DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permit for the city of Weippe Publicly Owned Treatment Works

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

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for the city of Weippe publicly owned treatment works (POTW).

The city applied for a wastewater discharge permit for its wastewater treatment facility, located at 0 West 8th Street, Weippe, Idaho 83553.

The proposed permit would authorize the discharge of treated municipal wastewater from September 1 through June 30 to Jim Ford Creek 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 May 14, 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., Boise, Idaho), DEQ’s Lewiston Regional Office (1118 F St. Lewiston, Idaho), and on DEQ’s website. A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by April 28, 2021.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Michael Snider or submitted electronically 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 Weippe POTW and permit number (ID0020354).

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

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, Idaho  83706
Lori.Flook@deq.idaho.gov

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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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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

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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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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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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

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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 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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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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