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Announcement of EPA Public Meeting Concerning Powertech's Draft Mining Permit Print

Email Announcement from Valois Shea, US EPA Region 8

Subject: Announcing a 2nd public notice, public comment period, & public hearing for the Powertech Centennial Class V draft permit for proposed reinjection of groundwater from an aquifer pump test.
Date Sent: November 23, 2009

Hello everyone,

Because you either attended the first public hearing or provided comments on the subject permitting actions, I am sending you this email to let you know EPA Region 8 is reissuing the draft permit a second time. The reason for doing this is to correct the use of multiple permit numbers in the first draft permit, as explained in the attached public notice. The attached public notice was published in the Greeley Tribune on Friday, November 20. The public hearing will be held in at the Nunn Community Center on Monday, December 21 at 6:30 pm. The community center is located at 185 Lincoln Ave in Nunn. Please note that the Draft Permit and the Statement of Basis are the same as the documents you saw before, except for corrections of minor typographical errors and the corrected permit number. The many, very good comments we received during the first public comment period and public hearing are NOT addressed in this 2nd version of the draft permit. The response to these comments will be sent at the same time the final permit decision is sent out.

The administrative record for this 2nd draft permit includes the same documents as before: the permit application, the draft permit, the statement of basis, and a report with geologic information. It also includes additional information that EPA requested from Powertech to help address the comments received. This additional information includes mechanical integrity test information on the proposed injection well, a more site-specific geologic cross section, and the pumping test plan. Also included is the document Powertech prepared for the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety in response to their comments on the pumping test plan. This information is available for review at the two local libraries mentioned in the attached public notice. It is also available for review at the EPA Region 8 library in Denver. The information will also be posted on the EPA Region 8 underground injection control program website by the end of today, I hope. I will send you all a link to that website once the information is posted.

If you have any questions, or would like me to email you the documents, please send me an email back. Thanks for your continued interest in this permitting action, (See attached file: EPA Public Notice Powertech UIC Permit.pdf).

Valois Shea

US EPA Region 8
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202-1129
phone: 303-312-6276
fax: 303-312-6741

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