DEQ is responsible for protecting Idaho’s environment and citizens from the adverse effects of pollution.
We inspect industrial sources to ensure facilities meet environmental protection requirements and permit conditions if applicable. Our inspectors are authorized by the Idaho Environmental Protection and Health Act to enter and inspect facilities unannounced.
Public Complaint Response and Referrals
DEQ is often asked by the public to respond to pollution complaints. If we receive a complaint, an inspector performs an on-site investigation to determine if a law, rule, or permit has been violated. If violations occurred, the inspector may conduct one or more of the following:
- Provide compliance assistance efforts to resolve the issue.
- Issue a notice to comply. This notice requires the facility to correct issues within a specified time frame.
- Issue a notice of violation and enter into a Consent Order. This process is used for more complex violations.
DEQ has delegated authority by EPA to regulate Tier 1 major facilities for the abatement and disposal of asbestos-containing materials. All renovation or demolition notifications for Tier 1 facilities should be emailed to DEQ. All nonmajor facilities are under the jurisdiction of EPA Region 10.
Asbestos Renovation / Demolition Notification
Asbestos renovation/demolition notifications for activities taking place at Tier I (major) facilities in Idaho should be emailed to DEQ’s asbestos compliance analyst listed as a Staff Contact below. Notifications for asbestos-related activities occurring at all non-Tier 1 facilities should be mailed to the EPA Region 10 Asbestos NESHAP Coordinator in Seattle, WA listed below. There are no fees associated with notifications.
Asbestos NESHAP Renovation / Demolition Notification Form
EPA's Asbestos NESHAP Renovation / Demolition Notifications for Non-Tier 1Facilities:
Asbestos NESHAP Coordinator
US EPA, Region 10 (20-C04)
1200 Sixth Ave., Suite 155
Seattle, WA 98101
EPA Direct Contact (Non-Tier 1 Facilities):
Air Compliance Inspector
Air and Toxics Enforcement Section
U.S. EPA Region 10
Fugitive dust is small particulate matter (PM) that is suspended in the air from soil that has been disturbed by wind or human activities such as earthmoving and vehicular traffic on unpaved surfaces.
Fugitive Dust Control Measures
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The fugitive dust particles most significant to human health are less than 10 micrometers in diameter. Due to their small size, these particulates can get deep into your lungs and can contribute to respiratory illness, lung damage, and even premature death in sensitive individuals.
- Plan ahead by developing a dust prevention and control plan.
- Minimize the surface area disturbed. The less ground disturbed, the less dust raised.
- Take extra precautions on windy days.
- Clean up track out dirt immediately.
- Water and sweep roadways often.
- Reduce speed limits on unpaved surfaces to 10–15 miles per hour.
- Rinse vehicles before they leave the property and cover loads.
- Keep storage piles physically covered when not in use or use a dust suppressant to reduce fugitive dust emissions.
- Use dust suppression measures such as water or chemicals when needed.
- Use storage silos, three-sided bunkers, open-ended buildings, or wind fencing to enclose handling areas.
- Grow vegetative ground cover to hold the soil in place.
- Use wind erosion controls such as bushes, trees, wood or rock walls, earthen banks, or porous wind or snow fences to prevent wind erosion.
Forms / Checklists provides various compliance reporting forms for various industrial sources of air pollution. These include forms for Tier I facility reporting, excess emissions reporting due to startup, shutdown, scheduled maintenance, upset, breakdown, or safety measures that result in excess emissions. A portable equipment relocation form is used by rock crushing, hot-mix asphalt and concrete batch plants when they move from one location to another.
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- Tier I Annual Compliance Certification Form
- Instructions for Tier I Annual Compliance Certification
- Tier I Annual Compliance Certification Table
- Instructions for Tier I Annual Compliance Certification Table
- Instructions for Tier I Semiannual Deviation Summary Table
- Tier I Semiannual Deviation Summary Table
- Instructions for Tier I Semiannual Report
- Tier I Semiannual Report
- Tier I Semiannual Monitoring Table
Because smoke is a potential public health and environmental concern, outdoor open burning is a regulated activity in Idaho. Regulations cover residential, agriculture, forestry, rangeland, weed control burning, and others. By following the air quality rules and implementing basic smoke management practices, open burning can be implemented without causing a health concern. Visit our Smoke and Burning page to learn more.