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EPA to hold public meeting and hearings on Grand Traverse County disposal wells

Release Date: 04/14/2009
Contact Information: Phillippa Cannon, (312) 353-6218, cannon.phillippa@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 09-OPA060

CHICAGO (April 13, 2009) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 will hold a public meeting and public hearings on May 19 at Mill Creek Elementary School, 9039 Old M 72, Williamsburg, Mich., to answer questions and listen to comments about proposed permits for two disposal wells owned by O.I.L. Energy in Grand Traverse County, Mich. Representatives of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will also take part in the meeting and hearings. The comment period for both draft permits has been extended to June 3.

EPA has proposed issuing a permit for a Class I underground injection control disposal well to O.I.L Energy for an existing well (Hubbell B1-9 SWD) to allow it to accept nonhazardous liquid waste from a local cherry processing company. The well is located off Munro Road between Angell and Gay roads. EPA also proposes issuing a permit for a Class II disposal well (the Cherry Berry B1-25 SWD) to allow it to accept brine from oil production. Please note that this permit does not authorize the Cherry Berry well to accept waste from cherry processing. This well is located off U.S. Highway 31 between Kesner and Brackett roads.

The informational meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by consecutive public hearings to accept comments on the proposed permits.
The public hearing on the proposed Hubbell well Class I permit will be from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by the public hearing on the Cherry Berry Class II permit will be from 8 to 9 p.m.

Copies of the proposed permits are available on EPA's Web site: http://www.epa.gov/region5/water/uic/uicpub.htm#pubnotice. These documents are also available at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere, Traverse City, and at EPA's regional office in Chicago.

Send comments on the Hubbell well to Leslie Patterson by e-mail patterson.leslie@epa.gov, fax 312-692-2491, or mail to EPA Region 5, UIC Branch, Attn: Leslie Patterson, 77 W. Jackson Blvd. (WU-16J), Chicago, IL 60604.

Send comments on the Cherry Berry well to William Tong by e-mail tong.william@epa.gov, fax 312-697-2564, or mail to EPA Region 5, UIC Branch, Attn: William Tong, 77 W. Jackson Blvd. (WU-16J), Chicago, IL 60604.

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