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U.S. State of Oklahoma Coal Combustion Residuals Permit Program

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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Completeness Letter

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.

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Federal Register Notice

In a Federal Register notice, EPA proposed to approve the application submitted by Oklahoma to allow the Oklahoma CCR state permit program to operate in lieu of the federal CCR program. EPA has preliminarily determined that Oklahoma’s program meets the standard for approval under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. EPA is seeking comment on this proposal and in response to requests for additional time, is extending the comment period so that comments are now due on or before March 19, 2018.

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Public Hearing

EPA held a public hearing on February 13, 2018 at the ODEQ building located at 707 N Robinson Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  For more information, visit the Public Hearing web page.

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