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Public Hearing on the Proposed Amendments to the National Minimum Criteria

EPA is proposing to amend the regulations for the disposal of coal combustion residuals from electric utilities and independent power producers. In addition to accepting written comments, EPA is holding a public hearing on the proposal.

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

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, comments or views concerning EPA's proposal. EPA may ask clarifying questions during the oral presentations, but will not respond formally during the hearing to any comments or information presented at the hearing.

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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Requests to present at the public hearing should be made no later than 5:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on April 19, 2018. You can pre-register through the public hearing's Eventbrite site. Exit

Pre-registering guarantees you a speaking slot. 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.

You only need to pre-register if you wish to present oral testimony. That is, you do not have to pre-register in order to observe the public hearing or to submit only a written statement (see below). EPA encourages, however, all persons planning to attend the hearing to pre-register for it, which will facilitate its planning of the hearing.

Please indicate your preference for a time slot when filling out the pre-registration form on Eventbrite. Additional instructions for participation will be sent by email following pre-registration including a narrowing of your presentation time slot. Please check your spam folder for communications from Eventbrite as sometimes emails from the Eventbrite system end up there.

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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 7 p.m. (Eastern Time).

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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 or paper copy at the public hearing. You may also come to the public hearing to submit written comments and not make an oral presentation.

The written statements provided at the hearing will be placed in the docket. Once in the docket, the comments will be accessible to anyone so please only include your name on the comments and do not include your address, phone number or any other personal information that you do not want made available to the public.

Additionally, verbatim transcripts of the hearing and written statements will be included in the docket for this action.

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

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Special Accommodations 

If you require special accommodations, we ask that you 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 the web form below.