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DEQ seeks community participation in developing IPDES effluent limit guidance

Tuesday, September 6, 2016  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking participation from the community in developing an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) effluent limit development guidance.

DEQ is currently seeking federal authorization for a state-operated IPDES program, and developing guidance documents is a key step toward Idaho obtaining delegated authority to implement the IPDES program.

The IPDES program will require facilities discharging from a point source into waters of the U.S. to obtain discharge permits from DEQ (they are currently issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A point source is a conveyance such as a pipe or other point. An IPDES permit will contain limits on discharges of effluent and other provisions to protect water quality and public health.

Participants will work with DEQ to generate a guidance document for developing effluent limits to be included in IPDES permits. The first meeting is scheduled for October 7, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DEQ state office.

Persons interested in participating should contact Troy Smith, IPDES rules and guidance coordinator, at (208) 373-048 or

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