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Release Date: 11/6/1996
Contact Information: Paula Bruin, U.S. EPA, (415) 744-1587

    (San Francisco)--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) will hold a public hearing on a proposed permit that would establish federally enforceable air pollution emission limits and control requirements for a thermal soil remediation facility operated by Diversified Contractors Inc. on the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation near Maricopa, Arizona.

     The hearing, at which U.S. EPA will listen to and record comments from members of the public, will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, 1996, at the Maricopa Unified School District cafeteria, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave., in Maricopa.  U.S. EPA staff will be on hand starting at 4:30 p.m. to provide information and answer questions about the proposed permit before the formal hearing.

     The facility, which has been operating since March 1994 on the Ak-Chin Reservation 7.5 miles southeast of Maricopa adjacent to the Casa Grande Highway, already possesses a portable equipment air pollution control permit from the state of Arizona.  However, because only federal permits have legal standing on tribal lands, Diversified Contractors has applied for a permit from U.S. EPA under Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) requirements affecting areas that currently meet federal health standards for air quality.

     The Diversified facility proposes to treat soil contaminated by gasoline, other petroleum products, and chlorine-containing compounds.  The proposed air permit for the facility includes air pollution control equipment operation requirements, soil contamination level limitations, emission and operational limitations, and performance test and recordkeeping and reporting requirements.

     Copies of the draft permit and U.S. EPA's report on ambient air quality impacts may be obtained at the Ak-Chin Tribal Office, 42507 West Peters and Nall Road, Maricopa, Ariz., 85239, telephone (520) 568-2227.  Copies can also be obtained by calling Jennifer Fox at U.S. EPA at (415) 744-1257 or writing to Jennifer Fox (A-5-1), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 75 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105-3901.

     All comments on the draft permit must be received by Nov. 26.  They may be presented in person at the public hearing or delivered in writing to the above address.

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