Hearing on Draft Veolia Air Permit Set for July 8

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 will hold a public hearing July 8 in East St. Louis to take comments on a draft Clean Air Act operating permit for the Veolia Environmental Services hazardous waste combustion facility in Sauget, Ill. The public comment period begins June 6 and ends July 18.

The hearing will be from 3 to 7 p.m. at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville's East St. Louis Higher Education Campus. Interested parties may present data, views, or arguments concerning the draft permit. EPA may ask clarifying questions during the presentations but will not respond to presentations at the hearing.

Persons wanting to present oral testimony at the hearing should contact Genevieve Damico by e-mail at damico.genevieve@epa.gov or by telephone at 312-353-4761. Oral testimony will be limited to 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the number of speakers. EPA will not provide special equipment for presentations. Commenters are encouraged to provide written or computer disk versions of their oral testimony.

Normally, Clean Air Act operating permits are issued or denied by states. In this case, EPA intends to issue or deny the permit because of a lawsuit by the Sierra Club and the American Bottom Conservancy. Details of the history of this permitting action and resolution of legal action taken by these two groups can be found in the docket for this action at www.regulations.gov: Docket ID No. EPA-R05-OAR-2008-0235.

Written statements and supporting information submitted during the comment period will be considered with the same weight as oral comments and supporting information presented at the hearing. Written comments should include the reason for interest in the draft permit, requested actions for EPA to take, and justification for the actions.

Written comments and requests to receive notices of future actions may be submitted to EPA until July 18 using any of the following: http://www.regulations.gov: Docket ID No. EPA-R05-OAR-2008-0235; http://www.epa.gov/region5/publicnotices/veolia; e-mail: damico.genevieve@epa.gov; fax: 312-886-5824; or mail: Cheryl Newton, acting director, Air and Radiation Division (A-18J), U.S. EPA Region 5, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL., 60604.

The draft permit and other information can be reviewed at www.regulations.gov: Docket ID No. EPA-R05-OAR-2008-0235.

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