Proposed General Permit Coverage for the Horizon Organic Dairy in Paul, Idaho | Region 10 | US EPA

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Proposed General Permit Coverage for the Horizon Organic Dairy in Paul, Idaho

About this Public Notice

Public Notice Issued:
May 13, 2013

Comments Due:
June 12, 2013

Technical Contacts:
Nicholas Peak
(208) 378-5765

Applicant Contacts:
Permit Number: IDG-01017-0
Horizon Organic Dairy
2577 East 500 South
Paul, Idaho
Documents are available for review.

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Horizon Organic Dairy is seeking coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in Idaho (IDG010000). The general permit requires that CAFO owners/operators seeking permit coverage submit a notice of intent (NOI) and nutrient management plan (NMP) to EPA. After a determination by EPA that the NOI is complete, the NOI, NMP, and draft terms of the NMP to be incorporated into the permit will be made available for a 30-day public review and comment period. EPA will respond to comments received during the comment period and, if necessary, require the CAFO owner or operator to revise the NMP in order to be granted permit coverage. Horizon Organic Dairy is not authorized to discharge under the permit until written authorization from EPA is received.

Horizon Organic Dairy is considered a new source under 40 CFR 122.2 and 122.29. In accordance with Section 511(c)(1) of the Clean Water Act and EPA’s regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act at 40 CFR Part 6, issuance or NPDES permits to new sources are considered major federal actions subject to NEPA review. NEPA requirements must be complied with prior to allowing permit coverage of new sources. Horizon Organic Dairy submitted an Environmental Information Document (EID) along with their NOI and NMP as required. Using the EID, EPA has developed an Environmental Assessment and preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for coverage of the Horizon Organic Dairy under the CAFO general permit. This notice will also serve as public notice of EPA’s NEPA determination. Persons wishing to comment on the determinations contained within the EA or preliminary FONSI may do so in writing within 30-days of this public notice.

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Tentative Determination

We have tentatively determined to cover the above applicant under the Idaho CAFO general permit. We have also made a FONSI determination with respect to this new source activity under NEPA.

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Public Comments and Hearings

The process for submitting public comments and requests of hearing will follow the procedures applicable to draft permits as specified by 40 CFR 124.11 through 124.13.

Persons wishing to comment on the tentative determinations cited above or wishing to request that a public hearing be held, may do so in writing, within 30 days of the date of this public notice (June 12, 2013). A request for a public hearing states the nature of the issues to be raised as well as the requester's name, address and telephone number. Comments must be received within this 30 day period to be considered in the formulation of final determinations regarding the application. All comments should include the name, address and telephone number of the commenter and a concise statement of the exact basis of any comment and the relevant facts upon which it is based. All written comments and requests should be submitted to:

    EPA Region 10,
    Attn: Director, Office of Water and Watersheds,
    1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900,
    Mail Stop: OWW-130,
    Seattle, WA 98101.
Comments may also be submitted via email to Nicholas Peak (

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Document Availability

Documents available for download:

The proposed NPDES permit and other related documents are on file and may be inspected at the EPA Region 10 office any time between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Disability Reasonable Accommodation Notice:
If you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact Nicholas Peak ( at (208) 378-5765 (voice). TTY/TDD users please dial Washington Relay Service at 1 (800) 833-6388. Please provide one week advance notice for special requests not related to ongoing programs and services.

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