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Public Comment Process

The public has the opportunity to comment on the EPA's proposed addition of eight sites (New Proposed NPL Sites) to the National Priorities List (NPL). The EPA publishes notices in the Federal Register, listing which sites are being proposed to the NPL. The documents that form the basis for the agency's evaluation and scoring of the sites in this rule are contained in public Dockets located at the EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC, in the Regional offices and by electronic access at Regulations.gov (http://www.regulations.gov).

In addition to proposing new sites to the NPL, the December 12, 2013 proposed rule solicits additional comments on the previously proposed Smurfit-Stone Mill site based on new references added to the HRS documentation record. Additional comments will not be accepted on other HRS scoring issues related to the Smurfit-Stone Mill site that could have appropriately been raised during the original comment period and are not based on information provided in these additional references. See Federal Register notice for more details.

The EPA considers all comments received during a 60-day comment period following the publication date in the Federal Register. During the comment period, comments are placed in the Headquarters Docket and are available to the public on an "as received" basis. A complete set of comments will be available for viewing in the Regional Docket approximately one week after the formal comment period closes. Comments that include complex or voluminous reports, or materials prepared for purposes other than HRS (Introduction to the HRS) scoring, should point out the specific information that the EPA should consider and how it affects individual factor values. The EPA will make final listing decisions after considering the relevant comments received during the comment period. These decisions are provided in a rule-specific support document (in PDF) that includes all sites that are being finalized to the NPL for which comments have been received.

The Headquarters Superfund Docket contains:

Each Regional Docket contains all of the information in the Headquarters Docket for sites in that Region, plus reference documents containing the data principally relied upon and cited by the EPA in evaluating the HRS scores for sites in that Region. These reference documents are available only in the Regional Dockets. Interested parties may view documents by appointment only or copies may be requested from the Headquarters or appropriate Regional Docket.

The hours of operation for the Headquarters Docket are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. Please contact the Regional Dockets for hours.

The visiting address for the Headquarters Superfund Docket is CERCLA Docket Office, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, William Jefferson Clinton Building West, Room 3334, Washington, DC 20004, 202/566-0276.

The addresses for the Regional Superfund Docket offices are:

The following table lists the proposed sites and their Docket Identification Numbers:

Docket Identification Numbers By Site

Site name City/County, State Docket ID Number
MacMillan Ring Free Oil Norphlet, AR EPA-HQ-SFUND-2013-0630
Keddy Mill Windham, ME EPA-HQ-SFUND-2013-0632
Smurfit-Stone Mill Missoula, MT EPA-HQ-SFUND-2013-0200
PCE Southeast Contamination York, NE EPA-HQ-SFUND-2013-0633
PCE/TCE Northeast Contamination York, NE EPA-HQ-SFUND-2013-0634
Troy Chem Corp Inc Newark, NJ EPA-HQ-SFUND-2013-0635
Unimatic Manufacturing Corporation Fairfield, NJ EPA-HQ-SFUND-2013-0637
Wolff-Alport Chemical Company Ridgewood, NY EPA-HQ-SFUND-2013-0638
Walker Machine Products, Inc. Collierville, TN EPA-HQ-SFUND-2013-0639

Submit your comments, identified by the appropriate Docket number, by one of the following methods:

Such deliveries are accepted only during the Docket's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays). Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

Instructions: Direct your comments to the appropriate Docket number (see table above). The EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public Docket without change and may be made available online at Regulations.gov (http://www.regulations.gov), including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through Regulations.gov (http://www.regulations.gov) or email. The Regulations.gov (http://www.regulations.gov) Web site is an "anonymous access" system; that means the EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through Regulations.gov (http://www.regulations.gov), your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public Docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

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