Pretreatment Permits

The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (department) was delegated the authority for the Pretreatment Program from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a part of the NDPDES permits program in 2005. The basis and implementation for the Pretreatment Program is defined in 40 CFR 403. The Pretreatment Program regulates the discharge of industrial process wastewater into the Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs). The goal of the pretreatment program is to prevent industrial wastewater discharges from interfering or passing through the POTW treatment system into the environment. The program is also designed to protect POTW worker health and safety as well as ensure biosolids left over after treatment can be safely disposed of through the POTWs chosen disposal method. You may visit the EPA National Pretreatment Program website for additional information on the Pretreatment Program.

North Dakota currently has delegated the authority for the Pretreatment Program to five cities, which include Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Mandan, and West Fargo. Industrial facilities located in a city with an approved Pretreatment Program are regulated by that respective city. Industrial facilities located in cities without an approved Pretreatment Program are regulated by the department.

For more information on North Dakota Pretreatment Permits, please contact the NDPDES program at 701.328.5210.

Dental Amalgam Rule

On June 14, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the dental effluent guideline rule which is defined at 40 CFR 441. The goal of this rule is to reduce mercury discharges from dental amalgam to POTWs, as such this rule falls under the Pretreatment Program. All dental offices are required to submit a One-Time Compliance (OTC) Report. For dental offices which do not place and/or remove dental amalgam, submitting the OTC is the only requirement. For dental offices that do place and/or remove amalgam in addition to submitting the OTC, the requirements are as follow:

  • An amalgam separator or equivalent device must be installed and operated and;
  • Specific best management practices (BMPs) must be in place and;
  • Records must be kept in accordance with 40 CFR 441

  • Submission of the OTC Report was required by July 14, 2020. However, if there was a change of ownership or the facility recently opened an OTC Report is required within 90 days. If a OTC Report has not been submitted, please submit one as soon as possible. Dental offices within the cities of Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Mandan, and West Fargo should contact that respective city for regulating information.

    For more information on the Dental Amalgam Rule, please contact the NDPDES program at 701.328.5210.

    Water Quality Division Employee Email List (click to expand)

    Last Name First Name E-Mail Address Program Phone
    Anderson Carl WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5213
    Becker Sarah WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-9151
    Brazil Emily WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5296
    Delzer Alexis WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5282
    Espe Brady WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5228
    Gilley Cameron WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5210
    Gleich Casey WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-4164
    Gross Joe WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5292
    Grossman Dallas WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5242
    Hanson Lawrence WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5291
    Haroldson Marty WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5234
    Harrison Kylee WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5187
    Hite Nicole WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-1676
    Houle Brian WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5193
    Hulst Annelise WQ Watershed Management 701-328-1377
    Joynt Emily WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5239
    Kaiser Don WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5151
    Kritzberger Ryan WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-9035
    Kruske Montana WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5172
    McCauley Jenna WQ Watershed Management
    McGee Julia WQ Watershed Management 701-328-1380
    Miller Meridith WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5166
    Nelson Amber Water Quality Division 701-328-5210
    Novak Emilee WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5240
    Olson Jaxsyn WQ Watershed Management 701-328-1382
    Rockeman Karl Water Quality Division 701-328-5225
    Schick McKenzie WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5288
    Schiwal Alyssa WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5159
    Schuett Patrick WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5235
    Stockdill Scott WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5241
    Strommen Rachel WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5244
    Suess Bill WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5216
    Suggs Shannon WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-6409
    Waldron Feld Sarah WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5237
    Wallery Paige WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5243
    Wax Peter WQ Special Projects 701-328-5268
    Wert Joshua WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5214
    Wirth Cherreka WQ Watershed Management 701-328-9166
    Woutat Tanner WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5233