EPA to hold five public meetings in Idaho focusing on IDEQ seeking water quality permitting program

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EPA to hold five public meetings in Idaho focusing on IDEQ seeking water quality permitting program
Meetings will offer presentation, Q&A, followed by hearing to accept testimony and comments
Seattle (September 7, 2017) –
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comments on the State of Idaho’s application to assume the role of writing, administering and enforcing water quality discharge permits in the state. Until now, the job of writing wastewater and stormwater discharge permits, performing facility inspections and otherwise enforcing the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (part of the federal Clean Water Act) has been the sole responsibility of federal authorities at EPA. The public comment period will close on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.
Beginning on Monday, September 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold five public meetings in cities across the state, each featuring a presentation and question and answer session, followed by a public hearing to accept comment and testimony on Idaho’s application to assume regulatory authority for administering the Clean Water Act permitting program in Idaho. EPA will continue to write and enforce NPDES permits for discharges to tribal waters within Idaho’s state borders.
The NPDES permit program, a key part of the federal Clean Water Act, controls water pollution by regulating sources that discharge pollutants to waters in the United States. EPA officials underscored that while today’s Public Notice triggers a 60-day public comment period on Idaho’s program proposal, any final action by EPA to approve the program and transfer permitting authority is slated for July of next year.
By seeking authorization for the NPDES program, Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality would gain the authority to write wastewater discharge permits for municipalities, businesses and industry, as well as enforce those permits to insure permit compliance with all the conditions required by the permit.
As part of the authorization agreement, EPA retains:
Oversight of State’s program;
  • Right to review permit consistent with the Memorandum of Understanding between EPA and IDEQ;
  • To object to permits that are inconsistent with the Clean Water Act and federal NDPES regulations;
  • The right to federalize a State permit if the State does not adequately address EPA’s objection(s);
  • Retains enforcement authority over all dischargers;
  • Reserves the right to withdraw Idaho’s IPDES authorization if the State is not meeting Clean Water Act requirements and/or federal NDPES regulations; and
  • Right to conduct periodic program reviews
Following the close of the comment period, EPA will review all documents and decide whether IDEQ’s program meets federal requirements, Idaho’s authority to over discharge permits would be phased-in over four years for different types of permits.  EPA will continue to write permits within the phases that Idaho has yet to assume. Permits previously issued by EPA will remain in effect and become State IPDES permits, administered and enforced by the IDEQ.
Idaho plans to phase-in the permit program as follows:
Phase I (Upon delegation): Domestic Wastewater Facilities and the Pretreatment Program
Phase II (One year after delegation): Industrial Wastewater Facilities
Phase III (Two years after delegation): General Permit (non-Stormwater)
Phase IV (Three years after delegation): All Stormwater Permits and the Biosolids Program
Upcoming Public Meeting and Hearings locations and schedule:
Informational Meeting and Public Hearing City/Location/Address/Phone Number
Upcoming Public Meeting and Hearings locations and schedule:
Informational Meeting and Public Hearing City/Location/Address/Phone Number
Date and Time
Idaho Falls
Central Public Library
457 W Broadway St
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 612-8460
Monday, September 11, 2017:  Duration: 4:00 p.m. until no later than 8:00 p.m. (MT)
Information meeting at 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Hearing will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., until testimony is complete.
Twin Falls
Twin Falls Public Library
201 Fourth Avenue East
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 733-2964
September 12, 2017:  Duration: 4:00 p.m. until no later than 8:00 p.m. (MT)
Information meeting at 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Hearing will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., until testimony is complete.
Boise
Boise Public Library
715 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 972-8200
September 13, 2017:  Duration: 4:00 p.m. until no later than 8:00 p.m. (MT)
Information meeting at 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Hearing will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., until testimony is complete.
Lewiston
Lewiston Community Center
1424 Main St
Lewiston, ID 83501
(208) 746-2313
September 14, 2017:  Duration: 4:00 p.m. until no later than 8:00 p.m. (PT)
Information meeting at 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Hearing will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., until testimony is complete.
Coeur d’Alene
Coeur d’Alene Public Library
702 E Front Ave
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
(208) 769-2315
September 15, 2017:  Duration: 2:00 p.m. until no later than 6:00 p.m. (PT)
Information meeting at 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Hearing will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m., until testimony is complete.
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For more information and access to the Federal Register notice, visit EPA’s NPDES page: https://www.epa.gov/npdes-permits/idaho-npdes-program-authorization

For more about Idaho’s IPDES Program development: http://www.deq.idaho.gov/water-quality/ipdes/

Ecology News: The following rulemaking proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-219 WAC, Reclaimed Water

The following rulemaking proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: This proposal is out for public comment until October 13, 2017 and may be of some interest to SRRTTF members.

August 23, 2017

Chapter 173-219 WAC, Reclaimed Water

For more information:

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/ruledev/wac173219/0612/0612timedocs.html

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September 6, 2017 Education and Outreach Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Education and Outreach Work group is:

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Call in number: 509-335-2277
Conference ID: 5808928

SRRTTF Education and Outreach Work Group meeting Draft Summary _9.6.17

Draft Agenda:

  • SRRTTF Outreach Website (update and moving forward)
  • SRRTTF Posters – edits and new panel
  • SRRTTF letter of information to small communities (discussed as option at the full Task Force Meeting in August)
  • Task Force Funding for Education and Outreach Projects- brainstorm and prioritize

Panel 1_spokane river forum_3.17.16 revised
Panel 2_spokane river forum_3.17.16
Panel 3_spokane river forum_3.8.16 revised
Panel 1_spokane river forum_3.17.16 revised (PDF)
Panel 2_spokane river forum_3.17.16
Panel 3_spokane river forum_3.8.16 revised

 

September 6, 2017 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Task Force and Technical Track Work group is:

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
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Audio Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Conference ID: 2740350

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Meeting Materials:
TTWG_09-06-17_mtg_notes

TTWG agn 09-06-17_draft v2

Spokane-County-project-suggestions (1)

SRSP TF Monitoring Stawman Proposal Draft2 08-28-17
SRSP-TF-Monitoring-Stawman-Proposal-Draft2-08-28-17 (1)
Potential PCB Control Actions (1)

August 23, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District Office
22510 E. Mission Avenue Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Click here for a map

To attend by phone:

Call In Number: (509) 335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916

Ecology News: The following rulemaking adoption was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-98 WAC Uses and Limitations of the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund and Chapter 173-95A WAC Uses and Limitations of the Centennial Clean Water Program

The following rulemaking adoption was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser:

August 8, 2017
Chapter 173-98 WAC – Uses and Limitations of the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund
Chapter 173-95A WAC – Uses and Limitations of the Centennial Clean Water Program
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Ecology News: Update on Solid Waste Handling Standards Rule Revision

The purpose of this message is to update you on progress regarding revisions to the Solid Waste Handling Standards in Chapter 173-350 WAC.  You can find more information on our web pages beginning at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/rules/wac173350/1308ov.html .
Ecology has worked with stakeholders since early 2014 to develop better and clearer rules.  Following release of the second public draft of the rule late in 2016, we received comments from about thirty stakeholders (both individuals and represented groups).  We received some input on almost every section of the draft rule.  Draft new section 995 for Soil and Sediment Use Criteria, and new section 021 Determination of Solid Waste and Recycling received the most comments.
After considering feedback on the second draft of the rule, Ecology concluded that more work was needed before we could make a formal rule proposal.  Staff have been reviewing comments and revising rule language since the public comment period for the second draft closed in February 2017.  We have continued to consult with stakeholders.  The Legislature included a proviso in Ecology’s operating budget for the 2017 – 2019 biennium, requiring a report on this rulemaking.  We expect that report to be available to the Legislature in September 2017, and we will post it to our website at that time.
Our present work plan calls for Ecology to issue a formal rule proposal in November 2017, followed by formal hearings in early 2018.  If adopted, Ecology will file the revised rule with the Office of the Code Reviser sometime next spring, and it would be effective 31 days after filing.
Thank you for your interest in this rulemaking.  If you have questions about the rule process, please send them to w2rrulemaking@ecy.wa.gov.   In the meantime, you can manage your subscription to our ListServ at https://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=ECY-SW-HANDLING-STANDARDS   Please let others know that they are welcome to subscribe if you think they may be interested.

 

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August 2, 2017 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Task Force and Technical Track Work group is:

Date: Wednesday August  2, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Audio Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Conference ID: 2740350

Meeting Materials:
–  TTWG 8.2.17 Meeting summary draft
– TTWG agn 08-2-17_draft v2
link to Comp plan –  see Chapter 6.1 Implementation Effectiveness Assessment
–  SRSP TF Monitoring outline of suggestions d3 08-01-2017

Ecology News: Public Participation Grants Application Open

The Washington Department of Ecology will begin accepting applications for Public Participation Grants (PPGs) at 8 a.m. July 18, 2017. The PPG program is a competitive grant program. Grants are available to individuals affected by a contaminated site, or to non-profit public service organizations. The purpose of the grants is to facilitate public participation in: 
·       The cleanup of hazardous substance release sites, or
·       The implementation of the state’s solid and hazardous waste priorities.
Applications are available through Ecology’s Administration of Grants and Loans (EAGL) online grant management system.  You will need to set up a Secure Access Washington account before you can access EAGL. You will find more information about SAW and EAGL here: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/funding/EAGL.html.
 
The application will be open until 5 p.m. Aug. 11, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. Ecology will evaluate and score each eligible application received. Grant funds are available for projects conducted July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019.
Visit our web page for more information on PPG and the application process: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/grants/ppg.html