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U.S. EPA, STATE OF CALIFORNIA PROPOSE PERMIT FOR DOW INCINERATOR

U.S. EPA, STATE OF CALIFORNIA PROPOSE PERMIT FOR DOW INCINERATOR
 SAN FRANCISCO, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) today issued public notice of intent to grant permits to Dow Chemical Co. to build and operate a hazardous waste incinerator and storage facility at Dow's chemical plant in Pittsburg, Calif.
 "This permit, by allowing on-site treatment of hazardous wastes, will eliminate the risks associated with transporting these wastes across the continent by truck or rail," said Jeff Zelikson, U.S. EPA's regional director of hazardous waste management.
 "It appears from reviewing the draft permit that Dow has the technology to operate a safe incinerator under governmental oversight," said DTSC Director William F. Soo Hoo.
 The incinerator would burn only hazardous waste generated by Dow as a byproduct of its chemical manufacturing operations. Ninety-five percent of the wastes incinerated would be generated on-site, and five percent would be shipped from other Dow facilities in California. Currently, most of these wastes are shipped to Dow's incinerator in Louisiana.
 The proposed permits specify strict safety and performance standards which the incinerator must meet in order to operate. Dow must conduct a trial burn in which at least 99.99 percent of the organic hazardous waste is destroyed. The incinerator must be operated under specified conditions that ensure this efficiency standard will be met continuously. The incinerator will shut down automatically if environmental monitoring equipment indicates it isn't working properly.
 Permit conditions will be enforced through inspections of the facility and its records. Both U.S. EPA and DTSC may conduct unannounced inspections. Each violation is punishable by a penalty of up to $25,000 per day.
 U.S. EPA and DTSC representatives will be available to discuss the proposed permit and answer questions during informational meetings to be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, at Los Medanos College Theater, 2700 East Leland Rd., Pittsburg, Calif. In addition, the agencies will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 9, 1992 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the same location. Also, any party may submit written comments on the proposal from now until June 20, 1992. All written comments will be reviewed by both agencies. The agencies will respond to all substantive comments received, and then make decisions on whether to grant the permits.
 Written comments should be submitted to the following address:
 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 75 Hawthorne St.
 San Francisco, CA 94105
 Attn: Vern Christianson, U.S. EPA (H-3-2),
 Hazardous Waste Management Division
 or
 California Environmental Protection Agency
 Department of Toxic Substances Control
 700 Heinz Ave.
 Berkeley, CA 94710
 Attn.: Andrew Berna-Hicks
 -0- 5/4/92
 /CONTACT: Dave Schmidt of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1578; or Jill Singleton of Cal-EPA, 510-540-3913/ CO: U.S. EPA; Cal-EPA ST: California IN: CHM SU:


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