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U.S. EPA, STATE PLAN MEETING, PUBLIC HEARING ON DOW INCINERATOR

U.S. EPA, STATE PLAN MEETING, PUBLIC HEARING ON DOW INCINERATOR
 SAN FRANCISCO, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) today invited interested members of the public to attend informational meetings and a public hearing on the proposed permit that would allow Dow Chemical Co. to build and operate a hazardous waste incinerator and storage facility at Dow's chemical plant in Pittsburg, Calif.
 U.S. EPA and California 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 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the same location.
 Also, anyone may submit written comments on the proposal until June 22, 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
 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 5 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.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Schmidt of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1578; or Jill Singleton of Cal-EPA, 510-540-3913/
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