Governing Law and Regulations
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 regulates water temperatures under its general water quality standards. The state also requires that temperature be part of the state's surface monitoring system under the UPDES permit program. Utah generally follows the federal rules when issuing general and individual permits for thermal discharges under authorization from the Utah Water Quality Act.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Division of Water Quality is fully authorized to administer and enforce the state's water quality program, including thermal discharge permitting requirements.
THERMAL DISCHARGES IN UTAH
The state's UPDES program requires permits for any wastewater discharge from a point source into state waters. All UPDES applicants must provide detailed information concerning the nature of the discharge, including effluent characteristics. One such effluent characteristic is temperature, which must be reported in both the winter and summer. Utah also includes heat in its definition of a "pollutant."
Utah groups the waters of ...