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