Wednesday, October 21, 2015

DEQ postpones public hearing on L'Anse Warden permit

[EDITOR'S UPDATE: According to Ed Lancaster, DEQ Air Quality Division environmental quality analyst, DEQ will continue to accept public comments on the draft renewable operating permit (ROP) for L’Anse Warden Electric Company LLC until the new public meeting, which will be held at the earliest in January 2016.*]

MARQUETTE -- The DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) today postponed the public hearing on the draft renewable operating permit (ROP) for L’Anse Warden Electric Company LLC originally scheduled from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the L'Anse Area School Cafetorium. The hearing will be rescheduled at a later date.

The L’Anse Warden Electric Company recently informed the DEQ that the company’s latest emissions testing indicates it may not be able to comply with air quality regulations. The DEQ cannot move forward with the current draft renewable operating permit if a non-compliance issue exists. The DEQ will conduct further review of final emissions testing data, and may need to develop a compliance plan.

The DEQ will notify the public once a new date is scheduled for a public meeting and hearing on the draft renewable operating permit. All previous comments submitted by interested parties will be kept.*

The date, time and location of a future public hearing or public meeting will be published in the DEQ environmental calendar as well as in local newspapers. Individuals who have already submitted comments will also receive notification of a future public hearing or meeting.

* Written public comments can be sent to Ed Lancaster, Upper Peninsula District Office, Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division, 1504 West Washington St., Marquette, MI 49855 (Phone: 906-228-4853).

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