Monday, February 20, 2017

DEQ Public Notice: Feb. 22 is deadline for public comments on draft renewal of WHITE PINE COPPER REFINERY Renewable Operating Permit

[Editor's Note: We regret the late posting of this public notice. We just found it today.]


The Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division (AQD) is holding a public comment period until February 22, 2017, on the draft renewal of a Renewable Operating Permit (ROP) under consideration to be issued to WHITE PINE COPPER REFINERY, INC. located at 29784 Willow Road in White Pine, Michigan. The facility’s Responsible Official is Zachary J. Halkola, Chief Operating Officer.

Major stationary sources of air pollutants are required to obtain and operate in compliance with an ROP pursuant to Title V of the federal Clean Air Act of 1990 and Section 5506(1) of Part 55, Air Pollution Control, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. The ROP is intended to simplify and clarify a facility’s applicable requirements and compliance with them by consolidating all state and federal air quality requirements into one document. The proposed ROP will result in no emissions change at the facility.

Copies of the draft ROP and the Staff Report are available for inspection at the following locations or you may request a copy be mailed to you by calling or writing the District Office at the address and telephone number listed below:
The AQD Permits Internet Home Page -
Upper Peninsula District Office, Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division, 1504 West Washington Street, Marquette, Michigan 49855 (Phone: 906-228-2905)
LANSING: Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division, Constitution Hall, P. O. Box 30260, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7760 (Phone: 517-284-6776)

All persons are encouraged to present their views on the draft permit. Persons wishing to comment or request a public hearing should submit written statements by February 22, 2017 to the attention of Ed Lancaster at the District Office referenced above. The decision maker for the permit is Janis Ransom, Acting Upper Peninsula District Supervisor.

If requested in writing by February 22, 2017, a public hearing may be scheduled.

Comments will also be accepted at the public hearing, if held. Persons needing accommodations for effective participation at the public hearing, if held, should contact Ed Lancaster at the District Office referenced above a week in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance.

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