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Public Hearing on Oklahoma's Coal Combustion Residuals Permit Program - February 13, 2018

EPA is proposing to approve the application submitted by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) to allow the Oklahoma Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) state permit program to operate in lieu of the Federal CCR program. EPA is holding a public hearing on the proposed program approval.
 

The public hearing will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m. (CST). EPA will conduct the public hearing at the ODEQ building located at 707 N Robinson Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The public hearing will consist of three sessions: 

  • A morning session starting at 9 a.m. and ending at noon.
  • An early afternoon session starting at 1 p.m. and ending at 3 p.m.
  • A late afternoon session beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m. or later, if necessary, depending on the number of speakers that pre-register for the hearing.

Oral testimony will be limited to four (4) minutes for each person. EPA will not be providing equipment for persons to show overhead slides or make computerized slide presentations. The public hearing will provide interested persons the opportunity to present information, views or arguments concerning ODEQ’s program application. EPA may ask clarifying questions during the oral presentations, but will not respond formally to any comments or the presentations made.

Note:  Do not present or submit at the hearing any information you consider to be confidential business information or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

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Pre-Registration

Pre-registration is now closed. 

If you do not pre-register by the deadline and wish to provide oral testimony, EPA may allow, if time permits, some or all unregistered persons to present oral testimony at the public hearing. EPA will consider such requests on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the public hearing as time permits.

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Walk-ins

If we receive additional requests to speak on the day of the hearing, these will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to time available and after all the registered participants have presented. If time is not available, we will provide these persons with the opportunity to submit a written statement during the hearing. All walk-in persons wishing to provide oral testimony must arrive no later than 6 p.m. (CST).

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Written Comments

If you present oral testimony, EPA also encourages each person to provide a written copy of their testimony either electronically (e.g., CD) or paper copy at the public hearing. Verbatim transcripts of the hearing and written statements will be included in the docket for this action.

You may come to the public hearing to submit written comments and not make an oral presentation. EPA officials will accept such written statements at the morning, early afternoon, and later afternoon sessions. These written statements provided at the hearing will also be placed in the docket.

EPA will also accept public comments through regulations.gov until  the close of the comment period on this action.

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Questions

If you have any questions about this hearing, please send them through the Coal Ash Contact Us page.

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