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EPA and BIA extend comment period for proposed clean fuels refinery on Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation

Release Date: 08/22/2006
Contact Information: Monica Morales, 303-312-6936, morales.monica@epa.gov Bruce Kent, 303-312-6133, kent.bruce@epa.gov

Interested parties have until Sept. 14 to submit comments about proposed refinery


      (Denver, Colo. -- Aug. 22, 2006) EPA and BIA are extending the public review and comment period for the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation's Proposed Clean Fuels Refinery Project. Public comment on the draft EIS and the draft NPDES permit will be accepted through September 14.

      The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation -- also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes -- are proposing to build a new 15,000 barrels-per-day clean fuels refinery and grow hay for buffalo in the northeast corner of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in Ward County, near Makoti in North Dakota. The proposed refinery would be located on 190 acres of a 469-acre site the MHA Nation owns. The remaining 279 acres would be used to grow hay for buffalo on the Reservation.

      Written comments on the draft EIS may be submitted by mail or fax to:
      Diane Mann-Klager
      Great Plains Regional Office
      Bureau of Indian Affairs
      115 4th Avenue SE
      Aberdeen, SD 57401
      Fax number: 605-226-7358

      Written comments on the draft NPDES permit may be submitted by mail to:
      Bruce Kent
      U.S. EPA Region 8 (8P-W-WW)
      999 18th Street, Suite 200
      Denver, CO 80202-2466

      Both documents may be viewed at:
      http://www.epa.gov/region8/compliance/nepa
      http://www.MHANation.com

      Hard copies of the documents may be viewed at the following locations: Fort Berthold Agency, Three Affiliated Tribes Legal Department & Office of the Secretary, Twin Buttes Segment Office, White Shield Segment Office, Parshall Segment Office, Mandaree Segment Office, Four Bears Segment Office, North Segment Office, Rensch Garage, BIA Regional Office in Aberdeen and EPA Region 8 Library in Denver.