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DER REJECTS CLARION COUNTY HAZARDOUS WASTE APPLICATION

 DER REJECTS CLARION COUNTY HAZARDOUS WASTE APPLICATION
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Resources (DER) today rejected for the third time a Phase I application filed by Concord Resources Group Inc. of Pittsburgh, which has proposed a hazardous waste treatment, incineration and disposal facility in Mill Creek Township, Clarion County.
 DER rejected two previous Phase I applications from the company on July 25, 1991, and Oct. 7, 1991.
 For the second time, DER discovered wetlands on the proposed site of the facility.
 "An on-site investigation by DER last week determined that wetland areas are present," said Karl Sheaffer, DER hazardous waste siting team leader. "Pennsylvania regulations strictly prohibit siting a commercial hazardous waste treatment facility in wetlands."
 The wetland areas were discovered during field investigations conducted on July 29, 30 and 31. It is the applicant's responsibility to identify fully all features within the boundaries of a proposed facility which have a bearing on the Phase I siting criteria.
 DER rejected Concord's first Phase I application after finding an active gas well within the proposed facility's boundaries.
 The company's second Phase I application was rejected after DER found wetlands on the proposed site.
 Concord may appeal DER's decision to the Environmental Hearing Board within 30 days of receiving written notice of the denial. The company also may file a new application after correcting the deficiencies.
 DER Secretary Arthur Davis commended department employees who conducted an exhaustive field investigation of the site, despite disruptive tactics by opponents of the project. Last week, several DER employees had to be escorted off the proposed site by state police in riot gear after protesters blocked their exit for more than two hours.
 "Our employees are professionals who once again conducted a thorough investigation under very difficult circumstances," Davis said.
 Davis also pointed out that disruptive tactics designed to prevent the department from carrying out its responsibilities will not be permitted. He said such tactics hurt DER's ability to conduct an accurate and timely review of any permit in the interest of all parties involved.
 "In a trip to Clarion County last year, I promised residents that no hazardous waste facility would be sited unless it clearly meets our stringent regulations to assure protection of the environment and the health and safety of the public," Davis said. "This application failed the exclusionary site criteria necessary to meet Phase I requirements and consequently was denied."
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