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Public Comment Process

The public has the opportunity to comment on the EPA's proposed addition of six sites (Current NPL Updates: New Proposed & New Final 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).

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 dockets 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 or other listing criteria. The EPA will not address voluminous comments that are not referenced to the HRS or other listing criteria. The EPA will not address comments unless they indicate which component of the HRS documentation record or what particular point in the EPA's stated eligibility criteria is at issue. Significant comments are typically addressed in a support document that the EPA will publish concurrently with the Federal Register document if, and when, the site is listed on the NPL.

The Headquarters docket contains the following for the sites proposed in this rule:

The regional dockets for this proposed rule contain all of the information in the Headquarters docket plus the actual reference documents containing the data principally relied upon and cited by the EPA in calculating or evaluating the HRS score for the sites. These reference documents are available only in the regional dockets.

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, Room 3334, Washington, DC 20004, 202/566-0276.

The addresses for the regional 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
Estech General Chemical Company Calumet City, IL EPA-HQ-SFUND-2015-0136
Colonial Creosote Bogalusa, LA EPA-HQ-SFUND-2015-0137
BJAT LLC Franklin, MA EPA-HQ-SFUND-2015-0138
Anaconda Aluminum Co Columbia Falls Reduction Plant Columbia Falls, MT EPA-HQ-SFUND-2015-0139
Main Street Ground Water Plume Burnet, TX EPA-HQ-SFUND-2015-0140
Grain Handling Facility at Freeman Freeman, WA EPA-HQ-SFUND-2015-0141

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).

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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