Advertise Here

Eye On Boise

House backs NPDES primacy on unanimous vote, sends bill to Senate

The Idaho House has voted unanimously, 62-0, in favor of HB 406, the measure from IACI to have the state take over primacy for wastewater permitting under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES. Floor sponsor Rep. Jason Monks, R-Meridian, touted the “local control and more flexibility that is always inherent when we have a state agency there.” He noted that by 2022, the bill contemplates that the state DEQ, which would take over the program from the EPA, would need 25 additional full-time employees.

Rep. Darrell Bolz, R-Caldwell, said, “This is not a new issue.” Lawmakers contemplated the move in past years, but the economic downturn made funding impossible, he said. “I’m very appreciative of the fact that this bill has been brought before us and has a phase-in approach.” The bill now moves to the Senate side of the Capitol.

Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Eye On Boise

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Eye On Boise.

Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
Advertise Here