May 15 Hearing Focuses on Milford Landfill Permit
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality will conduct a public hearing in Milford on May 15, to provide the public the opportunity to testify or submit written comments regarding a permit renewal and modification proposal for a solid waste landfill operated by G & P Development, Inc. The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. May 15 at the Webermeier Memorial Public Library, 617 2nd Street in Milford.
After the hearing, the department will prepare a summary of issues raised at the hearing and during the public comment period and the department responses. The public may also submit written comments until the date of the hearing, which will also be considered by the department. The NDEQ Director will then make a final decision to issue or deny the permit renewal.
On March 27, NDEQ held an information session to discuss issues with the public and explain requirements in the proposed permit. Following this meeting, the agency received a written request from the public to conduct a formal hearing to accept public testimony.
Proposed Permit Modifications
NDEQ received a request for permit renewal and modification from G & P Development, Inc. to operate a municipal solid waste landfill at the site generally described as the N ½ SE ¼ Section 14 Township 9 North Range 3 East of the 6th Principal Meridian Seward County, Nebraska.
The major permit modification is for a proposed lateral expansion of the waste disposal area contiguous to the west boundary of the existing disposal area. The proposed lateral expansion will expand the permitted site boundary to the west by about 37 acres, bringing the total G & P Development property to 117 acres. A public notice is attached which provides more specific details of the proposed expansion.
Based on review of the application and the current compliance status, NDEQ proposes to renew and modify this solid waste management permit. If approved, the permit would be in effect from June 16, 2012 through June 15, 2017.
Public Comment Period
The public comment period is open through the hearing date. During this period, the public may submit written comment regarding the proposed permit by writing to David Haldeman, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, Suite 400, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, P. O. Box 98922, Lincoln, NE 68509-8922. After the public comment period and hearing, the Director will make a final decision, and the applicant and other interested persons will be notified of the decision.
Copies of the draft permit, legal notice and administrative record are available at the NDEQ Lincoln office, (address listed above) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays, and at the Webermeier Memorial Public Library in Milford.