Friday, December 11, 2020
HAMER — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on a draft water reuse permit for Rigby Produce, Inc.
The permit authorizes Rigby Produce, Inc. to operate a water reuse system for five years. It allows recycled water from potato washing to be used to irrigate crops during the growing season and applied at limited rates to fields during the non-growing season.
As part of the permitting process, the facility is required to show how it will address public health and environmental concerns, including methods of preventing surface and ground water contamination.
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.
Written comments on the draft permit will be accepted through January 11, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST.
The draft permit and staff analysis are available for public review at DEQ’s Idaho Falls Regional Office (900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B) and on DEQ’s website (download at right).
Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:
Technical Services Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706