DEQ uses guidance documents to help DEQ staff, the regulated community, and the general public better understand how individual rules will be applied to certain situations. Completed DEQ guidance documents are available on our Guidance page.
DEQ uses a process similar to the legislative negotiated rulemaking process to develop guidance documents once a rule has been adopted. Guidance documents currently in development for each bureau are found under the appropriate tabs below.
Guidance documents are intended to provide assistance to the public and DEQ staff in implementing applicable rules and programs. Guidance may include memoranda, manuals, policy statements, interpretations of law or rules, and other material that are of general applicability, whether prepared by the agency alone or jointly with other persons. Guidance documents are intended to serve as primary reference tools to assist those within the regulated community interpret and comply with rules promulgated to the agency by the State Legislature. Finalized guidance documents for each bureau are found on our Guidance page.
This guidance development was initiated to implement IDAPA 58.01.25 “Rules Regulating the Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program.” These guidance documents will clarify the implementation of rules promulgated under a new DEQ rule chapter.
To gain the approval of the program, DEQ must have rules in place that meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act and federal regulations. These rules establish procedures for submitting permit applications, writing and issuing IPDES permits, filing appeals, fee structures, developing general permits, and other required components of an NPDES program. DEQ negotiated certain elements of the IPDES program including the permit application process, the appeals process, the fee structure, and compliance enforcement with IPDES permits. With respect to required NPDES program components, federal regulations have been incorporated by reference into the proposed rules.
The technical guidance committee will help DEQ staff prepare guidance documents related to the implementation of IDAPA 58.01.25. Topics discussed may include applying for and composing permits, collecting and submitting information for the individual or general discharge permits, and documenting procedures, practices, and requirements for permit writers.
Method for Participating and Submitting Comments
Those interested in participating in the guidance development are encouraged to attend the scheduled meeting listed below. Additional meetings may be scheduled. The meeting will be held by telephone and video web conferencing. For those who cannot participate by attending the meetings, written comments may be submitted by email to IPDESGuidance@deq.idaho.gov or faxed to (208) 373-0576.
Public Comment Opportunities
- Association of Idaho Cities
- City of Meridian
- CNP Technology – Water and Biosolids Corp. (Comment)
- CNP Technology – Water and Biosolids Corp. (Attachment)
- EPA Region 10
- City of Greenleaf
Response to Comments
See the previous written public comments and responses.