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August 2006

 

PCB landfill draft permit reviewed

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 is accepting written comments on a draft permit that would allow Georgia-Pacific’s Fort James Operating Co. to use a new PCB disposal area within an existing industrial waste landfill located on the west side of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

If approved, the landfill will be able to accept additional contaminated sediment dredged from the Lower Fox River.

A public comment period is scheduled to close September 12. A public meeting will be held August 23, at the Brown County Library, 515 Pine St. Comments may be provided in person at the meeting, via e-mail sent to r5tsca@epa.gov, or by using a form included in a fact sheet that is being sent to more than 3,000 area residents, officials and community leaders.

The fact sheet is available at www.epa.gov/region5/sites/foxriver.

Before deciding on whether to approve the landfill, EPA will consider all comments received. Most helpful are comments that provide new information or evaluate the technical merits of EPA’s draft permit. EPA could issue a permit, decide not to allow use of a newly constructed disposal area (cell), or add conditions to the permit to improve the cell’s performance or safety.

EPA is aware that some residents want the Agency to consider other options for the dredged sediment. EPA and Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) thoroughly evaluated other options prior to issuing the cleanup plan and determined landfilling was the best option. Therefore, EPA is not considering other disposal alternatives at this time. EPA can only consider those disposal sites for which it has received an application.


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