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DEP Announces March 14 Public Meeting, Hearing on Homer City Power Plant Pollution Control Proposal

DEP Announces March 14 Public Meeting, Hearing on Homer City Power Plant Pollution Control Proposal

PITTSBURGH -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting and hearing on Wednesday, March 14, to take testimony about EME Homer City Generation’s proposed plan to install two dry scrubber systems on Units 1 and 2 of the plant.

The 5 p.m. meeting and hearing will be at Homer-Center High School on Wildcat Lane in Homer City, Indiana County.

“This forum will provide a valuable opportunity for residents to ask questions about this project,” DEP Southwest Regional Director Susan Malone said. “The testimony we receive is studied closely and is an important part of our review process.”

The company is proposing to install environmental controls that are intended to reduce the plant’s sulfur dioxide emissions by 90 percent. The installation of scrubbers on Units 1 and 2 would complement a scrubber system that has been in operation on Unit 3 for about 10 years.

During the one-hour meeting, DEP Air Quality staff will explain the agency’s role in approving such plans, and company representatives will describe the proposal. A question-and-answer session will follow.

At 6 p.m., the public will have an opportunity to present up to five minutes of oral testimony. Written testimony of any length will also be accepted. The testimony will be recorded by a court reporter and transcribed into a written document. At the end of the 30-day public comment period, DEP will create a written response to all relevant testimony provided during the public hearing. The final plan approval, if issued, will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Those who wish to present oral testimony should contact DEP Community Relations Coordinator John Poister at 412-442-4203 or register that evening prior to the hearing.

For anyone unable to attend the public hearing, written comment should be submitted to Mark Gorog, PA DEP Bureau of Air Quality, Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. The public comment period will close on March 28.

Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact John Poister or make accommodations through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD).

For more information, call 412-442-4000 or visit www.dep.state.pa.us.

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