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Idaho

Idaho Guidelines and Regulations for Mold Remediation and Painting Contractors.

The following is a brief overview of the regulations and rules governing painting contractors and mold remediation companies.

Primary regulating agencies:

  • Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Primary regulatory information:

  • Idaho Hazardous Waste Management Act
  • Idaho Ground Water Quality Rule
  • Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

Much of Idaho’s regulations are summarized by the Ground Water Quality Rule, Section 400.01.  “No person shall cause or allow the release, spilling, leaking, emission, discharge, escape, leaching or disposal of a contaminant into the environment in a manner that:

  • Causes a ground water quality standard to be exceeded;
  • Injures a beneficial use of ground water; or
  • Is not in accordance with a permit, consent order or applicable best management practice, best available method or best practical method

Painting contractors and mold remediation companies who clean their equipment near storm drains are certainly in danger of violating this law.

Small Quantity Generator Exemption available?

  • Yes, Idaho provides an exemption for Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators.  However, it is each business’s responsibility to track their waste to ensure they qualify for conditionally exempt small quantity generator status.  According to the Department of Environmental Quality site: Every business in Idaho is required to track the volume of wastes generated, determine whether or not each type of waste is hazardous, and ensure that all wastes are properly disposed of according to federal, state, and local requirements.

Idaho Generator Categories

  • CESQG – Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator. Businesses are classified as CESQG if they produce less than 220 lbs  of hazardous waste per calender month and less than 2.2 pounds of acutely hazardous waste per month.
  • SQG – Small Quantity Generator. Businesses are classified as SQG if they produce more than 220 but less than 2,200 pounds of hazardous waste per calender month and less than 2.2 pounds of acutely hazardous waste per month.