Governing Law and Regulations
Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Water Quality
Utah Water Quality Board
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 is authorized to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, known in Utah as Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES). The state generally follows the federal rules for concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) permitting. See the national section AG WASTE for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Division of Water Quality, under the direction of the Utah Water Quality Board, is fully authorized to administer and enforce the state's UPDES permit program, including CAFOs. The Utah Water Quality Board may also require any person authorized by a general permit to apply for and obtain an individual UPDES CAFO permit.
To obtain more information about discharges from an outlet or point source, see the state section NPDES PERMIT. Utah also regulates agricultural operations when they use or store pesticides or have underground storage tanks. For more information on these subjects, see the state sections PESTICIDES ...