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  • 10 Sep 2013 1:29 PM | Jami Delmore (Administrator)

    Teton County Environmental Health, a division of Teton County Public Health Department is accepting applications for a full-time Environmental Health Specialist.  This position is responsible for ensuring compliance and enforcement of state statutes governing: food establishments; pools and spas; bed and breakfasts; ranches; schools; campgrounds; child care and related facilities.

    Please submit application, cover letter and resume to:

    Teton County Environmental Health

    Attn:  Mike Dart

    PO Box 937

    Jackson, WY  83001

    Application deadline is 5:00pm, Friday September 27, 2013

  • 18 Mar 2013 1:59 PM | Jami Delmore (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who attended the 2013 IEHA conference.  I hope you enjoyed it.  A few things to note, Ann Potcher has volunteered to do a Legislative newletter similar to Idaho Public Health Association.  Brody Hodges has agreed to become the newsletter editor.  James Helmstetter and Bob Hayes have volunteered to sit on the Conference committee to help Patrick with next year's conference.  If you would like to volunteer time in any of the committees, please let me know.  Thanks.

    Jami Delmore, IEHA President

  • 24 Feb 2013 2:58 PM | Anonymous

    HOUSE RESOLUTION ALERT - Affects Public Water System Program!

    HCR0009 is of concern to both DEQ and Health Districts.  Although this resolution is still in committee, if passed DEQ will not be able to charge fees to public water systems, and those monies go to the health districts to fund the drinking water program. 

    The resolution states that the DEQ rules for chargeing fees to public water systems do not meet the legislative intent and the entire section of IDAPA 58.01.08, Department of Environmental Quality, relating to Fee Schecule for Public Drinking Water Systems would be nullified. 

    Below is a list of current bills, a few have passed the house, and they are in the senate.

    H0027  Plumbers, competency certificates 02/04/2013 House - U.C. to be returned to Business Committee - Requiring licensed plumbers be used for new construction major repairs or alterations for commericial enterprises.

    H0038  Comprehensive state water plan 01/24/2013 House - Reported Printed and Referred to Resources & Conservation - Provides Legislature approval of 2012 state wide water plan.

    H0049  Injections wells 02/20/2013 Senate - Read second time; filed for Third Reading -  Establishes fees and permit application for Type II injection wells and deep injection wells to inject wastes associated with oil and natural gas production. The proposed fee is an increase from $100 to $2500 for each Class II well. The $100 fee will remain for all other wells.

    S1011  Immunization, registry information 01/17/2013 Senate - Reported Printed; referred to Health & Welfare  - Will allow for patients to opt out of IRIS (Idaho's Immunization Registery) as far as their immunization history, but their demographic info will remain in the system.

    S1012 -  Immunization registry 01/17/2013 Senate - Reported Printed; referred to Health & Welfare  This will allow for medical providers to exchange IRIS information on their patients so that each provider's electronic medical records are reflecting the entire immunization history of the patient. In addition, wording is changing to ensure all adults and children are included in the IRIS database.

    S1069  Solid waste disposal 02/11/2013 Senate - Reported Printed; referred to Local Government & Taxation - Requires public hearings for any new use or processes for solid waste disposal.

     

  • 10 Feb 2013 12:29 PM | Anonymous

     EH Related Bills I am Tracking:

    S0169 - Requires public hearings for any new use or processes for solid waste disposal.

    H0027 - Requiring licensed plumbers be used for new construction major repairs or alterations for commericial enterprises. 

    S1011 - Will allow for patients to opt out of IRIS (Idaho's Immunization Registery) as far as their immunization history, but their demographic info will remain in the system.

    S1012 - This will allow for medical providers to exchange IRIS information on their patients so that each provider's electronic medical records are reflecting the entire immunization history of the patient. In addition, wording is changing to ensure all adults and children are included in the IRIS database.

    H0038 - Provides Legislature approval of 2012 state wide water plan.

    H0049 - Establishes fees and permit application for Type II injection wells and deep injection wells to inject wastes associated with oil and natural gas production. The proposed fee is an increase from $100 to $2500 for each Class II well. The $100 fee will remain for all other wells.

     

  • 03 Feb 2013 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    Not much going on in the legislature so far.  But here are Bills I am watching:

    S1011 - Will allow for patients to opt out of IRIS (Idaho's Immunization Registery) as far as their immunization history, but their demographic info will remain in the system.

    S1012 - This will allow for medical providers to exchange IRIS information on their patients so that each provider's electronic medical records are reflecting the entire immunization history of the patient.  In addition, wording is changing to ensure all adults and children are included in the IRIS database.

    H0038 - Provides Legislature approval of 2012 state wide water plan.

    H0049 - Establishes fees and permit application for Type II injection wells and deep injection wells to inject wastes associated with oil and natural gas production.  The proposed fee is an increase from $100 to $2500 for each Class II well.  The $100 fee will remain for all other wells.

  • 04 Apr 2012 8:07 PM | Anonymous

    It looks like H0-413 IDAHO FARM FREEDOM ACT;  which  adds to existing law relating to agriculture to provide for the Idaho Farm Freedom Actas follows: would allow foods sold at farmers markets, roadside stands, and more, to be exempt from regulation and inspection.   Died in Ag Committee!

    Another bill of interest to the environmental health community was:

    SCR116 WASTEWATER DISCHARGE - STUDY - Stating findings of the Legislature and authorizing the Legislative Council to appoint an interim legislative study of the feasibility and means necessary on what would be needed for the State of Idaho to obtain primacy over regulation of wastewater discharges to surface water. Pased Senate and House had second reading, but it looks like not further action was taken on ths as well.

    Stay Tuned for the 2013 Legislative Session.  With so many legislatures not returning, next year might be quite interesting!

     

     

     

  • 23 Mar 2012 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    H0-413 IDAHO FARM FREEDOM ACT - Adds to existing law relating to agriculture to provide for the Idaho Farm Freedom Act.

    As noted above there has been no more activity on the bill that would allow foods sold at farmers markets, roadside stands, and more, to be exempt from regulation and inspection.  I will keep a close watch on this bill in the comming weeks as of 1/30 it was sent back to the Ag Affairs Committee.

    Another bill of interest to the environmental health community is:

    SCR116 WASTEWATER DISCHARGE - STUDY - Stating findings of the Legislature and authorizing the Legislative Council to appoint an interim legislative study of the feasibility and means necessary on what would be needed for the State of Idaho to obtain primacy over regulation of wastewater discharges to surface water. Pased Senate and House had  second reading thus far.

  • 03 Feb 2012 4:51 PM | Patrick Guzzle (Administrator)

    Hello IEHA members!

    So far, it's been a relatively quiet Legislative Session for Environmental Health related topics and issues.  The Department of Environmental Quality submitted rule changes that align state guidelines with federal guidelines.  I'm not aware of any other issues at this time, but if you are aware of something and would like me to track it, please let me know.

    Patrick Guzzle

  • 04 Mar 2011 4:20 PM | Patrick Guzzle (Administrator)

    All:

    Sorry it's been longer than I had anticipated to get another update.  Here's some of the latest that is being considered by the Idaho Legislature:

    HB041 has passed - this allows for monetary penalties for violations associated with underground storage tanks.

    HB050 is in committee - this provides that a governing body may set procedures for zoning changes, subdivisions, favirances, special use permits, etc.

    HB042 is in committee - this bill changes some definitions in the water quality act.

    HB166 is in committee - this bill voids and nullifies ordinances and resolutions that declare specific agricultural activities to be nuisances.

    HB210 is in committee - this bill declares that properly conducted agricultural activities cannot be termed nuisances. 

    HB129 is in committee - this bill changes licensing requirements for daycare facilities and sets fees for licensure.

    HB075 is in committee - this bill replaces the Uniform Plumbing Code with the Idaho Plumbing Code. 

     

  • 27 Jan 2011 5:36 PM | Patrick Guzzle (Administrator)

    Greetings IEHA members!  I'm now responsible for providing legislative updates and I'll certainly try to do that on a weekly basis.  Next week, though, I'll be working in the field so I might not get an update to you.  As for this week...the legislative session is now in full gear and, so far, the following bills might be of interest to you:

    H0050 - this bill provides that governing body may set procedures by which applications for zoning changes, subdivisions, variances, special use permits, etc. are processed and decisions made. 

    H0041 - this bill allows for monetary penalties for violations related to underground storage tanks.

    H0042 - this bill changes some definitions in the water quality act. 

    As for my little food safety world - the Department of Agriculture had rules approved relating to raw milk and herd share programs.  The rules allow for raw milk and raw milk products to be sold in grocery stores provided that the supplier of the raw milk is registered with the Department of Agriculture.  Raw milk and raw milk products must also be labeled appropriately.

    If there is legislation out there that involves environmental health and I have not addressed it, please let me know.  I encourage you all to visit the Legislative web-site where you can find a complete index of all bills currently being considered. 

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