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U.S. EPA PROPOSES TO DENY PERMIT FOR NATIONAL CEMENT WASTE

 San Francisco, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today proposed to deny a permit application by National Cement Company of California Inc. to continue to burn hazardous waste in its cement kiln in Kern County, near Lebec, Calif., because the permit application submitted by the facility lacks the landowner's signature.
 "Federal regulations are very clear: We cannot issue a hazardous waste permit without the landowner's signature on the application," said Jeff Zelikson, director of hazardous waste management for U.S. EPA's western region.
 National Cement burns liquid hazardous wastes such as spent solvents to help fuel its cement kiln. It is the only commercial hazardous waste combustion facility currently operating in U.S. EPA's western region, which includes California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.
 National Cement leases the land for its facility from the Tejon Ranch Co. U.S. EPA notified National Cement in August 1992 that the permit application was deficient due to the lack of a landowner signature. Since then, National Cement has neither purchased the land nor secured the Tejon Ranch Co.'s approval of its application.
 Federal rules allow existing facilities to continue operating while their permit application is under consideration. Therefore, National Cement may continue current operations while U.S. EPA reviews comments from the public. If the agency denies the permit, National Cement must stop incinerating hazardous waste, unless an appeal to U.S. EPA's final decision is filed. If, during the public comment period, the landowner's signature is provided, U.S. EPA would withdraw this proposed permit denial.
 A public hearing on the proposed denial will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18, 1993, 7 p.m. at the Challenger Memorial Center, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, on Division St. Near Ave. I, Lancaster, Calif. Written comments should be sent to U.S. EPA by Dec. 6, 1993, at the following address:
 Vern Christianson, H-3-3
 Hazardous Waste Management Division
 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 75 Hawthorne St.
 San Francisco, CA 94105
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 /CONTACT: Dave Schmidt of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1578/


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