Idaho Clean Water Act Permitting

Idaho Clean Water Act Permitting

Current Status:

Case Title:
No. 18-72684

Staff attorney(s):
Bryan Hurlbutt


Idaho Conservation League

To Protect:

Clean Water


Case Information:

June 26, 2019 – Advocates for the West filed our opening brief in the Ninth Circuit on behalf of Idaho Conservation League in a case against the Environmental Protection Agency. Our case challenges EPA’s decision to allow Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) to take over Clean Water Act permitting in Idaho, which EPA used to run. The new Idaho program (called IPDES) fails to provide IDEQ adequate authority and resources to take enforcement actions against polluters who violate the Clean Water Act.  It also fails to adequately regulate CAFOs (feedlots and dairies). CAFOs are one of Idaho’s biggest sources of water pollution, especially along the Snake River in Southern Idaho. Our lawsuit seeks to fix these problems with the IPDES program.