Category: Environmental Response and Remediation

Division of Environmental Response and Remediation
2017 State of the Environment Report

The Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) is committed to cleaning up properties to protect human health and the environment, ensuring that underground storage tanks are used properly, delivering exceptional customer service, and forming collaborative partnerships with businesses and stakeholders. Program objectives include: Assessment and cleanup of contaminated properties to protect human health and …

Read More
Ogden Business Exchange Conceptual Design.

Cows to Commerce: DEQ Cleanup Program Helps Ogden Develop Business Exchange

By Joe Katz Ogden has a long history as a railroad hub. At one point, the local chamber of commerce’s motto was, “You can’t get anywhere without coming to Ogden.” Its location along the original Transcontinental Railroad brought the industry and commerce that easy access to rail provides. Ogden still has significant rail traffic, but …

Read More
Mining materials account for the largest proportion of TRI "releases" in Utah. Photo courtesy Flickr Creative Commons, photographer NewsRover.

The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI): What It Means, How It’s Used

By Christine Osborne The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) is a public database that chronicles toxic chemical releases, transfers, waste management, and pollution-prevention activities throughout the United States. A recent Forbes article ranked Utah as the third-highest state in the country for toxic releases based on data in the TRI for the reporting year (RY) 2015. These same …

Read More

Advisory Committee: Utah State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

The SERC established an advisory committee to allow for a greater diversity of input into SERC decisions. As provided by Utah Administrative Rule R698-5-3 the State Hazardous Chemical Emergency Response Commission Advisory Committee’s duties are to provide direction to the SERC in the following matters: The creation, modification or dissolving of Local Emergency Planning Committees …

Read More

Utah State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

In response to EPCRA planning requirements, the Utah legislature enacted the Hazardous Chemical Emergency Planning and Information Act, which established the “Hazardous Chemical Emergency Response Commission” and authorized the Commission to carry out all EPCRA requirements. The Commission is composed of representatives from the Utah Department of Public Safety, and the Department of Environmental Quality. …

Read More

DEQ’s Voluntary Cleanup Program: A Primer in Customer Service

By Joe Katz Someone once told me “A good project is never finished.” It seems like many environmental cleanup projects support this statement, even some you think are well in the rearview mirror. This is the story of one of them. The Jordan School District built the Sunset Ridge Middle School in 2005. This was …

Read More

Report an Incident

Reporting Routine Environmental Incidents Regulated industry, permitted facilities, waste transporters and others are required by federal and/or state laws or regulations to report chemical spills and other environmental incidents within certain time frames, depending on the type of incident. Some incidents may also require the responsible party to notify the National Response Center at (800) …

Read More

Environmental Response & Remediation
2016 State of the Environment Report

The Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) is committed to cleaning up properties to protect human health and the environment, ensuring that underground storage tanks are used properly, delivering exceptional customer service, and forming collaborative partnerships with businesses and stakeholders. Program objectives include: Assessment and cleanup of contaminated properties to protect human health and …

Read More

Tracking Increases Tank Compliance

By Doug Hansen The SUCCESS framework is Governor Herbert’s initiative to improve performance in state government by increasing operational efficiencies. In August 2014, DEQ logged its first project into the Success Management Information System (SMIS), the reporting tool used by the Office of Management and Budget to track the implementation of SUCCESS projects. DEQ’s project, …

Read More

EPA’s Superfund Program

 By Dave Allison It’s always challenging working as a liaison with the public on abandoned hazardous waste sites in Utah through EPA’s Superfund program. Chances are you’ve probably never heard of CERCLA or Superfund until a site is designated within your community and it’s our job to make a very complex process more understandable. The …

Read More

DERR Division of Environmental Response and Remediation

By Brent Everett The Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) is committed to making our programs as open and transparent to the public as possible. That’s one reason my staff and I are proud of DERR’s Interactive Map, a web-based tool that helps the public locate information about Superfund sites, Brownfields, underground storage tanks …

Read More

Getting Rid of Household Hazardous Waste

By Pat Sheehan Household hazardous waste (HHHW) is any waste produced in the home which contains hazardous substances or may pose a threat to the environment, pets and wildlife, or human health (think little children as the most immediate risk). Products containing hazardous substances are often labeled with words such as: toxic, flammable, corrosive, reactive, …

Read More

Ronald McDonald House

It looked like the “the house that love built” would have to put its expansion plans on hold after contractors for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) discovered gasoline contamination on property slated to house their new 38,000 square foot facility. The Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) assisted RMHC by facilitating the installation of a vapor barrier so construction could proceed.

Read More