Utah Stormwater-General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Utah Stormwater-General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Utah Water Quality Act, Utah Code Annotated (UCA) 19-5-101 to 19-5-120

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

Regulatory Agency

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

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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, known as the Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) program in the state, and to issue individual and general permits. Utah generally follows the federal permitting requirements, and issues permits that cover discharges associated with industrial facilities, construction activities, and large, medium, and small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). See the national section STORMWATER - GENERAL for more information on the federal stormwater program, and the state sections STORMWATER - INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES, STORMWATER- CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES, and STORMWATER - MUNICIPALITIES for information on the state program as it pertains to specific discharges.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Division of Water Quality is fully authorized to administer and enforce the state's UPDES permit program for stormwater discharges. Applications for UPDES permits should be filed with the Division on forms approved by the state.

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