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Posted on: August 25, 2017

Public Notice – Environmental Permit Application Public Meeting

Public Notice – Environmental Permit Application Public Meeting


Purpose of notice:  To announce an informational public meeting regarding an application to modify an existing permit that allows the land application of biosolids and industrial residuals in Rockbridge County.

Public Meeting:  Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 6:00 pm –Rockbridge County Administration Building-Cooperative Extension Office 2nd Floor Meeting Room-150 S. Main Street, Lexington, Virginia  24450. 


PURPOSE OF PUBLIC MEETING:    For the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to exchange information with the interested public on technical issues related to the proposed permit modification such as: site-specific information that DEQ may consider when drafting the permit modification; the standard content of permits; and how the public can provide comment on a draft permit modification.


PERMIT Number and Name:  VPA01581 – Houff’s Feed & Fertilizer Co., Inc – Rockbridge issued by the DEQ under the authority of the State Water Control Board.


NAME AND ADDRESS OF APPLICANT: Houff’s Feed & Fertilizer Co., Inc, 97 Railside Drive, Weyers Cave, VA  24486.


Project description and LOCATION: Houff’s Feed & Fertilizer Co., Inc. has submitted an application for the modification of an existing permit that would authorize the land application of biosolids and industrial residuals as fertilizer to an additional 858.1 acres of agricultural land at 8 sites located in Rockbridge County at controlled rates protective of water quality and human health. For site-specific information about this application and additional information about the DEQ permitting program for biosolids and industrial residuals, visit the following website: www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/LandApplicationBeneficialReuse/PublicNotices/Houffs-Rockbridge.aspx


PRELIMINARY AND FINAL PERMIT DECISION PROCEDURES:  Following the public meeting described in this notice, DEQ may draft a permit modification based on information in the application and, if a permit modification is drafted, DEQ will publish notice of the draft permit for public comment.  That notice will include instructions on how to comment and/or request a public hearing on the draft permit. Based on comments received on the draft permit, DEQ may make a final decision on the permit, or hold a public hearing on the draft permit, in which case, the State Water Control Board would make the final decision on the permit.  The public may review the permit application at the website named above, at the public meeting, by appointment at the DEQ office named below or may request copies of the documents from the contact person listed below.


Contact for document requests and additional information: Stephanie Bowman, DEQ Blue Ridge Regional Office, 3019 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, VA 24019, Phone: 540-598-0453; E-mail: stephanie.bowman@deq.virginia.gov.   

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