DEQ has authority to issue permits, licenses, certificates, approvals, registrations, and other authorizations (collectively, “permits”) in a multitude of programs:
- hazardous waste,
- solid waste,
- laboratory accreditation,
- public water supply,
- waste water,
- underground injection control.
Understanding environmental laws and which permits are required for a particular business can be a daunting task. One of the primary functions of DEQ’s Office of External Affairs (OEA) is to help both new and existing businesses cut through the regulatory fog to obtain the permits they need as quickly as possible. We believe early discussions with all permitting programs help both DEQ and businesses come to a mutual understanding of facility operations, permit needs, and timelines for obtaining the permits. To facilitate this understanding, DEQ has established a Permit Assistance Team (PAT) of permit experts from each DEQ permitting program. When requested, OEA will coordinate meetings between the PAT and business representatives, allowing those representatives to meet directly with the DEQ permit managers and staff who will be reviewing the permit application.
Permit Assistance Team
Each DEQ division with permitting authority has at least one representative on the Permit Assistance Team.
|Division||Permit Assistance Team Members|
Phillip Fielder, Engineering Manager
Phil Martin, Engineering Manager
|Environmental Complaints & Local Services||George Russell, Environmental Programs Manager|
|Land Protection||Hillary Young, LPD Chief Engineer|
|State Environmental Laboratory||
David Caldwell, Environmental Programs Manager
Ryan Lerch, Laboratory Scientist
James Grim, Professional Engineer
Matthew Butner, Engineering Intern
|Office of External Affairs||
Lloyd Kirk, Division Director
Jon Roberts, Senior Manager
|Office of the Executive Director||Saba Tahmassebi, Agency Chief Engineer|
|Legal||Sarah Penn, General Counsel|
Understanding DEQ’s Tiered Permit Application Process
Under the Oklahoma Uniform Environmental Permitting Act (27A O.S. § 2-14-101, et seq) all DEQ permits fit into an application category, or Tier, established by the Environmental Permit Process rules of OAC 252:4-7.
- Tier I applications are those in which administrative decisions are made by a technical supervisor. There is no public participation, except notification to the landowner.
- Tier II applications are those with some public participation. The administrative decision is made by the Division Director.
- Tier III applications have extensive public participation. The administrative decision is made by DEQ’s Executive Director.
|Typical Permit Steps||Tier I||Tier II||Tier III|
|Meet with DEQ’s Permit Assistance Team (if desired).||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Filing: Applicant files application, pays any required fee, and provides landowner notice.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Notice of filing: Applicant publishes notice in one newspaper local to site.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Process meeting – Notice: 30-day opportunity is published with notice of filing. DEQ holds meeting if requested and sufficient interest is shown.||No||No||Yes|
|Administrative completeness review: DEQ reviews application and asks applicant to supply any missing information.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Technical review: DEQ reviews application for technical compliance and requests applicant to cure any deficiencies.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Draft permit or draft denial: DEQ prepares this after completing review.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Notice of draft permit, public comment period and public meeting request opportunity: Applicant publishes this in one newspaper local to site (DEQ publishes notice of draft denial).||No||Yes||Yes|
|Public comment period: 30 days (45 days for hazardous waste treatment, storage or disposal draft permits).||No||Yes||Yes|
|Public meeting: Conducted by DEQ if held.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Review of comments: DEQ provides written response to any comments received.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Proposed permit: DEQ prepares in response to draft permit comments.||No||No||Yes|
|Notice of proposed permit: Applicant publishes, in one newspaper local to site, notice of 20-day opportunity to review permit and request administrative hearing.||No||No||Yes|
|Administrative permit hearing: Conducted by DEQ if held. Results in final order.||No||No||Yes|
|Final DEQ decision to issue or deny permit.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
We encourage the public to participate in our permitting process by providing comments on proposed permits. Click here for a list of permits that are currently open for public review.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact: