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The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Permit Board (Board) convened its regular monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on February 9, 2016 at the offices of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in Jackson. Mr. David H. Snodgrass, RPG chaired the meeting. The Board approved minutes from the January regular meeting along with non-controversial actions/certifications by the staff since the January meeting.
Following a prepared agenda, items considered were as follows:
OFFICE OF GEOLOGY
In accordance with MDEQ staff recommendations, the Board approved the following surface mining bond releases and permit to transfer.
Surface Mining Bond Releases:
|Burns Dirt Construction, Inc.||Oktibbeha||P13-010||Final 50% release|
|Hammett Gravel Company, Inc.||Holmes||P97-027||Final 20% release|
|Hammett Gravel Company, Inc.||Holmes||P98-004||Final 20% release|
Surface Mining Permit to Transfer:
|Riverwind Construction, Inc., requests that P08-036 be transferred to Sikes Equipment Company, LLC||Rankin||P08-036||Approval of transfer|
OFFICE OF POLLUTION CONTROL
Liza Ouzts, MDEQ Senior Attorney, informed the Board that the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law have been completed subsequent to the evidentiary hearing that was held in September 2015 regarding the NPDES permit issued to the West Rankin Utility Authority (MS0061743). Following the hearing, the Board affirmed the issuance of the NPDES permit. Copies of the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law were submitted to West Rankin Utility Authority and the City of Jackson. Both parties made comments regarding elements of the hearing that were absent from the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law. Consequently, MDEQ staff developed a redline version that incorporated the requested elements.
Pursuant to the MDEQ staff recommendation, the Board voted to accept the redline version of the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law.
Mr. Roy Furrh, MDEQ General Council, reminded Board members to submit their statements of interest.
The next Permit Board meeting will be held on March 8, 2016 at 9 a.m.
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