To legally operate small suction dredges in Idaho, miners must apply to EPA to be covered by the EPA General Permit, as well as check with the Idaho Department of Water Resources or other state or federal authority for any additional permits that may be required.
The EPA General Permit also contains:
- Special conditions
- Required best practices for dredging equipment operations
- Areas that are open to small suction dredge mining
- Monitoring and reporting requirements
If an operator does not meet the eligibility requirements to be covered under the general permit, they can apply for an individual permit from EPA.
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