HEALTH AND SAFETY
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY — HEALTH
39-175C. Approval of Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program. (1) The department is authorized to implement an Idaho pollutant discharge elimination system (IPDES) program consistent with the requirements of this section. The program shall not include the authority to issue permits for any discharge of sewage from vessels, effluent from properly functioning marine engines, laundry, shower, and galley sink wastes, or any other discharge incidental to the normal operation of a vessel. This exclusion does not apply to rubbish, trash, garbage, or other such materials discharged overboard; nor to other discharges when the vessel is operating in a capacity other than as a means of transportation, such as when used as an energy or mining facility, a storage facility or a seafood processing facility, or when secured to a storage facility or a seafood processing facility or when secured to the bed of a lake or river, contiguous zone or waters of the United States for the purpose of mineral or oil exploration or development.
(2) The board is authorized to proceed with negotiated rulemaking and all other actions necessary to maintain approval of the IPDES program by the United States environmental protection agency including rules authorizing the collection of reasonable fees for processing and implementing an IPDES permit program. Such fees shall not be assessed or collected unless the state maintains an approved IPDES program consistent with the requirements of this section.
(3) Any memorandum of agreement negotiated by the director to maintain approval to operate an IPDES program shall be binding on the state of Idaho upon enactment of this statute.
(4) Implementation of the IPDES program shall not occur prior to statutory enactment of implementing legislation and authorization of a memorandum of agreement as specified in subsection(3) of this section.
(5) The director, as appropriate, shall establish agreements with other state agencies with expertise to administer the IPDES program.
(6) No provision of this chapter shall be interpreted as to supersede, abrogate, injure or create rights to divert or store water and apply water to beneficial uses established under section 3, article XV, of the constitution of the state of Idaho, and title 42, Idaho Code.
(7) Nothing in this section is intended to supersede any existing agreements between federal, state or local agencies regarding authority over inspections, enforcement or other obligations under the clean water act.
[39-175C, added 2005, ch. 57, sec. 1, p. 212; am. 2014, ch. 40, sec. 4, p. 96; am. 2018, ch. 22, sec. 5, p. 37.]