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Proposed General Wastewater Permit for Small Suction Dredge Mining in Idaho

About Public Notice

Public Notice Issued:
May 1, 2012
Comment Period Ends:
June 1, 2012
Technical Contacts:
Cindi Godsey
(907) 271-6561


EPA is re-proposing the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for small suction dredge operations (intake nozzle size of 5 inches in diameter or less and with equipment rated at 15 horsepower or less) in Idaho. When issued, the permit will establish effluent limitations, standards, prohibitions and other conditions on discharges from covered facilities. A description of the basis for the conditions and requirements of the proposed general permit is given in the Fact Sheet. This is also notice of the draft 401 Certification provided by the state of Idaho.

Tentative Determination

The Region 10 Office of EPA has tentatively determined to issue the NPDES general permit as described in the “Summary” section above.

State Certification

This Notice will also serve as Public Notice of the draft 401 Certification (Appendix D of the Fact Sheet) by the State of Idaho, Department of Environmental Quality that the subject permit will comply with the applicable provisions of Sections 208(e), 301, 302, 303, 306 and 307 of the Clean Water Act. The NPDES general permit will not be issued until the certification requirements of Section 401 have been met.

Persons wishing to comment on State Certification should submit written comments by the public notice expiration date to Miranda Adams, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ), 1410 N. Hilton Boise, Idaho 83706. Ms. Adams may be reached by phone at (208) 373-0574 or by e-mail at

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Comment or Request a Public Hearing

Persons wishing to comment on the tentative determinations contained in the proposed permit may do so in writing by June 1, 2012.

All comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the commenter, a concise statement of any comment, and the relevant facts upon which it is based. All written comments and requests should be submitted to USEPA-Region 10, 1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900, OWW-130, Seattle, WA 98101-3140. Comments may also be submitted via email to or faxed to (206) 553-0165.

A request for a public hearing must state the nature of the issues to be raised as well as the requester’s name, address and telephone number.

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Document Availability

Files Available:

The draft NPDES permit and Fact Sheet are on file and may be inspected at the above address any time between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Copies and other information may be requested by writing to the EPA at the above address to the attention of the NPDES Permits Unit, or by calling (206) 553-0523.

The documents are also available at the following locations:
EPA Idaho Operations Office
1435 North Orchard Street
Boise, Idaho 83706
(208) 378-5746
IDEQ State Office
1410 North Hilton
Boise, Idaho 83706
(208) 373-0502
Twin Falls Regional Office
1363 Fillmore Street
Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
(208) 736-2190
(800) 270-1663
Boise Regional Office
1445 North Orchard
Boise, Idaho 83706
(208) 373-0550
(888) 800-3480
Lewiston Regional Office
1118 F Street
Lewiston, Idaho 83501
(208) 799-4370
(877) 541-3304
Pocatello Regional Office
444 Hospital Way, #300
Pocatello, Idaho 83201
(208) 236-6160
(888) 655-6160
Idaho Falls Regional Office
900 N. Skyline Suite B
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402
(208) 528-2650
(800) 232-4635
Coeur d’Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Pkwy
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814
(208) 769-1422
(877) 370-0017
or may be requested by e-mail from: or
To ensure effective communication with everyone, additional services can be made available to persons with disabilities by contacting one of the above EPA representatives. For those with impaired hearing or speech, please contact EPA's telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD) at (206) 553-1598.

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