COVID-19: In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is limiting person-to-person contact and will close our offices to the public starting on April 3. Please contact DEQ here to conduct business.

Operations During COVID-19

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to encourage the practice of social distancing, the scientists, engineers and staff of Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality are working remotely.

The Department of Environmental Quality’s office building will remain open with a few key employees to answer calls and direct walk-in traffic, all other employees should be available via phone or email. Please find below a handful of resources to help you work effectively with the department at this time.

Air Quality

If you need to submit a Notice of Intent (Air Quality Permit Application) please submit an electronic copy here.

If you have permitting questions please contact:

Minor Sources: Alan Humphreys at (801) 536-4142

Major Sources: Jon Black at (801) 536-4047

Air monitoring will continue as usual and forecasts and current conditions are available at air.utah.gov or through the UtahAir app.

Water Quality

As the Division of Water Quality responds to potential impacts to operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please observe to the following guidance regarding construction site stormwater management and inspections. This will ensure the protection of water quality:

  1. Operators should be prepared to stabilize a site to prevent erosion and sediment loss in the event of a necessary shut down of operations. Install and maintain BMPs and be prepared to stabilize disturbed surfaces.
  2. The requirements of the stormwater permits are not suspended due to a shutdown. If an operator plans to shut down, temporary stabilization measures must be taken to prevent erosion and sediment loss during the down period.  Once temporary stabilization measures are in place and documented, reduced inspections can occur per Construction General Permit Part 4.4.
  3. If a site is in active construction, both operator self-inspections and MS4 inspections should be performed per the CGP and MS4 permit-dictated schedule while maintaining proper social distancing, i.e. reviewing SWPPPs online with questions and follow up via email and phone.

UPDES NeT Program Services for eReporting is available here.

If you have questions, concerns, or need assistance please reach out to the Division of Water Quality.

Drinking Water

Water operators are essential personnel and should be prepared to address potential impacts to supply due to personnel interruptions tied to COVID-19. Water systems play a vital role in public health and Rural Water Association and the Division of Drinking Water are here to help systems put measures in place that ensure seamless operations during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the following document for additional instructions.

Water operators can find more coronavirus response resources at the Division of Drinking Water homepage.

DEQ’s Regulatory Guidance During COVID19 Pandemic

Below are links to regulatory guidance memos for each division. Regulated entities should contact DEQ with any questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect their compliance with environmental protections.

Division of Air Quality

Division of Water Quality

Division of Drinking Water

Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control

Division of Environmental Response and Remediation

Spill Hotline

The spill hotline number at (801) 536-4123 is for the reporting hazardous substance release to DEQ. The spill line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Last updated: April 2, 2020 at 1:41 pm
Categories: News
Tags: