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Idaho Solid Waste Management Facilities (18-ID-d)

Idaho considers transfer stations, composting operations, incinerators and landfills solid waste management facilities. The state does not require a permit, rather there is a certification and approval process. The definition of "solid waste" is contained in IDAPA Solid waste is "any garbage or refuse, sludge from a waste water treatment plant, water supply treatment plant, or air pollution control facility and other discarded material including solid, liquid, semi-solid , or contained gaseous material resulting from industrial, commercial, mining, and agricultural operations and from community activities, but does not include solid or dissolved materials in domestic sewage, or solid or dissolved material in irrigation return flows or industrial discharges which are point sources subject to permits under Section 402 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended (86 Stat 880), or source, special nuclear, or by-product material as defined by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (68 Stat 923)."

Solid Waste Management Facilities Process

18-ID-d.1 - Is the volume of solid waste at the facility less than 300 cubic yards

If the facility has less than 300 cubic yards of waste at any one time, then the facility is below regulatory concern (BRC).

18-ID-d.2 - No approval needed; Continue with project

If the facility has less than 300 cubic yards of solid waste at any time, there is no need to seek certification.

18-ID-d.3 - Solid Waste Siting License Application, license fee & associated documents

A siting application is submitted to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality with a map indicating:

  • highways, roads and adjacent communities;
  • property boundaries;
  • total acreage of the site;
  • off-site and on-site access roads and service roads;
  • types of land uses adjacent to the facility and a description of all facilities on the site;
  • all water courses within one-quarter mile of the proposed facility;
  • high tension power line rights-of-way, fuel transmission pipeline rights-of-way and proposed and existing utilities;
  • proposed or existing fencing;
  • proposed and existing structures at the facility and within five hundred feet of the facility boundary; and
  • the direction of the prevailing wind.

18-ID-d.4 - Certify application

A developer may increase the chances of a positive outcome by hiring a qualified expert to review the application and certify it. If a certified expert has reviewed the application, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality will be inclined to grant the application unless the community becomes disruptive.

18-ID-d.5 - Solid Waste Siting License

As long as the application has been certified by an expert, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality will be more likely to grant the permit, unless there is evidence disputing the prudence of the facility.

18-ID-d.6 - Monitoring and Measurement

Waste monitoring includes:

  • a daily written log listing and quantities of wastes received;
  • a plan for monitoring and handling receipt of unauthorized wastes;
  • characterization of wastes; and
  • any other monitoring or measurement requirements contained in the operating plan.

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