Availability of Draft Hazardous Waste Facilities Plan
[27 Pa.B. 5650]
The Environmental Quality Board (Board) and the Department of Environmental Protection will hold one public information meeting and one public hearing regarding the Department of Environmental Protection's draft Hazardous Waste Facilities Plan.
The Hazardous Waste Facilities Plan is required by the Solid Waste Management Act to ''...address the present and future needs for the treatment and disposal of hazardous waste in this Commonwealth.'' Upon the Board's final approval, this version of the Plan will update and replace the Plan adopted by the Board on December 15, 1992. The Plan will be used by the Board in making decisions on Certificates of Public Necessity (CPN) for hazardous waste facilities. The CPN overrides local restrictions including zoning for a hazardous waste facility that has met all permit requirements and meets all review criteria including the extent to which the facility is in compliance with the Plan.
The objective of this Plan is to modify the 1992 Plan as required by the Solid Waste Management Act. The Plan provides information about hazardous waste generation in Pennsylvania, existing facilities available for treatment and disposal, and types of additional facilities needed for the proper management of hazardous waste. It explains pollution prevention and the hazardous waste management hierarchy, and urges hazardous waste generators and owners of facilities to improve upon past technologies in a way that will eliminate or reduce hazardous waste generation and its associated risk. The Plan encourages proper captive management of hazardous waste after all economically feasible source reduction and reclamation technologies are given proper consideration. The Plan states that generators in Pennsylvania have adequate commercial treatment and disposal capacity available. The Plan also states that any recovery facility that meets the regulatory test for legitimate use, reclamation or recovery is necessary.
Public Information Meeting
The Department of Environmental Protection will hold one public information meeting for the purpose of discussing the draft Plan and answering questions. No formal record of questions or comments will be kept at this meeting. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. as follows:
Thursday, December 4, 1997, The Atherton Hotel, 125 South Atherton Street, State College, PA.
The Board will hold one public hearing for the purpose of accepting comments on this draft Plan. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. as follows:
Wednesday, December 10, 1997, The Atherton Hotel, 125 South Atherton Street, State College, PA.
Persons wishing to present testimony at the hearing are asked to contact Kate Coleman at the Environmental Quality Board, P. O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477, (717) 787-8727, at least 1 week in advance of the hearing to reserve a time to present testimony. Oral testimony will be limited to 10 minutes for each witness, and three written copies of the oral testimony are requested to be submitted at the hearing. Each organization is requested to designate one witness to present testimony on its behalf.
In lieu of or in addition to presenting oral testimony at the hearings, interested persons may submit written comments, suggestions or objections regarding the draft Plan to the Environmental Quality Board, P. O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477 (express mail should be sent to Kate Coleman, 15th floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17105). Comments must be received by December 30, 1997. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted.
Copies of the Draft Plan
Copies of the draft Plan may be obtained from the Bureau of Land Recycling and Waste Management, Division of Waste Minimization and Planning, PO Box 8472, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063, (717) 787-7382. The draft Plan may also be viewed on the Department's website (www.dep.state.pa.us--choose Public Participation Center, Proposals Open for Comment). Additional information regarding this proposal may be obtained by contacting Tom Hyatt at the above telephone number.
JAMES M. SEIF,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-1743. Filed for public inspection October 31, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]
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