Variances from Idaho Water Quality Standards
A variance is a temporary relaxation of water quality standards. Variances are granted by DEQ to facilities for specified pollutants in their wastewater based upon a rationale as to why more time is needed to meet the prevailing criteria. The allowed reasons for a variance are the same as for beneficial use changes under a use attainability analysis.
Variances generally last for the duration of a federally issued NPDES permit, usually five years, and may be renewed if reasonable progress toward meeting prevailing criteria has been made. Because variances are temporary, Idaho's process is administrative. The rules governing DEQ's granting of variances can be found in Section 260 of Idaho's water quality standards (IDAPA 58.01.02.260).
Current Variances from Idaho Water Quality Standards
|Pollutants||Receiving Water||Related Documents|
City of Page WWTP
|06/05/09||Cadmium, Lead, & Zinc||South Fork Coeur d'Alene River||Page Variance|
City of Mullan WWTP
|06/05/09||Cadmium & Zinc||South Fork Coeur d'Alene River||Mullan Variance|
|City of Smelterville/
|06/05/09||Cadmium, Lead, & Zinc||South Fork Coeur d'Alene River||Smelterville Variance|
Note: South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District (SFCDASD), wastewater treatment plant (WWTP)
- Justification for Granting of Variances from the Idaho Water Quality Standards to the Cities of Page, Mullan and Smelterville for the Discharge of Metals from their Wastewater Treatment Plant (May 2009)