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Public Hearing on the Proposed Amendments to the National Minimum Criteria

EPA proposed to amend the regulations for the disposal of coal combustion residuals from electric utilities and independent power producers, which were finalized on July 18, 2018. In addition to accepting written comments, EPA held a public hearing on the proposal.

The public hearing began at 9 a.m. (EDT) on April 24, 2018 and was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel located at 300 S Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22202. The public hearing consisted 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 4 p.m.
  • A late afternoon session beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m.

Oral testimony was limited to four (4) minutes for each person. EPA did not provide equipment for persons to show overhead slides or make computerized slide presentations. The public hearing provided interested persons the opportunity to present information, comments or views concerning EPA's proposal. EPA did not respond formally during the hearing to any comments or information presented at the hearing.

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Pre-registration is closed. Requests to present at the public hearing had to be made no later than 5:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on April 19, 2018. Pre-registering guaranteed someone a speaking slot. If people did not pre-register by the deadline and wished to provide oral testimony, EPA allowed all unregistered persons to present oral testimony at the public hearing. EPA considered such requests on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the public hearing.

People only needed to pre-register if they wished to present oral testimony. That is, they did not have to pre-register in order to observe the public hearing or to submit only a written statement (see below). EPA encouraged, however, all persons planning to attend the hearing to pre-register for it to facilitate planning of the hearing.

Registrants were asked to indicate their preference for a time slot when filling out the pre-registration form on Eventbrite. Additional instructions for participation were sent by email following pre-registration including a narrowing of presentation time slots. Registrants were asked to check their spam folders for communications from Eventbrite as sometimes emails from the Eventbrite system end up there.

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Requests to speak on the day of the hearing were considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to time available. All walk-in persons wishing to provide oral testimony had to arrive no later than 7 p.m. (Eastern Time).

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Written Comments

EPA also encouraged each person to provide a written copy of their testimony either electronically or paper copy at the public hearing. People could also come to the public hearing to submit written comments and not make an oral presentation.

The written statements provided at the hearing were sent to be placed in the docket. Additionally, a verbatim transcript of the hearing and written statements were included in the docket for this action.

Finally, EPA also accepted public comments through until the close of the comment period on this action.

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Special Accommodations 

If you required special accommodations, we asked you to request those services through the Eventbrite pre-registration site before 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) on April 19, 2018 to allow sufficient time to arrange such accommodations.

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If you have any questions about this hearing, please send them through our Contact Us web form.

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