program and the federal Superfund program are:
- Except for emergency situations where there is a direct and immediate threat to public health or the environment, the state program applies only to facilities that cannot be cleaned up under any other state statute.
- The authorities ...