Senate Bill 325 Rulemaking Workgroup

Overview

The 2015 Montana Legislature passed Senate Bill325, which is intended to provide tools to protect users of Montana’s waters from having to clean up pollution that those users did not cause. The new language from the bill was codified as Montana Code Annotated (MCA) 75-5-222, which contains two provisions that require rulemaking. The first piece of the statute states that the Department of Environmental Quality cannot use water quality standards that are more stringent than the nonanthropogenic -- or natural -- condition of a water body.The second piece of the statute states that if pollution upstream of a discharger is due to anthropogenic sources, a variance from standards may be appropriate under certain conditions.

SB 325 Rulemaking Workgroup

The SB 325 Rulemaking Workgroup is made up of individuals from Montana representing widely varying interests. The purpose of the workgroup is to work with DEQ to draft rules that implement MCA 75-5-222 in accordance with other state and federal regulations.

Adoption of rules for MCA 75-5-222 is the responsibility of the Board of Environmental Review. Therefore, rules drafted by DEQ and the SB 325 Rulemaking Workgroup will ultimately go before the Board for consideration and adoption. 

Main Line: (406) 444-6836
Staff Contact: Amy Steinmetz
Phone: (406) 444-0371

 

 

 

February 21st, 2017 Meeting

Agenda and Final Minutes

 

January 17th, 2017 Meeting

Agenda and Final Minutes

Other Documents Relevant to the Meeting Discussion:

 

December 12th, 2016 Meeting

Agenda and Final Minutes

 

November 15th, 2016 Meeting

Agenda and Final Minutes

Powerpoint Presentations:

October 18th, 2016 Meeting

Agenda and Final Minutes

Other documents relevant to the meeting discussion:

 

September 19th, 2016 Meeting

Agenda and Final Minutes

Implementation Guidance for 75-2-22: Updated September 2016

Part 2 Rules Draft: Updated September 2016

 

July 26th, 2016 Meeting

Agenda and Final Minutes

Powerpoint Presentations:

 

June 21st, 2016 Meeting

Agenda and Final Minutes

Part 1 Rules Draft

Part 2 Rules Draft

Implementation Guidance for 75-5-222, MCA

 

May 17th, 2016 Meeting

Agenda and Final Minutes

AK Rule Summary

MCA 75-5-222

 

April 20th, 2016 Meeting

Agenda and Final Minutes

PowerPoint Presentation, Mike Suplee

Streamlined vs. Case by Case

 

March 22, 2016 Meeting

Agenda and Final Minutes

Individual variances and EPA approval

Variance flow chart

Draft rule language for MCA 75-5-222(2)

Presentation: "Guidance Documents and Department Circulars"

 

February 23, 2016 Meeting

Agenda and Final Minutes

PowerPoint Presentation, Mike Suplee

131.10(g) Factors

EPA's response to January 21 meeting questions

Other documents relevant to the meeting discussion:

 

January 21st, 2016 Meeting

Final Minutes

Montana's Base Numeric Nutrient Standards are a modification of the EPA’s 1995 Economic Impact Guidance.