DEQ seeks comment on draft water reuse permit renewal for INL facility
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
IDAHO FALLS - The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on a draft water reuse permit renewal for the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) New Percolation Ponds at the Idaho National Laboratory in Butte County.
The permit authorizes INTEC to continue operating a municipal wastewater reuse system for another seven years. It allows the discharge of a mixture of municipal and inorganic wastewater into two percolation ponds, designed for the purpose of infiltrating applied wastewater to ground water.
As part of the permitting process, INTEC is required to show how it will address public health and environmental concerns, including methods of preventing surface and ground water contamination.
The draft permit specifies buffer zones, hydraulic and nutrient loading rates, operating practices, and monitoring requirements established by DEQ to protect public health and the environment.
Written comments on the draft permit will be accepted through May 19, 2017, at 5 p.m. MDT.
The draft permit, response to comments, and staff analysis are available for public review at DEQ’s state office in Boise and on DEQ’s website (download at right).
Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:
Technical Services Division
DEQ State Office
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706