Veolia Settlement Agreement
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Veolia have reached a settlement agreement regarding the Clean Air Act operating permit for the company’s hazardous waste incinerators in Sauget, Illinois. The draft Clean Air Act Title V renewal permit attached to the agreement removes from Veolia's January 2017 renewal permit the requirement to install continuous multi-metals emissions monitors and inserts a requirement to install mercury emissions controls on two incinerators. The draft Clean Air Act Title V renewal permit also includes improvements to Veolia’s procedures for analyzing hazardous wastes burned in the incinerators. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment on the settlement agreement and posted a copy of the settlement agreement on the Agency’s website. If EPA finalizes a Title V permit that only contains clerical changes to the preliminary draft permit that was attached to the settlement agreement and the addition of the terms and conditions of the preconstruction permit for the activated carbon injection systems, Veolia has agreed that it will not challenge the issued Title V permit.
On April 3, 2018, the EAB issued an Order granting EPA’s motion for voluntary remand of Veolia’s Title V permit, and dismissing Veolia’s petition for review without prejudice. Consequently, the EAB remanded the permit back to EPA, which expects to incorporate the terms of the settlement agreement into a new draft Title V permit. EPA will propose a revised Clean Air Act Title V renewal permit for Veolia’s facility to replace the company’s current permit, and again provide an opportunity for public comment.