On August 3, 2017, EPA received an application from the state of Oklahoma requesting a review of their coal combustion residuals (CCR) state permit program.
In preparing to submit their application, Oklahoma promulgated regulations for CCR disposal units in Title 252 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code Exit in Chapter 517, Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities. The Chapter 517 rules were first effective September 15, 2016 and subsequently revised. The rules that are currently in place were effective September 15, 2017. Revisions were accomplished to remove the early closure provisions for CCR impoundments consistent with changes to the federal rule.
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On December 21, 2017, EPA took the first step in the process of making a determination of whether to approve Oklahoma's state CCR permit program by notifying Oklahoma that their application was complete and that the formal process of soliciting public comment and making a final determination on whether to approve Oklahoma's CCR permit program will begin. Below is the letter EPA sent to Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) stating that their application was found to be complete.
EPA has preliminarily determined that Oklahoma’s program meets the standard for approval under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
EPA held a public hearing. For more information, visit the Public Hearing web page.
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- Coal Combustion Residuals Permit Program Application Completeness Letter to Oklahoma DEQ (PDF)(1 pg, 171 K, December 21, 2017)