DEQ announces public comment period on draft T1 permit for Northwest Pipeline LLC and opportunity for a public hearing

Accepting comments from April 14, 2021, through May 14, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announces a public comment period and an opportunity for a public hearing for a draft Tier 1 operating permit for Northwest Pipeline LLC – Mountain Home.

Northwest Pipeline LLC is a natural gas compressor station located on Old Oregon Trail Road in Glenns Ferry, Idaho. The draft permit establishes facility-wide requirements in accordance with the Idaho State Implementation Plan control strategy and the “Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho” (IDAPA 58.01.01.381).

For technical assistance on questions concerning this project or the permitting process, please contact Zach Pierce at (208) 373-0502 or zach.pierce@deq.idaho.gov.

To request a public hearing, contact Whitney Rowley on or before April 29, 2021. Hearing requests should include a brief statement explaining why a public hearing on the air quality aspects of the project would be beneficial. The meeting location will be accessible to persons with disabilities, and language translators will be made available upon request. Requests for these accommodations must be made no later than five days prior to the meeting date.

Comments will be accepted through May 14, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT, and can be submitted electronically on DEQ’s Public Comments page or by mail or email to:

Whitney Rowley
DEQ Air Quality Program
(208) 373-0440
whitney.rowley@deq.idaho.gov

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Permit
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Statement of Basis

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to the city of Council

April 13, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $32,500 to the city of Council in Adams County, Idaho.

The funds will be used to prepare a drinking water facility plan and environmental review. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements.

The total eligible cost of the project is $65,000. The remaining $32,500 will be funded by the city of Council.

Staff Contact
MaryAnna Peavey
Grants & Loans Bureau Chief
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ awards $1.65 million drinking water construction loan to the city of Priest River

April 13, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $1.65 million low-interest drinking water construction loan to the city of Priest River in Bonner County.

The funding will be used to construct a new 440,000-gallon reservoir and install a new generator.

DEQ is authorized by state law to make loans to assist in the construction of public drinking water systems. The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 2.75% interest rate, is payable over 20 years.

Staff Contact

MaryAnna Peavey
Grants & Loans Bureau Chief
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ prepares IPDES preliminary draft permit for the city of Ririe Wastewater Treatment Facility

April 13, 2021

RIRIE, IDAHO—The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is providing an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) preliminary draft permit to city of Ririe Wastewater Treatment Facility for a preliminary review.

The facility has 10 business days to perform an errors and omissions review on the preliminary draft permit and fact sheet prior to the public participation period. DEQ will revise the preliminary draft permit as needed, at which point it will become a draft permit for public review and comment.

After the preliminary draft period, DEQ will formally notify all necessary parties that the draft permit and fact sheet have been posted on DEQ’s website for public review and comment, per the “Rules Regulating the Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program” (IDAPA 58.01.25.109). To be notified of the forthcoming posting go to DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities web page and select the “subscribe” button at the bottom of the page. 

Staff Contact
Karen Jackson
IPDES Permit Writer
Karen.Jackson@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ awards wastewater planning grant to the city of Lewisville

April 2, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a wastewater planning grant for $25,000 to the city of Lewisville in Jefferson County.

The funds will be used to prepare a wastewater planning study and environmental review. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements.

The total eligible cost of the project is $50,000. The remaining $25,000 will be funded by the city.

Staff Contact

MaryAnna Peavey
Grants & Loans Bureau Chief
1410 N Hilton
Boise, Idaho 83706
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ seeks comment on statewide FY2022 drinking water planning grant priority list

Accepting comments from April 1, 2021, through May 3, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on the statewide FY2022 drinking water planning grant priority list.

DEQ’s Drinking Water Planning Grant Program provides assistance to eligible public drinking water systems for facility planning projects designed to ensure safe and adequate supplies of drinking water. Grants awarded under this program are used to develop engineering reports identifying the most cost-effective, environmentally sound method of upgrading a public drinking water system to achieve and maintain compliance with state and federal standards. Grants cover up to 50% of eligible planning costs, with a matching share funded by local sources.

The drinking water planning grant priority list is available for public review at DEQ’s State Office and on DEQ’s website. Written comments will be accepted through May 3, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT.

Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

MaryAnna Peavey
Grants & Loans Bureau Chief
1410 N Hilton
Boise, Idaho 83706
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
FY2022 Drinking Water Planning Grant Priority List

DEQ seeks comment on statewide FY2022 wastewater planning grant priority list

Accepting comments from April 1, 2021, through May 3, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on the statewide FY2022 wastewater planning grant priority list.

DEQ’s Wastewater Planning Grant Program provides financial assistance to eligible entities in Idaho planning to upgrade public wastewater facilities. Each prospective project is assigned a priority rating, with the highest rankings given to projects that will most significantly improve the quality of the waters of the state and protect public health. Grants awarded under this program must be used entirely to prepare facility plans that identify the most cost-effective, environmentally sound methods to upgrade public wastewater systems to achieve and maintain compliance with state and federal standards. 

The wastewater planning grant priority list is available for public review at DEQ’s State Office and on DEQ’s website. Written comments will be accepted through May 3, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT.

Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

MaryAnna Peavey
Grants & Loans Bureau Chief
1410 N Hilton
Boise, Idaho 83706
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

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FY2022 Wastewater Planning Grant Priority List

DEQ seeks comment on draft water reuse permit for Bottle Bay Recreational Water and Sewer District

Accepting comments from April 1, 2021, through May 3, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on a draft water reuse permit for Bottle Bay Recreational Water and Sewer District.

The district operates a municipal wastewater treatment and reuse facility near Sagle and applies recycled water to forested units during the growing season.

The draft permit would extend the permit duration from five to seven years and update ground water and recycled water monitoring requirements. The draft permit also specifies buffer zones around the irrigation site, hydraulic and nutrient loading rates, operating practices, and monitoring requirements established by DEQ to protect public health and the environment. As part of the permitting process, the facility was required to show that its operation would not cause public health or environmental concerns.

The draft permit and staff analysis are available for public review at DEQ’s State Office, Coeur d’Alene Regional Office, and on DEQ’s website. Written comments will be accepted through May 3, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT. Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

Andrew John
Senior Soil Scientist
1410 N. Hilton Street
Boise, Idaho 83706
Andrew.John@deq.idaho.gov

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Staff Analysis
Draft Permit

DEQ seeks comment on draft water reuse permit for Bottle Bay Recreational Water and Sewer District

April 1, 2021

SAGLE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on a draft water reuse permit for Bottle Bay Recreational Water and Sewer District.

The district operates a municipal wastewater treatment and reuse facility near Sagle and applies recycled water to forested units during the growing season.

The draft permit would extend the permit duration from five to seven years and update ground water and recycled water monitoring requirements. The draft permit also specifies buffer zones around the irrigation site, hydraulic and nutrient loading rates, operating practices, and monitoring requirements established by DEQ to protect public health and the environment.

As part of the permitting process, the facility was required to show that its operation would not cause public health or environmental concerns.

The draft permit and staff analysis are available for public review at DEQ’s State Office, Coeur d’Alene Regional Office, and on DEQ’s website. Written comments will be accepted through May 3, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT.

Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

Andrew John
Senior Soil Scientist
1410 N. Hilton Street
Boise, Idaho 83706
Andrew.John@deq.idaho.gov

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Draft Permit


System-wide outage affecting emissions testing program in Canyon County

April 1, 2021

CANYON COUNTY — Vehicle emissions tests are currently unavailable to Canyon County motorists due to do a local system-wide outage.

The outage affects residents in Canyon County and the city limits of Kuna.

Motorists are asked to postpone vehicle testing until the system is back online or get their vehicles tested in Ada County. Vehicle owners who are behind on testing can work with the emissions testing office or the Department of Motor Vehicles to reinstate their registration upon receipt of a passing test.

The emissions testing program is managed by an external contractor, Applus Technologies. For questions and updates, contact Applus at (208) 461-1232.

DEQ seeks comment on FY2022 Clean Water Intended Use Plan

Accepting comments from March 31, 2021, through April 30, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on the FY2022 Clean Water Intended Use Plan. The plan identifies the intended use of the funds available in Idaho’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund and includes the following:

  • Lists of assistance projects.  Note: projects are technically funded via the purchase of debt but are referred to, for ease of reading, as “loan” “assistance” or “assistance agreement”
  • Long-term and short-term goals
  • Assurances and specific proposals
  • Criteria and methods for distribution of funds
  • Attachments relevant to the above

The draft report is available for public review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N. Hilton St.) and on DEQ’s website. Comments will be accepted through April 30, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT, and can be submitted electronically on DEQ’s Public Comments page or by mail or email to:

MaryAnna Peavey
Grants & Loans Bureau Chief
1410 N Hilton
Boise, Idaho 83706
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
FY2022 Clean Water Intended Use Plan

DEQ seeks comment on Drinking Water State Revolving Fund FY2022 Intended Use Plan

Accepting comments from March 31, 2021, through April 30, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund FY2022 Intended Use Plan.

Under Section 1452(b) of the Safe Drinking Water Act, each state is required to prepare an annual Intended Use Plan identifying the use of funds in the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program and describe how those uses support the goal of protecting public health.

The FY2022 Intended Use Plan includes the following:

  • A list of prospective loan projects, ranked in priority order, including the size of systems, estimated project cost, and a project description Note: projects are technically funded via the purchase of debt but are referred to, for ease of reading, as “loans”
  • The criteria and methods for distribution of funds
  • Short-term and long-term goals of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
  • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund set-aside activities
  • Assurances and specific proposals

The draft report is available for public review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N. Hilton St.) and on DEQ’s website. Comments will be accepted through April 30, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST, and can be submitted electronically on DEQ’s Public Comments page or by mail or email to:

MaryAnna Peavey
Grants & Loans Bureau Chief
1410 N Hilton
Boise, Idaho 83706
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ seeks comment on draft total maximum daily loads temperature analysis for Salmon Falls Creek Subbasin

Accepting comments from March 29, 2021, to April 28, 2021

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking comment on a draft total maximum daily loads (TMDL) temperature analysis for Salmon Falls Creek Subbasin.

The Salmon Falls Creek subbasin is located in southern Idaho and includes several major streams and tributaries, including Shoshone Creek, Salmon Falls Creek, House Creek, and Cedar Creek.


This report describes the key physical and biological characteristics of the subbasin, water quality concerns and status, pollutant sources, and recent pollution control actions in the Salmon Falls Creek subbasin. It also establishes water quality targets and load capacities, estimates existing pollutant loads, allocates responsibility for load reductions needed to return listed waters to a condition meeting water quality standards, and identifies implementation strategies necessary to achieve load reductions and meet water quality standards.

The draft TMDL is available for public review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N. Hilton St.), DEQ’s Twin Falls Regional Office (650 Addison Avenue West, Suite 110), and on DEQ’s website.

Comments will be accepted through April 28, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST, and can be submitted electronically on DEQ’s Public Comments page or by mail or email to:

Sean Woodhead
Surface Water Quality Manager
650 Addison Avenue West, Suite 110
Twin Falls, ID 83301
Sean.Woodhead@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ seeks comment on draft 401 water quality certification for Hutchens Driveway

Accepting comments from March 26, 2021, through April 16, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft 401 water quality certification for the Hutchens Driveway construction project.

The purpose of the project is to construct a private residential road, which will extend from Oxbow Road, in order to provide access for residential development within the Idaho Club golf resort. This new road will be approximately 50 feet wide by 110 feet long. The applicant proposes to place approximately 5,560 square feet (0.1277 acres), totaling about 500 cubic yards of clean fill within a portion of an oxbow wetland that is hydraulically connected to the Pack River. A maximum fill depth of 3 feet is proposed, with culverts of “sufficient diameter and quantity” installed to facilitate wetland hydrology and connectivity. Work is proposed to take place upon issuance of Nationwide Permit verification, and to be completed within approximately 30 days of commencement.

Based upon its review of the joint application for permit, received on February 18, 2021, DEQ certifies that if the permittee complies with the terms and conditions imposed by the permit, along with the conditions set forth in this water quality certification, then the activities will comply with the applicable requirements of Sections 301, 302, 303, 306, and 307 of the Clean Water Act, the Idaho Water Quality Standards (WQS) (IDAPA 58.01.02), and other appropriate water quality requirements of state law.

Staff Contact

Chantilly Higbee
Compliance Officer
Chantilly.Higbee@deq.idaho.gov

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Draft Certification

DEQ seeks comment on additions to copper criteria implementation guidance for aquatic life

Accepting comments from March 26, 2021, through April 26, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality seeks comment on additions to the Implementation Guidance for the Idaho Copper Criteria for Aquatic Life. The additions, found in Section 6.2 of the document, clarify how DEQ will apply superseding copper criteria in discharge permits.

The purpose of this document is to provide background on copper toxicity and the biotic ligand model and provide guidance to DEQ staff, the regulated community, and the general public for calculating the copper criteria for aquatic life using the biotic ligand model. It also discusses data requirements, spatial and temporal representation, options for reconciling multiple time-variable criteria from a single location, and procedures for estimating criteria when data are limited.

The Implementation Guidance for the Idaho Copper Criteria for Aquatic Life is available for public review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N. Hilton St.) and on DEQ’s website.

Written comments must pertain to Section 6.2 of the report. Comments will be accepted through April 26, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST, and can be submitted electronically on DEQ’s Public Comments page or by mail or email to:

Jason Pappani
Surface Water Bureau Chief
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
Jason.pappani@deq.idaho.gov

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Implementation Guidance for the Idaho Copper Criteria for Aquatic Life 

DEQ seeks comment on additions to copper criteria implementation guidance for aquatic life

March 26, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality seeks comment on additions to the Implementation Guidance for the Idaho Copper Criteria for Aquatic Life.

The additions, found in Section 6.2 of the document, clarify how DEQ will apply superseding copper criteria in discharge permits.

Copper is a naturally occurring element in the earth’s crust and is an essential micronutrient for plants, animals, and humans. However, at concentrations above the recommended levels, copper can become acutely toxic, especially to aquatic organisms.

The purpose of this document is to provide background on copper toxicity and the biotic ligand model and provide guidance to DEQ staff, the regulated community, and the general public for calculating the copper criteria for aquatic life using the biotic ligand model.

It also discusses data requirements, spatial and temporal representation, options for reconciling multiple time-variable criteria from a single location, and procedures for estimating criteria when data are limited.

The Implementation Guidance for the Idaho Copper Criteria for Aquatic Life is available for public review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N. Hilton St.) and on DEQ’s website.

Written comments must pertain to Section 6.2 of the report. Comments will be accepted through April 26, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST, and can be submitted electronically on DEQ’s Public Comments page or by mail or email to:

Jason Pappani
Surface Water Bureau Chief
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
Jason.pappani@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ awards wastewater planning grant to city of Tensed

March 25, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a wastewater planning grant for $30,000 to the city of Tensed in Benewah County, Idaho.

The funds will be used to prepare a wastewater planning study and environmental review. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements.

The total eligible cost of the project is $60,000. The remaining $30,000 will be funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

Staff Contact

MaryAnna Peavey
Grants and Loans Bureau Chief
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ announces public comment period on draft permit to construct for Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC, and opportunity for a public hearing

Accepting comments from March 22, 2021, through April 21, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announces a public comment period and an opportunity for a public hearing on a draft permit to construct for Amalgamated Sugar Company, LLC.

The company operates an existing beet sugar manufacturing plant located at located at 50 South 500 West, Paul, Idaho.

The draft permit would allow the facility to increase the daily lime rock throughput from 770 tons to 810 tons, the annual rock lime kiln throughput from 146,300 tons to 178,200 tons, and increase the coal/coke input to 59.2 tons per day. After the permit issuance, the facility may request that the permit to construct requirements be incorporated into the Tier I permit through an administrative amendment in accordance with “Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho” (IDAPA 58.01.01.381).

To request a public hearing, contact Whitney Rowley on or before April 6, 2021. Hearing requests should include a brief statement explaining why a public hearing on the air quality aspects of the project would be beneficial. The meeting location will be accessible to persons with disabilities, and language translators will be made available upon request. Requests for these accommodations must be made no later than five days prior to the meeting date.

For technical assistance on questions concerning this project or the permitting process, please contact Kelli Wetzel at (208) 373-0502 or kelli.wetzel@deq.idaho.gov.

Staff Contact

Whitney Rowley
DEQ Air Quality Program
(208) 373-0440
whitney.rowley@deq.idaho.gov

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Permit
Application
Statement of Basis

DEQ announces public comment period on draft T1 permit for Northwest Pipeline LLC and opportunity for a public hearing

Accepting comments from March 17, 2021, through April 16, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announces a public comment period and an opportunity for a public hearing for a draft Tier 1 operating permit for Northwest Pipeline LLC.

Northwest Pipeline LLC is a natural gas compressor station located on Orchard Access Road in Boise, Idaho. The draft permit establishes facility-wide requirements in accordance with the Idaho State Implementation Plan control strategy and the “Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho” (IDAPA 58.01.01.381).

To request a public hearing, contact Whitney Rowley on or before April 2, 2021. Hearing requests should include a brief statement explaining why a public hearing on the air quality aspects of the project would be beneficial. The meeting location will be accessible to persons with disabilities, and language translators will be made available upon request. Requests for these accommodations must be made no later than five days prior to the meeting date.

For technical assistance on questions concerning this project or the permitting process, contact Shawnee Chen at (208) 373-0502 or shawnee.chen@deq.idaho.gov.

Staff Contact

Whitney Rowley
DEQ Air Quality Program
(208) 373-0440
whitney.rowley@deq.idaho.gov

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Permit
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Statement of Basis

DEQ seeks grant applicants for 2022 agricultural best management practices program

March 15, 2021

DEQ seeks grant applicants for 2022 agricultural best management practices program

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks grant applicants for the 2022 agricultural best management practices (BMP) program.

The agricultural BMP program is designed to help landowners implement agricultural BMPs in high-priority watersheds throughout the state and help meet total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) objectives.

Eligible projects must address agricultural or ranching BMPs and be completed or show significant progress by June 30, 2022.

Projects are required to match contributions equal to or exceeding 40% of the grant funds. State funds awarded to a project cannot exceed $250,000, of which no more than 10% can be used for the combined costs of administrative expenses.

Projects can begin on July 1, 2021.

Applications will be accepted from March 14 to April 14, 2021. Interested parties should apply directly at DEQ’s Nonpoint Source Subgrants in Idaho and include “State General Fund SFY2022” in the project title.

Media Contact:

Julia Achabal
Nonpoint Source §319 Coordinator
(208) 373-0321
Julia.Achabal@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ seeks public comment on the 2020 Nitrate Priority Area Delineation and Ranking Process report

March 12, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking comment on the 2020 Nitrate Priority Area Delineation and Ranking Process report.

The report outlines the techniques used to evaluate and rank Idaho’s 35 nitrate priority areas in order to help federal, state, and local agencies prioritize ground water protection and remediation activities.

Nitrate is the most widespread ground water contaminant in Idaho and is commonly found in public water supply systems. Nitrate priority areas were developed to identify aquifers with ground water quality degradation due to nitrate so resources could be directed to those areas to help protect public health. 

In 2020, DEQ and the Idaho Ground Water Monitoring Technical Committee revised the list of nitrate priority areas using data collected from 1990 through 2016. The re-evaluation process is designed to use more recent data to assess ground water quality changes in the existing nitrate priority areas and identify new areas with nitrate-degraded ground water. 

The 2020 Nitrate Priority Area Delineation and Ranking Process report is available for public review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N. Hilton St.) and on DEQ’s website.

Written comments on the report will be accepted through April 13, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST. Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s Public Comments page or by mail or email to:

Kathryn Elliott
Ground Water Coordinator
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0191
Kathryn.Elliott@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to the city of Kimberly

March 11, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $35,000 to the city of Kimberly in Twin Falls County.

The funds will be used to prepare a drinking water facility plan. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify any necessary improvements.

The total eligible cost of the project is $70,000. The remaining $35,000 will be funded by the city of Kimberly.

Staff Contact

MaryAnna Peavey
Grants and Loans Bureau Chief
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ seeks comment on draft water reuse permit for J.R. Simplot Company, Inc.

March 5, 2021

ABERDEEN — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on a draft water reuse permit for J.R. Simplot Company, Inc., Aberdeen Facility.

The J.R. Simplot Company’s Aberdeen facility operated as an industrial potato processor but has not been in production since January 2015.

The draft permit renewal would allow the facility to return to full operation and permit the application of municipal recycled water on the Simplot Aberdeen Knudsen Site for a period of five years.

As part of the permitting process, the company was required to show that its operation would not cause public health or environmental concerns.

The draft permit specifies buffer zones around the irrigation site, hydraulic and nutrient loading rates, operating practices, and monitoring requirements established by DEQ to protect public health and the environment.

The draft permit and staff analysis are available for public review at DEQ’s State Office, DEQ’s Pocatello Regional Office, and on DEQ’s website. Written comments will be accepted through April 5, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT.

Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

Scott MacDonald
Water Quality Staff Engineer
444 Hospital Way, #300
Pocatello, ID 83201
Scott.MacDonald@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Staff Analysis
Draft Permit

DEQ awards $25.2 million low-interest wastewater construction loan to the city of Preston

March 3, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $25.2 million low-interest wastewater construction loan to the city of Preston in Franklin County.

The funding will be used to replace part of the collection system and improve the wastewater treatment system, which includes new headworks, lift station, oxidation ditches, tertiary filtration system, and UV disinfection system.

DEQ is authorized by state law to make loans to assist in the construction of public wastewater systems. Since the annual cost of wastewater service for residential customers exceeds one and one-half percent of the median household income, the city of Preston is able to qualify for a disadvantaged loan which carries very favorable repayment terms.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 1.75% interest rate, is payable over 30 years, and has $154,905 of principal forgiveness.  Of these funds $22,280,000 is expected to be refinanced by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development leaving a total obligation to DEQ of $2,765,095. The favorable loan terms represent a $406,043 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

Staff Contact

MaryAnna Peavey
Grants and Loans Bureau Chief
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ prepares IPDES preliminary draft permit for Henggeler Packing Company, Inc.

February 26, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is releasing an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) preliminary draft permit to the Henggeler Packing Company, Inc. for preliminary review.

The facility has 10 days to review the preliminary draft permit and fact sheet for any errors and omissions that should be addressed before the public participation period. After the preliminary draft period has concluded, DEQ will revise the preliminary draft permit as needed, at which point it will become a draft permit for public review and comment.

DEQ will formally notify all necessary parties that the draft permit, fact sheet, and associated application have been posted on DEQ’s website for public review and comment, per the “Rules Regulating the Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program” (IDAPA 58.01.25.109). To be notified of the forthcoming posting, subscribe to DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page.

Staff Contact
Rakael Pope
IPDES Industrial Permit Writer
Rakael.Pope@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ seeks contractor for Triumph Mine stabilization project

February 18, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking a contractor to perform stabilization work within the Triumph mine tunnel. This project will ensure safe access to the tunnel to evaluate and complete longer-term tunnel stabilization or closure work over the next few years.

The project is necessary because the original materials used to stabilize the tunnel in 2001 have exceeded the design life.  This has created unstable conditions within the tunnel resulting in collapse.  Although the tunnel conditions require repair, these conditions do not affect the stability of the permanent concrete plugs installed within the tunnel.  The two plugs remain in stable condition and continue to perform as expected.   

Failure to complete longer term stabilization work or permanently close the tunnel will result in continued collapse. This could create instability at the ground surface or cause the release of mine water and debris from behind the collapsed material.  The work planned over the next few years will more fully address these issues.

The Triumph Mine is an inactive silver, zinc, and lead mine located in Blaine County, Idaho. The mine operated from the late 1800s until the 1950s, leaving behind high levels of heavy metals in the soils and water. During active mining operations, the Triumph tunnel was used to transport ore from the mines to the mill located near the town of Triumph, Idaho.  Cleanup efforts at the Triumph site began in 1998.

In 2001, as part of the cleanup, the Triumph tunnel was re-opened and stabilized for approximately 1,300 feet to allow for construction of a 16-foot thick concrete plug within the tunnel.  A second, 17-foot thick concrete plug, located 235 feet within the tunnel, was constructed in 2016.  The plugs were designed to prevent the discharge of polluted mine water and debris from the mine.

Construction of the mine plugs reduced the amount of mine water discharge from 100 to 200 gallons per minute to just 7 to 10 gallons per minute today.  In addition, the reduced mine water flow significantly reduced levels of heavy metals discharging from the mine.     

Staff Contact

Don Carpenter
Senior Mining Scientist
Don.Carpenter@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ to hold public informational meeting on draft air quality permit to construct for Midas Gold

February 18, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public informational meeting on a draft air quality permit to construct for Midas Gold Idaho Inc.’s Stibnite Mine, located at the intersection of Forest Service Roads NF-374 and NF-412. 

The meeting will be held virtually on March 3, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m. MST. DEQ staff will be available to answer questions and provide information about the permit and permitting process. To request a link to the virtual meeting please email Darrin Pampaian at darrin.pampaian@deq.idaho.gov.

Midas Gold Idaho, Inc., applied for a permit to construct an open-pit gold mine and to operate on-site ore processing, ore concentration and refining, and ancillary equipment. On December 18, 2020, DEQ received an addendum to the permit application from Midas Gold Idaho, Inc. to address substantive comments received during the previous public comment period concerning the emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) and toxic air pollutants (TAP). DEQ has updated the proposed permit and technical review, and has crafted a response to comments document in response to the HAP/TAP addendum and all public comments received to date, and proposes issuing the permit.

To submit written comments, please also see DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page.

Staff Contact
Morrie Lewis
Air Quality Permit Writer
Morrie.Lewis@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Legal Notice
Permit
Application
Statement of Basis
DEQ Response to Comments
Midas Gold Inc. Response to Request for More Information

National Academy of Sciences schedules first public meeting assessing water quality in Coeur d’Alene Lake

February 10, 2021

BOISE — The National Academy of Sciences will host the first public meeting of the Committee on the Future of Water Quality in Coeur d’Alene Lake later this month.

The meeting will take place virtually and will include two open sessions with presentations from study sponsors and an open-mic period to hear stakeholder comments at the end of the first session. The public is encouraged to attend.

The first session is scheduled for February 24, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST and will include introductory and background information related to the Coeur d’Alene Basin as well as goals for the study. The second session is scheduled for February 26, 2021, 8 to 11 a.m. PST and will be more technical in nature, covering previous data collection, analyses, and modeling efforts.

In 2020, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Kootenai County, and the US Environmental Protection Agency, with the support of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, asked the National Academy of Sciences to analyze water quality data in Coeur d’Alene Lake and provide recommendations to address issues of concern.

Historical mining activities deposited millions of tons of contaminated sediment into Coeur d’Alene Lake and its tributaries, including zinc, cadmium, and lead. Since the implementation of environmental regulations in the mid-1970s, metal concentrations have declined, though lakeshore development, land use changes, and increased nutrient loads could reverse this success.

The National Academy of Sciences convened an initial meeting of subject matter experts on November 20, 2020, and will proceed with this study over the next 18 months.  

Staff Contact

Jamie Brunner
Lake Management Plan Supervisor
Jamie.Brunner@deq.idaho.gov

Crop Residue Burning Advisory Committee to meet virtually on February 24

February 8, 2021

BOISE – Idaho’s Crop Residue Burning Advisory Committee will meet virtually on February 24, 2021, to review past program performance and discuss potential program improvements.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon PDT.

The committee was established in 2008 to advise the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on the burning of crop residue on lands other than the five Indian reservations.

The committee is comprised of 11 members appointed to four-year terms by DEQ’s director. Membership is structured to include representatives of environmental, farming, health, and tribal organizations, along with DEQ, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Please check DEQ’s Crop Residue Burning Advisory Committee Meeting page for additional information or contact Mark Boyle at 208-666-4607, or mark.boyle@deq.idaho.gov.

DEQ seeks comment on draft water reuse permit for Rapid River Water and Sewer District

February 8, 2021

RIGGINS — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on a draft water reuse permit for Rapid River Water and Sewer District located in Riggins, Idaho.

The district was constructed in early 1970s and provides  water and sanitation services to approximately 50 residential homes.  An existing activated sludge wastewater treatment plant with a discharge to a subsurface distribution system provides sanitary sewer to residents.

DEQ developed the reuse permit to provide permitting coverage for the district’s existing subsurface system that ensures public health and the environment continued to be protected.

The draft permit and staff analysis are available for public review at DEQ’s State Office, Lewiston Regional Office, and on DEQ’s website. Written comments will be accepted through March 10, 2021, at 5 p.m. PDT.

Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

Nicolas Hiebert
Senior Water Quality Engineer
1118 “F” St.
Lewiston, ID 83501
Nicolas.Hiebert@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Draft Permit
Staff Analysis

DEQ extends comment period on proposed IPDES permit for the city of Cottonwood

February 4, 2021

COTTONWOOD — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has extended the public comment period for the proposed city of Cottonwood Idaho Pollution Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) Permit (ID0021849).

Interested parties now have until February 12, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST to submit written comments.

The permit authorizes the discharge of treated municipal wastewater to the Cottonwood Creek for five years. The permit identifies the pollutants of concern and specifies associated discharge limits. Additionally, the permit specifies monitoring and reporting requirements necessary to ensure compliance, protect human health, and assure the integrity of Idaho’s environment.

The draft permit and fact sheet are available for public review at DEQ’s Lewiston Regional Office, the DEQ State Office and on DEQ’s Public Comments page.

Submit written comments on the draft permit and fact sheet electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

Lori Flook
Surface and Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID 83706
Lori.Flook@deq.idaho.gov

Matt Stutzman
Surface and Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID 83706
matthew.stutzman@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permit for the city of Salmon

February 4, 2021

Salmon — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for the city of Salmon Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW).

Salmon applied for a wastewater discharge permit for its wastewater treatment facility, located at 43 Lemhi Hole Road Salmon in Idaho. The proposed permit would authorize the discharge of treated municipal wastewater year round to the Salmon River for five years. The permit identifies the pollutants of concern, the required limits for each pollutant or parameter, and monitoring and reporting requirements necessary to ensure compliance with the permit and protect human health and the environment.

Written comments on the draft permit and fact sheet will be accepted through March 8, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST.

The draft permit and fact sheet are available for public review at DEQ’s state office (1410 N. Hilton St.), DEQ’s Idaho Falls Regional Office (900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B Idaho Falls, ID) and on DEQ’s website. A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by February 18, 2021.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Matt Stutzman, or on DEQ’s Public Comments page. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference the city of Salmon POTW and permit number (ID0020001).

Matt Stutzman
Surface and Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
matthew.stutzman@deq.idaho.gov

Please submit requests for a public meeting electronically on DEQ’s website, by mail, or email to Lori Flook.

Lori Flook
Surface and Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
Lori.Flook@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

Draft Permit
Fact Sheet
Application

DEQ awards wastewater planning grant to Garden Valley School District

February 4, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a wastewater planning grant for $20,000 to Garden Valley School District in Boise County.

The funds will be used to prepare a wastewater planning study and environmental review. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements.

The total eligible cost of the project is $40,000. The remaining $20,000 will be funded by Garden Valley School District.

Staff Contact

MaryAnna Peavey
Grants and Loans Bureau Chief
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ extends comment period on proposed IPDES permit for the South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District

December 23, 2020

COEUR D’ALENE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has extended the public comment period for the proposed South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District Page Wastewater Treatment Facility (Page WWTF) Idaho Pollution Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) Permit (ID0023100).

Interested parties now have until February 3, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST to submit written comments.

The permit authorizes the discharge of treated municipal wastewater to the South Fork Coeur d’Alene River for five years. The permit identifies the pollutants of concern and specifies associated discharge limits.  Additionally, the permit specifies monitoring and reporting requirements necessary to ensure compliance, protect human health, and assure the integrity of Idaho’s environment.

The draft permit and fact sheet are available for public review at DEQ’s Coeur d’Alene Regional Office, the DEQ State Office and on DEQ’s website.

Submit written comments on the draft permit and fact sheet electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

Lori Flook
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Water Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID  83706
Email: Lori.Flook@deq.idaho.gov

Karen Jackson
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Water Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID  83706
Email: Karen.Jackson@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ seeks member at large for Southwest Basin Advisory Group

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks a member at large to represent the general population of the Southwest Basin on the Southwest Basin Advisory Group (BAG).

The Southwest BAG is a group of stakeholders that advise DEQ on surface water issues across the 10 southwestern counties of Idaho.

BAG members are appointed by the DEQ director and meet two to three times per year. State law requires the group to include a cross-section of interests, including agriculture, forestry, municipalities, industry, recreation, tribes, environmental interests, and the general public.

Responsibilities include advising DEQ on:

  • Priorities for monitoring within the basin
  • Revisions needed in the designated beneficial uses for water bodies within the basins
  • Categories to which water bodies in the basin should be assigned
  • Processes for developing and implementing TMDLs
  • Members to be appointed to watershed advisory groups
  • Priorities for water quality programs within the basin based on available economic resources

Members are unpaid, but are reimbursed for travel expenses.

Anyone interested in serving on the BAG should contact Kati Carberry by March 1, 2021, and include a name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and a brief description of involvement in water quality issues.

Kati Carberry
1445 North Orchard Street
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0321
kati.carberry@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to the city of Cascade

January 22, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $30,000 to the city of Cascade in Valley County, Idaho.

The funds will be used to prepare a drinking water facility plan. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements.

The total eligible cost of the project is $70,000. The remaining $40,000 will be funded by the city of Cascade.

Staff Contact

MaryAnna Peavey
Grants and Loans Bureau Chief
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ seeks member for Clearwater Basin Advisory Group

January 8, 2021

LEWISTON — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks a member to represent recreation interests to serve on the Clearwater Basin Advisory Group (BAG).

The Clearwater BAG is a group of citizens from different backgrounds that advise DEQ on water quality objectives for streams and rivers in Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis, and Idaho Counties. BAG members represent a cross-section of interests in the basin such as agriculture, forestry, municipalities, industry, recreation, tribes, environmental interests, and the general public.

DEQ seeks applications for a member to represent recreation interests in the Clearwater region that have been involved in water quality issues in the area and are familiar with local watersheds.

Members are appointed by the DEQ director and typically meet two to three times a year. Responsibilities include advising DEQ on:

  • Priorities for monitoring within the basin
  • Revisions needed in the designated beneficial uses for water bodies within the basins
  • Categories to which water bodies in the basin should be assigned
  • Processes for developing and implementing TMDLs
  • Members to be appointed to watershed advisory groups
  • Priorities for water quality programs within the basin based on available economic resources

Members are unpaid but are reimbursed for travel expenses.

Anyone interested in serving on the Clearwater BAG should contact Sujata Connell in DEQ’s Lewiston Regional Office by March 26, 2021.

Staff Contact

Sujata Connell
Surface Water Quality Manager
(208) 799-4370
sujata.connell@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to the Cave Bay Community System

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $31,250 to the Cave Bay Community System in Kootenai County, Idaho.

The funds will be used to prepare a drinking water facility plan and environmental review. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements.

The total eligible cost of the project is $62,500. The remaining $31,250 will be funded by the Cave Bay Community System.

Staff Contact

MaryAnna Peavy
Grants & Loans Bureau Chief
(208) 373-0122
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to the city of Weiser

December 28, 2020

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $45,000 to the city of Weiser in Washington County, Idaho.

The funds will be used to prepare a drinking water facility plan. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements.

The total eligible cost of the project is $90,000. The remaining $45,000 will be funded by the city of Weiser.

Media Contact

MaryAnna Peavey
Grants and Loans Bureau Chief
(208) 373-0122
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ extends public comment opportunity on draft Jervois Mining Ltd. Points of Compliance revision


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

IDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is extending the public comment opportunity on a draft surface water Points of Compliance (POC) determination for Jervois Mining Ltd.

The public now has until February 1, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST to submit comments.

A POC is a location at which Idaho’s surface and ground water quality standards must be met. Mine operators are required to protect current and projected beneficial uses of ground water and meet water quality standards.

The draft surface water POC determination for Jervois Mining Ltd. is designed to prevent impacts to surface water while not impacting the Blackbird Mine remediation activities occurring within the same watershed. Changes from 2011 include additional constituents of concern, reduction in some ground wells, and updating the Upper Tolerance Limits with current data unavailable in 2011.

Submit written comments on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

Troy Saffle
DEQ Idaho Falls Regional Office
900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Email: troy.saffle@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

Jervois Mining Idaho Cobalt Operations POC

DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permit for city of Richfield wastewater treatment facility

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

RICHFIELD — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for the city of Richfield Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF).

The city applied for a wastewater discharge permit for its public wastewater treatment facility, located at 1568 East Highway 26 in Richfield, Idaho.

The proposed permit would authorize the discharge of treated municipal wastewater November through April to the Little Wood River for five years. The permit identifies the pollutants of concern and lists the required limits for each pollutant or parameter and monitoring and reporting requirements necessary to ensure compliance with the permit and protect human health and the environment.

Written comments on the draft permit and fact sheet will be accepted through January 14, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST. The draft permit and fact sheet are available for public review at DEQ’s state office (1410 N. Hilton St.), DEQ’s Twin Falls Regional Office (650 Addison Avenue West, Suite 110), and on DEQ’s website. A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by December 29, 2020.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Karen Jackson or at DEQ’s Public Comments page. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference the facility name and permit number (ID0021211).

Karen Jackson
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Surface & Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID 83706
Email: Karen.Jackson@deq.idaho.gov

Please submit request for public meeting electronically on DEQs website, by mail, or email to Lori Flook.

Lori Flook
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Surface & Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID 83706
Email: Lori.Flook@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Permit
Fact Sheet
Application

DEQ to host public informational meeting on P. Kay Metal variance

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public informational meeting on a variance from a hazardous waste treatment storage or disposal facility permit for P. Kay Metal Lewiston, LLC.

A public hearing on the variance renewal will be held on January 20, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. PST at the Lewiston Community Center, located at1424 Main Street in Lewiston, Idaho. DEQ staff will be available to answer questions before the meeting starting at 5:00 p.m. PST.

Remote attendance is encouraged and the public can provide comments via telephone and video conference. To sign up for remote attendance via telephone and video conferencing, contact Daryl Sawyer by January 14, 2021.

P. Kay Metal is a lead recycling operation that produces lead and lead alloys in bar and wire form for a variety of uses. The variance would allow the facility to receive shipments of lead-bearing hazardous secondary materials (HSM) for reclamation from states that use a uniform hazardous waste manifest as a shipping document without obtaining a hazardous waste permit. The variance does not authorize receipt of hazardous waste, only HSM.

The variance and fact sheet are available at DEQ’s offices in Boise (1410 N. Hilton) and Lewiston (1118 F. St.) and on DEQ’s website.

Staff Contact

Daryl Sawyer
Hazardous Waste Permit Writer
(208) 373-0547
Daryl.Sawyer@deq.idaho.gov

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