DEQ seeks comment on draft 401 water quality certification for Slaughter House Bridge reconstruction

Accepting comments from January 21, 2022, through February 11, 2022.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft 401 water quality certification for the Slaughter House Bridge reconstruction.

This project will replace the existing 50 ft long by 18 ft wide free span Slaughter House Bridge at the Slaughterhouse Draw crossing, replace adjacent approaches, and address safety issues, erosion, and other environmental issues. The new culvert crossing will be 50 ft long by 48 ft wide. 0.155 ac of wetlands and 0.08 ac of the St. Joe River will be permanently impacted. Replacement will consist of three 12-ft diameter pipe culverts on top of a concrete seal and reinforced aggregate pad with riprap aprons. Construction activities include land clearing, excavation, and discharge of various fill materials (i.e., 440 yd3 topsoil, 640 yd3 concrete, and 586 yd3 aggregate and riprap material). Two temporary cofferdams will be installed in a phased approach to facilitate dewatering of the construction area. Surface water will be diverted. A tarp will be installed under the bridge to capture debris during demolition. Best Management Practices (BMPs) are proposed in the Biological Assessment. Protective measures include installation of wetland boundary markers and signs to prevent unnecessary impacts. The project will retain existing vegetation, including trees to the extent practicable. Wetlands that experience temporary impacts will be reseeded or replanted. In-water construction will be limited to November 1, 2022, to February 28, 2023.

Based upon its review of the certification request and related project documents, received on January 14, 2022, DEQ certifies that if the permittee complies with the terms and conditions imposed by the permit and the conditions set forth in this water quality certification, then it is reasonable for DEQ to conclude that the activity will comply with water quality requirements, including 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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DEQ seeks comment on application addendum for a permit to construct and operate an air pollution emitting source for Perpetua Resources Idaho, Inc.

Accepting comments from January 13, 2022, through February 14, 2022.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on an application addendum for a permit to construct and operate an air pollution emitting source for Perpetua Resources Idaho, Inc.

Perpetua applied for a permit to construct and operate the Stibnite Gold Project, consisting of conventional open-pit mining, ore preparation, and gold extraction operations, located at the intersection of Forest Service Roads NF-374 and NF-412. On September 23, 2021, and October 6, 2021, DEQ received an addendum to the permit application to address substantive comments received during previous public comment periods concerning the emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) and toxic air pollutants (TAP) and the lime plant status determination. DEQ has updated the proposed permit and technical review with highlighted text, in response to the HAP/TAP addendum and all public comments received to date.

An additional 30 day public comment period is being provided to allow for review and comment on these updates. Written comments will be accepted through February 14, 2022, at 5 p.m. MDT.

For technical assistance on questions concerning this project or the permitting process, contact Kelli Wetzel at (208) 373-0502.

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DEQ seeks comment on modified 401 water quality certification for BNSF railway bridge span replacement project

Accepting comments from January 11, 2022, through February 1, 2022.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a modified 401 water quality certification for the BNSF railway bridge span replacement project.

This project is located near the city of Sandpoint in Bonner County (48°15’25.33436″N, 116°31’40.12401″W), at the Pend Oreille Lake outlet and mouth of the Pend Oreille River. BNSF proposes repairs to the existing rail bridge over the Pend Oreille River. BNSF Railway Bridge 0045-000309E (Bridge 3.9E) is located 50 feet east of the new BNSF bridge crossing (Bridge 3.9W), which is currently under construction. The purpose of this project is to replace Spans 64 through 71 (8 spans) and to add cast-in-place concrete bearing blocks to Piers 64 through 71 and the pivot pier (9 spans). Pier work will involve adding the bearing blocks to the top of the existing piers, and adding grout, epoxy, and carbon fiber wrap (Carboshield) to the existing upper portion of piers where they are degraded. Pressure washing will occur over water prior to implementing repairs. Work using grout, epoxy, and carbon fiber wrap will be performed above surface water and will not extend into the water. No in-water work is proposed.

Based on its review of the 401 water quality certification request, the US Coast Guard (USCG) Bridge Permit Application and related project documents, received on May 17, 2021 and changes to project plans, received on December 16, 2022 and January 3, 2022, DEQ certifies that if the permittee complies with the terms and conditions imposed by the permit, and the conditions set forth in this modified water quality certification, then it is reasonable for DEQ to conclude that the project 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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DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permit for the drinking water treatment facility general permit

Accepting comments from January 10, 2022, through February 9, 2022.

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for the drinking water general permit.

The draft permit would authorize the discharge of wastewater to Waters of the United States within the state of Idaho for a term of five years. The permit identifies the pollutants of concern and 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 February 9 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 Regional Offices (Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Boise, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, and Pocatello), and on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page. A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by January 24 by 5 p.m. MST.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Jonathan Drygas, or on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference the Drinking Water Treatment Facility and permit number (IDG380000).

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

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DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permit for the city of Moyie Springs

Accepting comments from January 6, 2022 to February 7, 2022.

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

The city applied for a wastewater discharge permit for its wastewater treatment facility, located in Moyie Springs, Idaho. The proposed permit would authorize the discharge of treated municipal wastewater year-round to the Kootenai River for five years. The permit identifies the pollutants of concern and 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 February 7, 2022, 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. 83706), DEQ’s Coeur d’Alene Regional Office (2110 Ironwood Parkway Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814), and on DEQ’s website. A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by January 20, 2022.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Matt Stutzman, or on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference the city of Moyie Springs POTW and permit number (ID0030040).

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

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DEQ announces a public comment period and opportunity for public hearing on an application for a permit to construct and Tier 1 operating permit amendment for Itafos Conda, LLC

Accepting comments from October 28, 2021, through November 29, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is announcing a public comment period and an opportunity for public hearing on an application for a permit to construct and Tier 1 operating permit amendment for Itafos Conda, LLC.

Itafos Conda, LLC produces multiple phosphate fertilizer products at its Soda Springs facility, located at 3010 Conda Road in Soda Springs, Idaho. It is classified as a major facility, as defined by the “Rules for the Control of Air Pollution” (IDAPA 58.01.01.008.10.c) because it emits or has the potential to emit PM10, SO2, NOx and CO above the major source threshold of 100 tons-per-year and emits, among other hazardous air pollutants.

The facility applied for a permit to construct to recover fluosilicic acid for shipment into railcars or tanker trucks. The permit to construct will be incorporated into the current Tier I permit upon issuance.

To request a public hearing, contact Whitney Rowley on or before November 12, 2021. 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 Christina Boulay at (208) 373-0502 or Christina.boulay@deq.idaho.gov.

Written comments will be accepted through November 29, 2021, at 5 p.m. Submit comments electronically or by mail or email to:

Whitney Rowley,
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
1410 N. Hilton Street
Boise, ID 83706-1255

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DEQ seeks comment on draft water reuse permit modification for Stonebriar Homeowners Association

Accepting comments from October 25, 2021, through November 24, 2021.

MERIDIAN— The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking comment on a draft water reuse permit modification for Stonebriar Homeowners Association.

The Stonebriar Homeowners Association owns a private municipal wastewater treatment and reuse facility, located at 8265 N. Stonebriar Lane in Meridian, Idaho, which is permitted for operation by wastewater reuse permit M-186-02.

The permit modification would remove the specified due date for a compliance activity requiring irrigation upgrades. These upgrades may be unnecessary as the permittee has demonstrated a substantiated intent to connect to the regional sewer district.

The draft permit and staff analysis are available for review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 North Hilton Street) and on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page.

Written comments on the draft permit will be accepted through November 24, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT. Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

Lisa Knapp
Water Quality Scientist
1445 North Orchard Street
Boise, Idaho 83706
Lisa.Knapp@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ seeks comment on proposed settlement action with Idaho Cobalt Company

Accepting comments from October 19, 2021, through November 19, 2021.

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks public comment on a proposed settlement action with Idaho Cobalt Company for unpermitted discharges of mining adit outflow to the North Fork of Iron Creek.

Idaho Cobalt Company owns and operates the Iron Creek Mine in Lemhi County, Idaho. Through a reconnaissance inspection and subsequent on-site inspection, DEQ determined there was a discharge from one of the mine adits. This type of discharge requires an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit under the “Rules Regulating the Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program” (IDAPA 58.01.25.102), and the company had not applied for nor had been issued an IPDES permit at the time of discovery.

DEQ prepared a consent order that directs Idaho Cobalt Company to apply for an IPDES permit or take steps to cease the mine discharge, including developing a preliminary engineering report, construction plan, monitoring plan, operations and maintenance plan, and record plans and specifications. In addition, the company is required to pay a civil penalty of $95,110.40.

Written comments on the proposed settlement action will be accepted through November 19, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT. This proposed settlement may be amended or adjusted in the future, in which case, DEQ may provide for additional public comment depending on the significance of the changes.

The consent order is available for review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N. Hilton St.) and on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page.

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

Brett Morrison
IPDES Compliance and Enforcement Officer
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
1410 N Hilton St.
Boise, ID 83706
brett.morrison@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ seeks comment on draft finding of no significant impact determination for the Laclede Water District drinking water improvement project

Accepting comments from October 13, 2021, through October 29, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking comment on a draft finding of no significant impact (FONSI) determination for the Laclede Water District drinking water improvement project.

The purpose of the proposed project is to address system deficiencies with the water system intake, treatment, and distribution. The proposed project involves replacing existing intake pumps with two new pumps totaling 365 gallons per minute,, installing a new radio telemetry system, upgrading existing control panels, adding a backup generator, installing a new ultrafiltration membrane water treatment plant in a new building at
the existing treatment site, among other upgrades.

Written comments will be accepted through October 29, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT. Submit comments using the form below or by mail or email to:

LaDonn Kaylor
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Water Quality Division, Grants and Loans Program
1410 North Hilton
Boise, Idaho 83706
LaDonn.Kaylor@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ seeks comment on draft 401 water quality certification for Eastside Drive bridge replacement

Accepting comments from October 5, 2021, through October 26, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft 401 water quality certification for the Eastside Drive bridge replacement.

Valley County Road and Bridge is proposing to replace the Eastside Drive Bridge over the North Fork Payette River in Valley County, Idaho. The project will remove and replace the existing two-span, single-lane bridge with a new single span structure with two lanes of travel. Minor realignment of the existing approaches is anticipated to meet roadway geometric standards. In addition, the project will replace one arch culvert, west of the bridge.

Based upon its review of the certification request, received on September 16, 2021,, DEQ certifies that if the permittee complies with the terms and conditions imposed by the permit and the conditions set forth in this water quality certification, then it is reasonable for DEQ to conclude that the activity will comply with water quality requirements, including applicable requirements of Sections 301, 302, 303, 306, and 307 of the Clean Water Act, the Idaho Water Quality Standards (IDAPA 58.01.02), and other appropriate water quality requirements of state law.

Written comments will be accepted through October 26, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT. Submit comments by mail or email to:

Kati Carberry
Boise Regional Office
Water Quality Analyst
Kati.Carberry@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES construction general permit

Accepting comments from October 1, 2021, through November 1, 2021.

BOISE– The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for storm water discharges from construction projects of one acre or greater.

The draft permit would authorize the discharge of storm water and some non-storm water from construction projects of one acre or more within the state of Idaho 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 November 1, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT. The draft permit and fact sheet are available for public review at DEQ’s state office (1410 N. Hilton St.), DEQ’s Regional Offices (Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Boise, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, and Pocatello), and on DEQ’s website. A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by October 15, 2021.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Michael Snider, or on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference the construction general permit and permit number (IDR100000).

Michael Snider
Surface & Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
michael.snider@deq.idaho.gov

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

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

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DEQ announces public comment period and opportunity for public hearing on draft T1 permit for Clearwater Paper Corporation—Pulp and Paperboard Division and Consumer Products Division

Accepting comments from September 28, 2021, through October 28, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is announcing a public comment period and an opportunity for a public hearing for a draft Tier 1 operating permit for Clearwater Paper Corporation—Pulp and Paperboard Division and Consumer Products Division.

Clearwater Paper Corporation, located at 803 Mill Road in Lewiston, Idaho, is a manufacturer of paper products and is classified as a major facility, as defined by the “Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho” (IDAPA 58.01.01.008.10.c).

As a major facility, Clearwater Paper Corporation is required to apply for a Tier I operating permit pursuant to IDAPA 58.01.01.301. The two divisions are considered one singe Tier I major facility and the permit is issued in two sections, one section is for the Pulp and Paper Division and the other for the Consumer Products Division. The draft permit establishes facility-wide requirements in accordance with the Idaho State Implementation Plan control strategy and IDAPA 58.01.01.

To request a public hearing, contact Whitney Rowley on or before October 13, 2021. 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 Chris Duerschner at (208) 373-0502 or Chris.Duerschner@deq.idaho.gov.

Staff Contact

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

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DEQ seeks comment on draft 401 water quality certification for Ross Point Recreation site development

Accepting comments from September 27, 2021, through October 18, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft 401 water quality certification for Ross Point Recreation site development.

The purpose of the project is to create a day-use recreation site for the public, including non-motorized access to the river. Approximately 188 linear feet of the bank will be impacted by bank stabilization and construction of a pier, aluminum gangway, and dock. Bank stabilization will include the removal and replacement of existing riprap. Approximately 371 cubic yards of fill material will be placed. The slopes will be re-graded, and boulders and angular basalt will be placed with vegetative plantings between the rocks. Construction along the bank is proposed to be conducted in dry conditions during winter drawdown. The site-wide construction window is estimated at one year, from September 2021 to July 2022. The applicant proposes the
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality §401 Water Quality Certification implementation of several Best Management Practices to protect the river from receiving sediment impacts during and after construction.

Based upon its review of the certification request and related project documents, received on September 1, 2021, DEQ certifies that if the permittee complies with the terms and conditions imposed by the permit and the conditions set forth in this water quality certification, then it is reasonable for DEQ to conclude that the activity will comply with water quality requirements, including applicable requirements of Sections 301, 302, 303, 306, and 307 of the Clean Water Act, the Idaho Water Quality Standards (IDAPA 58.01.02), and other appropriate water quality requirements of state law.

Written comments will be accepted through October 18, 2021, at 5 p.m. PDT. Submit comments by mail or email to:

Chantilly Higbee
Coeur d’Alene Regional Office
Compliance Officer
Chantilly.Higbee@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permit for the city of Troy’s WWTP

Accepting comments from September 22, 2021, through October 22, 2021.

TROY – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for the city of Troy’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).

The city applied for a wastewater discharge permit for its wastewater treatment facility, located at 4008 Highway 8, in Troy, Idaho.

The draft permit would authorize the discharge of treated municipal wastewater year round to West Fork Little Bear Creek for the five years from the effective date. The permit identifies the pollutants of concern and 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 October 22 at 5 p.m. MDT. The draft permit and fact sheet are available for public review at DEQ’s state office (1410 N. Hilton St.), DEQ’s Lewiston Regional Office (1118 F Street, Lewiston, ID, 83501), and on DEQ’s website. A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by October 6, 2021.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Jonathan Drygas, or on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference the city of Troy’s WWTP and permit number (ID0023604).

Jonathan Drygas
Surface & Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
jonathan.drygas@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 & Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
Lori.Flook@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permit for the Idaho Wildlife and Water Quality Group Mason Creek Activated Wetland Pilot Project

Accepting comments from September 12, 2021, through October 13, 2021.

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for the Mason Creek Activated Wetland Pilot Project.

The Idaho Wildlife and Water Quality Group applied for a wastewater discharge permit for its wastewater treatment facility, located at 1904 Mason Creek Road in Caldwell, Idaho.

The proposed permit would authorize the discharge of treated industrial wastewater January 1 to December 31 for five years. The permit identifies the pollutants of concern and 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 Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT. The draft permit and fact sheet are available for public review at DEQ’s state office (1410 N. Hilton St.), DEQ’s Boise Regional Office (1445 N. Orchard, Boise, Idaho), and on DEQ’s website. A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by September 21, 2021.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Rakael Pope, or at on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference the Mason Creek Activated Wetland Pilot Project and permit number ID0030031.

Rakael Pope

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

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