Utah NPDES regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Utah NPDES: 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

Applicability: R317-8-2.1

Exclusions: R317-8-2.1(2)

Case-by-case determination: R317-8-2.1(3)

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs): R317-8-3.6

Aquaculture projects: R317-8-7.2

Variances: R317-8-2.3

General permits: R317-8-2.5

Individual permits: R317-8-2.5(2)(c)

Discharge to wells, publicly owned treatment works (POTWs), or land application: R317-8-2.6

Permit requirements:

Permit application: R317-8-3

Recordkeeping: R317-8-3.1(8)

Reporting: R317-8-4.1(12)(f)

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 is fully authorized to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program permits (referred to as the Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) in Utah) and to issue individual and general permits. Utah has adopted federal NPDES rules by reference. For additional guidance, see the national section NPDES PERMIT.

Utah issues general NPDES permits for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activities and for stormwater discharges associated with construction activities. See the state section STORMWATER DISCHARGE PERMITS for more information about stormwater discharge permitting.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Division of Water Quality is fully authorized to administer ...


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