Details for Public Notice - Environmental Permit
Public Notice Environmental Permit PURPOSE OF NOTICE: To seek public comment on a proposed reissuance of a permit that authorizes the land application of biosolids and industrial residuals (including water treatment plant residuals (WTP)) in Augusta County, Virginia. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: September 16, 2020 October 16, 2020. PERMIT NAME AND NUMBER: Virginia Pollution Abatement Permit No. VPA01566 issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), under the authority of the State Water Control Board. APPLICANT NAME AND ADDRESS: Houff Corporation, 97 Railside Drive, Weyers Cave, VA 24486 PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Houff Corporation has applied for a permit reissuance to include 8,450.6 acres of agricultural land at 44 sites. The permit authorizes the land application of biosolids, industrial, and WTP residuals as fertilizer to specific sites in Augusta County, and limits the application of nutrients, metals, and pathogens contained in these materials to amounts that protect water quality and human health. For site-specific information about this proposed reissuance and additional information about the DEQ permitting program for biosolids and WTP residuals, visit the following website: https://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/LandApplicationBeneficialReuse/PublicNotices-LandApplicationPrograms/Houff-Augusta.aspx PRELIMINARY AND FINAL PERMIT DECISION PROCEDURES: DEQ's preliminary decision is to issue a permit. Based on comments received on the draft permit, DEQ may make a final decision on the permit, or hold a public hearing on the draft permit, in which case, the State Water Control Board would make the final decision on the permit. HOW TO COMMENT AND/OR REQUEST A PUBLIC HEARING: DEQ accepts comments and requests for public hearing by hand-delivery, e-mail, or postal mail. All comments and requests must be in writing and be received by DEQ during the comment period. Submittals must include the permit number, name, mailing address and telephone number of the commenter/requester. A request for a public hearing must also include 1) Name and permit number for which the hearing is requested. 2) The reason why a public hearing is requested. 3) A brief, informal statement regarding the nature and extent of the interest of the requester, including how and to what extent such interest would be directly and adversely affected by the permit. 4) Specific references, where possible, to terms and conditions of the permit with suggested revisions. A public hearing may be held, including another comment period, if public response is significant, based on individual requests for a public hearing, and there are substantial disputed issues relevant to the permit. CONTACT FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS, DOCUMENT REQUESTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mattie Witt, DEQ-BRRO, 901 Russell Drive, Salem, VA, 24153 Phone: 434-907-7739; E-mail: mattie.witt@DEQ.virginia.gov. The public may review the draft permit and associated documents at the webpage listed above or at the DEQ office named above by appointment, or may request copies of the documents from the contact person listed above.