Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Idaho DEQ calls for community participation in development of state pollutant discharge program

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently called for public participation in the development of an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) effluent limit development guidance, a key step toward that state gaining authority to oversee pollutant discharges.
Currently, Idaho facilities that discharge pollutants from a point source, such as a pipe or other point, must apply for discharge permits through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The DEQ is seeking federal authorization to transition authority over pollutant discharges to a state-operated IPDES. This would allow the DEQ to issues discharge permits, which would include limits on discharges of pollutants and other stipulations designed to promote water quality and public health within the state.
The development of guidance documents is a key step along the path to federal authorization. The DEQ is calling for community participation in the development process, beginning with a meeting on Oct. 7, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DEQ state office. Participants will work with the DEQ in determining effluent limits that will be included in IPDES permits.

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