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DWQ Developing Draft Rules for Great Salt Lake Mineral Extraction Facility Operator Certification Approval

The Division of Water Quality (DWQ) is providing an opportunity for the public to provide informal comment on proposed new rules required by House Bill 513 (codified as amended Utah Code § 65A-6-4), which requires the review and approval of the Department of Environmental Quality to ensure that the operations will not negatively impact the biota or chemistry of GSL.  See the draft rules on the DWQ Rules page for more details.

The EPA Published Draft Guidance Associated with NPDES Permitting of Certain Discharges through Groundwater to Surface Waters  

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published in the Federal Register Draft Guidance: Applying the Supreme Court’s “County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund” Decision in the Clean Water Act Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program to Discharges through Groundwater.  As the Draft Guidance is currently in draft form, the Division of Water Quality does not yet know how or whether it will impact Permittees. However, if finalized and implemented, the Draft Guidance may have substantial impacts on some Permittees in Utah.  Please visit the EPA webpage to view the Draft Guidance. 

2023 Triennial Review

The Utah Division of Water Quality is conducting the 2023 Triennial Review of Utah’s Water Quality Standards. DWQ is asking for comments from the public and stakeholders about recommended changes to Utah Administrative Code R317-2 Standards of Quality for Waters of the State. A public hearing to receive comments will be held at 6:00 PM December 14, 2023. Written comments will be accepted until 6:00 PM December 15, 2023.

For background information, supporting documents, details on the hearing, or to submit comments, visit DWQ’s Triennial Review page.

Public Notices

John Mackey: Director, Division of Water Quality
John Mackey, Director

P.O. Box 144870
Salt Lake City, Utah
Phone: (801) 536-4300
FAX: (801) 536-4301



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195 North 1950 West
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