DAR File No. 38288
This rule was published in the March 1, 2014, issue (Vol. 2014, No. 5) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Environmental Quality, Water Quality
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 38288
Filed: 02/11/2014 03:46:45 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
Section R317-2-7.1 allows site-specific standards when the natural or unalterable conditions prevent the attainment of the statewide standard. In this case, the statewide standard for total dissolved solids to protect the designated use Class 4 (agricultural use) waters is 1,200 mg/l. After a two year intensive study to supplement the existing historical data, a report titled Proposed Site-Specific Standard for Total Dissolved Solids, Blue Creek, Box Elder County, Utah was produced by the Utah Division of Water Quality and drafted on 09/04/2013. This amendment is a site-specific standard based on natural conditions proposed for Blue Creek reservoir and Blue Creek, Box Elder County, Utah.
Summary of the rule or change:
The site-specific total dissolved solids standards would be added as a footnote to Table 2.14.1 in Section R317-2-14. For Blue Creek reservoir, a site-specific total dissolved solids standard of 2,200 mg/l as a one-hour maximum is proposed. For Blue Creek from Great Salt Lake to Blue Creek reservoir, a site-specific total dissolved solids standard of 6,300 mg/l as a one-hour maximum and 3,900 mg/l as a 30-day average is proposed.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 19-5-105
- 33 U.S.C. 1251
- Section 19-5-110
- 33 U.S.C. 1311-1317
- 33 U.S.C. 1329
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
This change is anticipated to have no impacts on the state budget. The costs for supporting the proposed total dissolved solids standard are the same as the costs for the existing total dissolved solids standard.
This change is anticipated to have no impacts on the local governments. The proposed site-specific standard impacts Utah entities required to have discharge permits and local governments do not discharge to the affected waters.
This change is anticipated to have no impacts on small businesses. The proposed site-specific standard impacts Utah entities required to have discharge permits and small businesses do not discharge to the affected waters.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
This change is anticipated to result in significant cost avoidance for the existing permitted discharge to Blue Creek. To comply with the existing 1,200 mg/l by treating their effluent would require the expenditure of significant resources. Potential future businesses that locate in the Blue Creek watershed and have a permitted discharge would also benefit from reduced costs for treatment.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
This change is anticipated to be neutral or reduce costs for affected entities. The proposed site-specific standard impacts Utah entities required to have discharge permits. The proposed change will increase the concentration of total dissolved solids in permitted discharges. If an entity's discharge exceeds 1,200 mg/l (current standard), the proposed change will reduce the need for treatment and associated costs. If an entity's discharge is less than 1,200 mg/l, the change will have no effect.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
These changes will appropriately decrease costs on affected businesses. Under the existing rule, affected businesses are required to remove total dissolved solids from their effluent to concentrations that are lower than naturally occur in the creek.
Amanda Smith, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Environmental Quality
Water QualityRoom DEQ, Third Floor
195 N 1950 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Judy Etherington at the above address, by phone at 801-536-4344, by FAX at 801-536-4301, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
Interested persons may attend a public hearing regarding this rule:
- 03/05/2014 06:00 PM, Brigham City Library, 26 E Forest St, Conference Room, Brigham City, UT
This rule may become effective on:
Walter Baker, Director
R317. Environmental Quality, Water Quality.
R317-2. Standards of Quality for Waters of the State.
R317-2-14. Numeric Criteria.
NUMERIC CRITERIA FOR DOMESTIC,
RECREATION, AND AGRICULTURAL USES
Parameter Domestic Recreation and Agri- Source Aesthetics culture 1C 2A 2B 4 BACTERIOLOGICAL (30-DAY GEOMETRIC MEAN) (NO.)/100 ML) (7) E. coli 206 126 206 MAXIMUM (NO.)/100 ML) (7)E. coli 668 409 668 PHYSICAL pH (RANGE) 6.5-9.0 6.5-9.0 6.5-9.0 6.5-9.0 Turbidity Increase (NTU) 10 10 METALS (DISSOLVED, MAXIMUM MG/L) (2) Arsenic 0.01 0.1 Barium 1.0 Beryllium <0.004 Cadmium 0.01 0.01 Chromium 0.05 0.10 Copper 0.2 Lead 0.015 0.1 Mercury 0.002 Selenium 0.05 0.05 Silver 0.05 INORGANICS (MAXIMUM MG/L) Bromate 0.01 Boron 0.75 Chlorite <1.0 Fluoride (3) 1.4-2.4 Nitrates as N 10 Total Dissolved Solids (4) 1200 RADIOLOGICAL (MAXIMUM pCi/L) Gross Alpha 15 15 Gross Beta 4 mrem/yr Radium 226, 228 (Combined) 5 Strontium 90 8 Tritium 20000 Uranium 30 ORGANICS (MAXIMUM UG/L) Chlorophenoxy Herbicides 2,4-D 70 2,4,5-TP 10 Methoxychlor 40 POLLUTION INDICATORS (5) BOD (MG/L) 5 5 5 Nitrate as N (MG/L) 4 4 Total Phosphorus as P (MG/L)(6) 0.05 0.05 FOOTNOTES: (1) Reserved (2) The dissolved metals method involves filtration of the sample in the field, acidification of the sample in the field, no digestion process in the laboratory, and analysis by approved laboratory methods for the required detection levels. (3) Maximum concentration varies according to the daily maximum mean air temperature. TEMP (C) MG/L 12.0 2.4 12.1-14.6 2.2 14.7-17.6 2.0 17.7-21.4 1.8 21.5-26.2 1.6 26.3-32.5 1.4 (4) SITE SPECIFIC STANDARDS FOR TOTAL DISSOLVED SOLIDS (TDS) Castle Creek from confluence with the Colorado River to Seventh Day Adventist Diversion: 1,800 mg/l; Cottonwood Creek from the confluence with Huntington Creek to I-57: 3,500 mg/l; Ferron Creek from the confluence with San Rafael River to Highway 10: 3,500 mg/l; Huntington Creek and tributaries from the confluence with Cottonwood Creek to U-10: 4,800 mg/l; Ivie Creek and its tributaries from the confluence with Muddy Creek to the confluence with Quitchupah Creek: 3,800 mg/l provided that total sulfate not exceed 2,000 mg/l to protect the livestock watering agricultural existing use; Ivie Creek and its tributaries from the confluence with Quitchupah Creek to U10: 2,600 mg/l; Lost Creek from the confluence with Sevier River to U.S. Forest Service Boundary: 4,600 mg/l; Muddy Creek and tributaries from the confluence with Ivie Creek toU-10: 2,600 mg/l; Muddy Creek from confluence with Fremont River to confluence with Ivie Creek: 5,800 mg/l; North Creek from the confluence with Virgin River to headwaters: 2,035 mg/l; Onion Creek from the confluence with Colorado River to road crossing above Stinking Springs: 3000 mg/l; Brine Creek-Petersen Creek, from the confluence with the Sevier River to U-119 Crossing: 9,700 mg/l; Price River and tributaries from confluence with Green River to confluence with Soldier Creek: 3,000 mg/l; Price River and tributaries from the confluence with Soldier Creek to Carbon Canal Diversion: 1,700 mg/l Quitchupah Creek from the confluence with Ivie Creek to U-10: 3,800 mg/l provided that total sulfate not exceed 2,000 mg/l to protect the livestock watering agricultural existing use; Rock Canyon Creek from the confluence with Cottonwood Creek to headwaters: 3,500 mg/l; San Pitch River from below Gunnison Reservoir to the Sevier River: 2,400 mg/l; San Rafael River from the confluence with the Green River to Buckhorn Crossing: 4,100 mg/l; San Rafael River from the Buckhorn Crossing to the confluence with Huntington Creek and Cottonwood Creek: 3,500 mg/l; Sevier River between Gunnison Bend Reservoir and DMAD Reservoir: 1,725 mg/l; Sevier River from Gunnison Bend Reservoir to Clear Lake: 3,370 mg/l; South Fork Spring Creek from confluence with Pelican Pond Slough Stream to US 89 1,450 mg/l (Apr.-Sept.) 1,950 mg/l (Oct.-March) Virgin River from the Utah/Arizona border to Pah Tempe Springs: 2,360 mg/l (5) Investigations should be conducted to develop more information where these pollution indicator levels are exceeded. (6) Total Phosphorus as P (mg/l) indicator for lakes and reservoirs shall be 0.025. (7) Where the criteria are exceeded and there is a reasonable basis for concluding that the indicator bacteria E. coli are primarily from natural sources (wildlife), e.g., in National Wildlife Refuges and State Waterfowl Management Areas, the criteria may be considered attained provided the density attributable to non-wildlife sources is less than the criteria. Exceedences of E. coli from nonhuman nonpoint sources will generally be addressed through appropriate Federal, State, and local nonpoint source programs. Measurement of E. coli using the "Quanti-Tray 2000" procedure is approved as a field analysis. Other EPA approved methods may also be used. For water quality assessment purposes, up to 10% of representative samples may exceed the 668 per 100 ml criterion (for 1C and 2B waters) and 409 per 100 ml (for 2A waters). For small datasets, where exceedences of these criteria are observed, follow-up ambient monitoring should be conducted to better characterize water quality.
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KEY: water pollution, water quality standards
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
August 19, 2013]
Notice of Continuation: October 2, 2012
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 19-5
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