The Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board (“Board”) convened its regular monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on April 10, 2018, at the offices of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, in Jackson. Dennis Riecke chaired the meeting.
The Board approved minutes from the March meeting and the non-controversial actions/ certifications completed by the staff since the March meeting.
Following a prepared agenda, items considered were as follows:
OFFICE OF POLLUTION CONTROL
Amendments to 11 Miss. Admin. Code, Part 1, Chanter 5.
MDEQ Staff recommended and the Permit Board approved the adoption of the proposed amendments to the Permit Board’s administrative procedure regulations, 11 Mississippi Administrative Code, Part 1, Chapter 5. The amendments directly align requirements of the Mississippi Environmental Permit Board’s makeup with requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act. This action, in conjunction with actions by the Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality, will allow EPA to remedy partial-disapprovals of recent state plan submittals to address requirements for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards under the Clean Air Act. A public hearing was held on March 5, 2018 after a 30-day public comment period. No verbal comments were received at the public hearing. Written comments were received and have been provided to the Permit Board for their consideration.
Water I Branch
Le Poultry, Pike County – Issuance of Coverage under the DLPAFA General Permit (MSG201968) and Issuance of Storm Water Coverage (MSR17600).
MDEQ Staff presented to the Board and recommended approval of the above-referenced Applications. The Applicant proposes 8 poultry houses and construction activity on 9 acres of disturbed land during construction. Staff stated that upon notification of the contiguous land owners by the Applicant, 13 letters and one petition with 237 signatures in opposition were received. Numerous members of the community were present at the meeting and voiced their opposition. A motion was made by the Board and seconded to delay consideration of the Application until the next scheduled meeting of the Board.
OFFICE OF GEOLOGY
Ron Porter (MDEQ Office of Geology, Mining and Reclamation) presented the MDEQ Staff’s recommendations and Board approved the following:
Surface Mining Bond Releases
|Hammett Gravel Company, Inc.||Warren||P13-006ATA||Initial 10%|
|Joe McGee Construction Company, Inc.||DeSoto||P13-003||Initial 50%|
|Mississippi Gravel Sales, Inc.||Monroe||P08-001A||Final 30%|
Surface Mining Permit to Transfer
|D. W. Lamey Fill and Trucking, Inc., requests Permit PO4-006AA be transferred to DeSoto Services, LLC||Harrison||PO4-006AAT|
|L. D. Hancock Family, LLC., requests P94-136T be transferred to James A. Hodges Construction, Inc.||Lee||P94-136T1|
Mr. Roy Furrh, MDEQ Legal Counsel reported that the 2016 Solid Waste Status Report is now available and asked the Board members to review it.
The next Permit Board meeting will be held on May 8, 2018, at 9 a.m.
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