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DER APPROVES PHASE I APPLICATION FOR USPCI OF PENNSYLVANIA

 DER APPROVES PHASE I APPLICATION FOR USPCI OF PENNSYLVANIA
 HARRISBURG, Pa., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Resources (DER) today approved U.S. Pollution Control Inc. (USPCI) of Pennsylvania's Phase I siting application for a hazardous waste incinerator in Gregg Township, Union County.
 "After a detailed five-month review of the application, we have determined that the site is suitable and the proposed area does not contain any sensitive areas such as wetlands or high quality watersheds," said DER Hazardous Waste Siting Team Leader Karl Sheaffer. "I note, however, that this approval only allows the company to move forward with the submission of a detailed Phase II application. It does not allow construction of the facility."
 The Phase I application includes information necessary to determine the suitability of the proposed site.
 A Phase II application provides extensive technical details about the design, construction and operation of the facility, including risk assessment and specific economic, environmental, transportation and public safety impact data.
 The Phase II application also requires the company to obtain DER air quality, waste management, earth disturbance and waste water discharge permits.
 "The Phase II application process could take more than two years," Sheaffer said. "The company must collect a minimum of 12 months of meteorological data from the site before it is even allowed to submit a Phase II application, and DER has 90 days to conduct a completeness review and 10 months to conduct a technical review."
 If USPCI submits a Phase II application, a public meeting and hearing will be scheduled to obtain public comment on the application.
 Sheaffer said a review of USPCI's history of compliance with state and federal environmental laws that began with the Phase I application will continue.
 "DER continually receives and reviews information concerning the company's operations in Pennsylvania and other states," Sheaffer said. "We have inspected USPCI operations in Pennsylvania, Utah and Oklahoma and reviewed substantial volumes of compliance information about USPCI and its related companies."
 Sheaffer said the compliance history review is an ongoing process and that an application will be immediately denied if at any time DER finds the company has an unacceptable compliance history.
 A Phase I application submitted by USPCI in early 1991 was returned as incomplete by DER. A revised application submitted in June 1991 was denied when prime farmlands were found on portions of the site. The company refiled the current Phase I application in October 1991, deleting any areas that contained prime farmland.
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 /CONTACT: Pam Disalvo, 717-787-1323, or Dan Spadoni, 717-327-3659, both of DER/ CO: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources;
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