Public Comment Period Extended For Jerome Cheese Plant Discharge


By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) — The public comment period on a proposed reduction and reallocation of Total Phosphorus that may be discharged into the Middle Snake River and transfer of a portion of the allocation from the city of Jerome to Jerome Cheese Co. has been extended to 5 p.m., Friday, September 12, 2014.

Phosphorus is an important nutrient for plant and animal growth. However, in excess, it can cause an increase in the growth of aquatic vegetation including algae. Excessive algae can harm fish by removing oxygen from the water.

Based on an analysis of water quality in the Middle Snake River Watershed, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has concluded that a portion of the city of Jerome’s allocation can be reduced and transferred to Jerome Cheese, which did not have an allocation previously. In addition, it has been determined that the plant does not need the entire amount that the city agreed to transfer and that excess portion of the city of Jerome’s allocation will be retired to provide an additional water quality benefit to the river.

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