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DEQ Seeks Comment on Draft Reuse Permit Renewal for Idaho Supreme Potatoes – LocalNews8.com

FIRTH, Idaho (KIFI) – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking comment on a draft reuse permit renewal for Idaho Supreme Potatoes, LLC.

Idaho Supreme Potatoes, LLC. operates a potato production and processing facility in Firth with planting and land application locations in Bingham County, Idaho. The plant produces wastewater from the washing and dewatering process that contains significant concentrations of organic compounds that contribute to chemical oxygen demand, including dissolved and filterable solids, nitrogen and phosphorus.

The facility is seeking a five-year extension of the current reuse permit. This measure would allow the facility to use 356 hectares of irrigated land for crop production and 15 hectares of unirrigated land for solids application. The facility is approved for the use of areas in the growing and non-growing seasons.

The draft reuse permit establishes monitoring requirements, nutrient and water pollution limits, and conditions established by DEQ to protect public health and the environment. As part of the approval process, the facility also had to demonstrate that its operation would not cause public health or environmental concerns.

The permit materials are available for public review at the DEQ State Office (1410 North Hilton Street, Boise, Idaho 83706), DEQ's Pocatello Regional Office (444 Hospital Way #300 Pocatello, ID 83201), and on DEQ's Public Comment Opportunities page . Written comments will be accepted until June 15, 2024, 5:00 p.m. MST. Submit comments electronically on DEQ's website or by mail or email to:

Scott MacDonald
444 Hospital Way No. 300
Pocatello, ID 83201
scott.macdonald@deq.idaho.gov

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