Proposed Permit Located In An Environmental Justice Area: General Permit Number WMGR097R011 for Research and Development Activities
[39 Pa.B. 6521]
[Saturday, November 7, 2009]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) has received a registration from Hazleton Creek Properties, LLC, to operate under General Permit Number WMGR097R011 for research and development activities. The proposed project involves use of dredged material or other regulated fill with fines from processing construction and demolition waste used in mine reclamation and as construction material in the Mammoth Strip Pit in Hazleton.
An informational meeting on the proposed registration under General Permit Number WMGR097R011 for research and development will be held for local residents by the Department on November 16, 2009, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hazleton Area Administrative Building, Main Entrance, Large Group Instructional Room, 1515 West 23rd Street, Hazleton, PA 18202. Staff from the Department will be available to answer questions that local residents may have, and to provide additional information on the permit application that is under review.
The registration and proposed research and development project was submitted by Hazleton Creek Properties, LLC, 580 Third Avenue, P. O. Box 1389, Kingston, PA 18704.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Department of Environmental Protection, Ronald C. Hassinger, Chief, General Permits/Beneficial Use Section, at (717) 787-7381.
Other Pertinent Information as Follows:
Application accepted for review: August 26, 2009.
Current Application status: The Department is currently reviewing the application.
Location: The proposed site for the project is the Mammoth Strip Pit, a 60-acre tract bounded by Routes 924/309 and Broad Street, City of Hazleton.
The proposed permit area is located in an Environmental Justice Area: The registration review takes into account enhanced public participation with increased communication among the Department, the applicant and the people that live within the Environmental Justice Area (EJA). An EJA is defined as any census tract, entirely or in part, within the area of concern with a 30% or greater minority population and/or 20% or greater at or below the poverty level, as defined by the US census bureau. The Department representatives will be available at the November 16, 2009, meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. to discuss concerns of the residents. A copy of the registration document is available for review, and copying for a fee, at the Department's Northeast Regional Office in Wilkes-Barre and the Bureau of Waste Management at the Department's Central Office in Harrisburg. Copies were also provided to the City of Hazleton, the Luzerne County Commissioners and the Luzerne County Planning Commission.
Purpose of Application: The proposed research and development project involves use of dredged material or other regulated fill with fines from processing construction and demolition waste in mine reclamation and as construction material.
Estimated Duration of Project: 5 years.
Estimated Volume of Regulated Fill and fines from processing construction and demolition for Project: 1.4 million cubic yards.
Public Comment Period: Ends on November 23, 2009. Comments concerning the application should be directed to Ronald C. Hassinger, Chief, General Permits/Beneficial Use Section, Division of Municipal and Residual Waste, Bureau of Waste Management, P. O. Box 8472, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8472, (717) 787-7381. TDD users may contact the Department through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service, (800) 654-5984.
Informational Meeting: November 16, 2009, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hazleton Area Administrative Building, Main Entrance, Large Group Instructional Room, 1515 West 23rd Street, Hazleton, PA 18202.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-2072. Filed for public inspection November 6, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]
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