ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT (ADEM)
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR
PROPOSED AIR PERMITS
AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS
Notice is hereby given that ADEM will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 6:00 p.m., at the Downtown Civic Center located at 623 Broad St, Gadsden, AL 35901, for the proposed issuance of the following permits to Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation for the Gadsden Plant to be located at 3900 Steele Station Road, Gadsden, Alabama 35906:
The proposed issuance of Air Permits (Permit Numbers 307-0051-X001 and 307-0051-X002) for the construction of three (3) gas fired boilers, an air washer, a regenerative thermal oxidizer, three packed-bed scrubbers, and one diesel above-ground storage tank and ancillary equipment, which was previously noticed on November 2, 2020, at http://adem.alabama.gov/newsEvents/notices/nov20/11pilgrim.html.
Pursuant to applicable regulations, the Department issued public notice of a 15-day public comment period for the actions listed above on the Department’s website during which any interested person could submit written comments on the permit applications or draft permits. The Department received sufficient requests to warrant a public hearing. Therefore, the Department is announcing a public hearing, and is extending the public comment period until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 for this notice.
Copies of the complete application files are available as indicated in the public notice listed above and at the following location Monday-Friday, except legal holidays, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A nominal fee for copying and/or mailing may be charged. Arrangements for copying should be made in advance.
Russell A. Kelly, Chief
Permits and Services Division
1400 Coliseum Blvd.
[Mailing address: P. O. Box 301463-1463]
Montgomery, AL 36110-2400
The purpose of the public hearing will be for interested parties to make oral and written comments for the public hearing record. Those wishing to make oral comments at the public hearing are also encouraged to submit those comments in writing. Comments must address the conditions of the proposed permit(s); the Department’s adherence to the applicable environmental laws, rules, and regulations in development of the proposed permit(s); or issues that have an impact on the applicant’s ability to meet applicable environmental laws, rules, and regulations. In order to affect the final permit decisions, comments must offer technically substantial information that is applicable to the proposed permit(s).
Special Public Hearing Procedures Due to COVID-19 Pandemic:
Any person wishing to participate in this hearing who needs special accommodations should contact the ADEM Permits and Services Division at (334) 271-7714 at least five working days prior to the hearing.
Attendance at the public hearing is not necessary in order to have comments included in the public hearing record. Written comments received prior to the close of the public comment period will also be considered and entered into the public hearing record and will be given the same consideration as those provided at the hearing. Written comments should be submitted to the mailing or email address(es) listed below, as appropriate. Commenters should identify the appropriate permit number(s) on the first page of their comments. If the comments apply to more than one permit, please try to make it clear to which permit each comment applies. At the conclusion of the public hearing, the public may leave oral comments via voicemail by calling 1-833-396-1706. The oral comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 and will become part of the hearing record.
Ronald W. Gore, Chief
1400 Coliseum Blvd.
[Mailing address: PO Box 301463; Zip 36130-1463]
Montgomery, AL 36110-2400
After consideration of all oral and written comments and consideration of the requirements of the Alabama Air Pollution Control Act, the federal Clean Air Act, and all other applicable regulations, the Department will make a final determination on the proposed permits. The Department will develop a response to comments for each permit, which will be posted to the Department’s website at http://app.adem.alabama.gov/eFile/. To find the response to comments and final permit determination, you may search by the permit or facility number listed in this notice.
The Department maintains a list of interested individuals who are emailed legal notices regarding proposed permits. If you wish to receive such notices, please sign up at http://adem.alabama.gov/default.cnt by entering your email address on the left side of the page and clicking the submit button.
This notice is hereby given on this 22nd day of December, 2020 by authorization of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.
Lance R. LeFleur
Nondiscrimination Statement: The Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in the administration of its programs.