Thursday, July 28, 2016

EPA Vague about How Much Public Interest Constitutes “Enough”

The Fantom Penguin has obtained a copy of a letter sent to EPA Region 9 by Citizens for Clean Air:


JESSE LUEDERS US EPA Region 9
75 Hawthorne Street, 12th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105
415-972-3174
Email: lueders.jesse@epa.gov

Re:  DEADLINE for requests: July 31, 2016

Dear Presiding Administrative Officer Jesse Lueders,

After contacting the Record Searchlight, the Chico Enterprise Record and the Plumas County News, it became clear that no one has heard of the PSD permit modification your agency is proposing.
  • Has EPA Region 9 contacted local stakeholders via mail? How many have been contacted?
  • Has EPA Region 9 placed notices in any local newspapers detailing the permit modification?
  • What threshold do citizens have to meet in order to trigger a public hearing? 
  • Will we receive the threshold requirements prior to the end of the July 31, deadline?
.Please grant everyone a public hearing regarding the Collins Pine Company PSD permit modification to install and operate a dry electrostatic precipitator (ESP) to replace the facility’s current wet ESP.

Citizens For Clean Air formally requests both a public hearing and an EXTENSION of the July 31, 2016 deadline.  Local residents deserve a fair process, one that allows for the difficult nature of networking in rural area.

Thank you,

Celeste Draisner
Media Affairs Specialist
Citizens For Clean Air