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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Poultry Litter Advisory Group - Follow-ups Part 2

Continuing on the thread of the scope of work that was recently circulated by the poultry litter working group, I’ve come across the transmittal message that Rick Weeks of DEQ sent out, although I haven’t seen the scope of work itself. So that is the basis of this post #2 in the thread – here are excerpts from Mr. Weeks’ message.

“…In reviewing the draft please note that the elements of Task VI (formerly Task V) are being deferred in order to avoid duplicating costly work that would be re-done, if DEQ receives a permit application. The new language for this initial effort focuses on the proposed project’s impact on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The analysis of a project’s impact on Shenandoah National Park resources is a required element of the air permit review, should any proposed project reach that stage.

“In addition, the evaluation of human health is integral to the air permitting process. National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) are established for specific pollutants to protect human health. An air quality analysis would be performed on the projected emissions from a large plant to insure that the emissions are below those standards. In addition, a large plant would have to comply with Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standards that are established to protect human health from hazardous air pollutants.”

Mr. Weeks asked that comments be returned by April 25 – so this is old news for some readers. I understand that in addition to the National Park Service response I posted yesterday, there are responses from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Shenandoah Valley Network – I will see if I can obtain a copy of their comments, and I will work on getting a copy of the scope itself that I can summarize here.

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