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U.S. State of Georgia Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Permit Program

EPA received an application from the state of Georgia requesting approval of their CCR state permit program.

In preparation to submit their application, Georgia promulgated regulations for CCR disposal units at Georgia Compilation of Rules and Regulations in 391-3-4-.10Exit, which adopts by reference nearly all of the technical criteria contained in federal CCR regulations. In addition to the technical criteria, CCR units must comply with the permitting requirements, the procedural permitting requirements and the reporting requirements found in various sections of the Solid Waste Management section of Georgia's Rule and Regulations (Ga. Comp. R. and Regs. 391-3-4).

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Completeness Letter

On June 19, 2019, EPA took the first step in the process of making a determination of whether to approve Georgia's CCR permit program by notifying Georgia that their application was complete and that the formal process of soliciting public comment and making a final determination on whether to approve Georgia's CCR permit program will begin. Below is the letter EPA sent to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) stating that their application was found to be complete.

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Proposed Approval

EPA has preliminarily determined that Georgia’s CCR state permit program meets the standard for approval under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. EPA is proposing to approve the application submitted by Georgia EPD to allow their permit program to operate in lieu of the federal CCR program. However, there are specific provisions of the federal CCR program that the state is not seeking approval for, which are outlined in the Federal Register notice. 

EPA is taking public comment on this proposal during a 60-day period. EPA will also hold a public hearing on August 6, 2019.

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Public Hearing

EPA will hold a public hearing about this proposed approval on August 6, 2019, starting at 8:00 am (Eastern time) at the Georgia EPD Tradeport Training Room located at 4244 International Parkway, Suite 116, Atlanta, Georgia. For more information and to register to speak at or attend the public hearing, visit our public hearing web page.

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