[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 93 (Wednesday, May 13, 2020)]
[Pages 28624-28625]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-10227]



[FRL-10009-53-Region 10]

Final Reissuance of NPDES General Permit for Concentrated Animal 
Feeding Operations in Idaho (IDG010000)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Final reissuance of NPDES general permit.


SUMMARY: The Director of the Water Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency (EPA), Region 10, is reissuing the National Pollutant Discharge 
Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Concentrated Animal 
Feeding Operations (CAFOs) located in Idaho, excluding facilities in 
Indian Country. The General Permit authorizes discharges of wastewater 
from CAFOs. The previous permit NPDES General Permit for CAFOs in Idaho 
expired on May 8, 2017. This permit will transfer to the State of Idaho 
in July 2020 as part of the phased implementation of Idaho's 
administration of the NPDES program. The EPA will remain the permitting 
authority for CAFO facilities located in Indian Country in Idaho.

DATES: The issuance date of the General Permit is May 13, 2020. The  
General Permit will be effective on June 15, 2020 and will expire on 
June 14, 2025.

    \1\ Burden is the total time, effort, or financial resources 
expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or 
provide information to or for a Federal agency. For further 
explanation of what is included in the information collection 
burden, refer to Title 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3.
    \2\ Commission staff estimates that the industry's skill set and 
cost (for wages and benefits) for FERC-561 are approximately the 
same as the Commission's average cost. The FERC 2019 average salary 
plus benefits for one FERC full-time equivalent (FTE) is $167,091/
year (or $80.00/hour).

ADDRESSES: Copies of the general permits, Fact Sheet and Response to 
Comments are available upon request. Written requests may be submitted 
to: Water Division; USEPA Region 10; 1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 155, 
WD19-C04; Seattle, WA 98101-3188. These documents can be accessed 
online on the EPA Region 10 website at: https://www.epa.gov/npdes-permits/npdes-general-permit-concentrated-animal-feeding-operations-cafos-idaho.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests may be made to Audrey 
Washington at (206) 553-0523 or to Nicholas Peak at (208) 378-5765. 
Requests may also be electronically mailed to: 
[email protected], or [email protected].


I. General Information

    All animal feeding operations (AFOs) that meet the regulatory 
definition of a CAFO and are subject to 40 CFR part 412 are eligible 
for coverage under the permit, excluding facilities in Indian Country. 
Eligible CAFOs may apply for authorization under the terms and 
conditions of the permit by submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI) and 
nutrient management plan (NMP). Upon receipt, the EPA will review the 
NOI and NMP to ensure that all permit requirements are met. If the EPA 
makes a preliminary determination that the NOI is complete, the NOI, 
NMP, and draft terms of the NMP to be incorporated into the permit will 
be made available for a thirty (30) day public review and comment 
    If determined appropriate by the EPA, CAFOs will be granted 
coverage under the permit upon written notification by the EPA.
    The EPA received 81 comments from six different organizations/
entities during the public comment period which extended from October 
23, 2019 through December 9, 2019. A Response to Comments document was 
prepared to respond to public comments received and explain any changes 
made to the draft general permit to produce the final general permit. 
The EPA received the final State CWA 401 certification on April 8, 
    The EPA has completed a Biological Evaluation for these Permit 
actions. Consultation under the Endangered Species Act between the EPA 
and the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service has been completed. The Services concurred on the 
EPA's determination that the Permit actions are not likely to adversely 
affect species listed under the Endangered Species Act or designated 
critical habitat.

II. Other Legal Requirements

    This action was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) for review under Executive Orders 12866, Regulatory Planning and 
Review, and 13563, Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, and was 
determined to be not significant.

    Dated: May 7, 2020.
Daniel D. Opalski,
Director, Water Division, Region 10.
[FR Doc. 2020-10227 Filed 5-12-20; 8:45 am]