2006-09-27 / Front Page

EPD to hold Q & A meeting on Longleaf permits Oct. 17

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division will host its second Question-and-Answer Session in Blakely to provide information on the permitting process and answer questions specific to applications for permits submitted by LS Power for Longleaf Energy.

EPD will hold the meeting Tuesday, Oct. 17 from

30 8:30 p.m. at Early County High School Mangham Auditorium.

"The protection of Georgia's air quality is our ultimate concern," said Jim Ussery, assistant director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. "Our second question-andanswer is another opportunity for residents to give feedback. The Air, Land and Watershed Protection branches are currently taking formal comments on the Longleaf Energy permit application, and the branch will consider all air-quality related comments prior to deciding whether to issue the operating permit."

During the meeting, EPD and LS Power representatives will make brief presentations before taking questions and providing answers.

EPD will conduct a Public Hearing at this same location and time on Nov. 9. The hearing will be for the purpose of receiving formal comments regarding the environmental permit application.

Longleaf Energy is proposing to build a coal-fired electric generation facility. The company proposes to generate electricity via the use of two 600-megawatt coal-fired generating units to produce as much as 1,200 megawatts of electric power.

EPD has received permit applications for air emissions, solid waste handling, surface water withdrawal and wastewater treatment in order for the proposed facility both to be constructed and operated in Georgia. All air releases from the facility would be monitored in accordance with the federal Clean Air Act and Georgia Air Quality Control Act.

A draft National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) permit for planned discharge of wastewater from the power generating process has been prepared. EPD would require the company to operate an onsite wastewater treatment facility. The plant proposes to discharge an average treated wastewater flow of approximately 5.54 million gallons per day (MGD) to the Chattahoochee River.

A solid waste handling permit is required to properly handle and dispose of ash and other approved industrial solid wastes created from the energy production process.

The proposed plant also would require a surface water withdrawal permit. The plant is seeking to use approximately 27 million gallons per day (MGD), but not directly from the Chattahoochee River. The plant would divert existing Georgia-Pacific wastewater as its primary source of water. The water is proposed to be made up of approximately half process wastewater and the remainder waste cooling water.

For information on the permit applications review process, contact Jim Ussery, 404-656-4713. For information about the Q&A Session and public hearing, contact Thomas Smith, 404-362-2790.

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