Information Services - December 2008 Press Releases

 

DENR Offers Free Workshops for Completing EPA Chemical Inventory Reports
DENR Completes Review of Public Comments on Draft Air Permit for Hyperion Energy Center
Underground Pipeline Task Force Findings Submitted to Gov. Rounds

 


 

DENR Offers Free Workshops for Completing EPA Chemical Inventory Reports

 

For Immediate Release:  Monday, December 29, 2008
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Trish Kindt, (800) 433-2288

 

PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota State Emergency Response Commission will sponsor two free workshops to assist businesses with completing annual Tier II chemical inventory report forms.  These forms are required by Title III of the federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986.  The workshops will be held at 9 a.m. CST on January 12 and 2 p.m. CST on January 16 over the Digital Dakota Network.

 

The agenda and topics covered at the two workshops will be identical, so attendance at only one of the workshops is necessary.  Workshop topics include spill/release reporting requirements, chemical storage reporting requirements, and detailed instructions for completing and submitting Tier II reports.

 

The workshops are intended for businesses that store or use bulk chemicals and businesses that are required under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations to maintain material safety data sheets (MSDSs) for chemicals stored or used in the work place.

 

The annual inventory report forms must be submitted to the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) by March 1, 2009.

 

For more information about the workshops or completing the Tier II forms, please contact Trish Kindt with DENR by e-mail at Trish.Kindt@state.sd.us, by calling 1-800-433-2288, or by visiting the SARA Title III webpage .

 

The workshops will be broadcast over Digital Dakota Network sites in Aberdeen, Brookings, Madison, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish, Vermillion, and Watertown.  Addresses for these sites are listed on the above web site.  It is not necessary to pre-register.

 

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DENR Completes Review of Public Comments on Draft Air Permit for Hyperion Energy Center

 

For IMMEDIATE Release: Friday, December 19, 2008
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Kim Smith or Brian Gustafson at (605) 773-3151

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has completed its review and response to nearly 3,000 people and organizations who submitted comments on a draft Prevention of Significant Deterioration preconstruction air quality permit for the proposed Hyperion Energy Center in Union County has been completed.  Where appropriate, DENR incorporated suggested changes into the draft air quality permit.

 

“The department would like to thank all of those who took the time to provide comments during the public notice period for this permit,” said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner.  “The large number of comments provided has helped DENR ensure our review of this application for an air quality permit is accurate and complete.”

 

To provide people an opportunity to read through DENR’s review of the comments, it has released a 100 plus page document that summarizes the comments and DENR’s response.  A copy of the document, the revised air quality permit, state rules for contesting the permit, and a copy of the Board of Minerals and Environment notice of contested case hearing has been mailed to all those who opposed the permit.  All those who supported the permit will receive a letter from DENR thanking them for commenting, and that they can receive a copy of all these materials by calling DENR at 605-773-3151 or view them on DENR’s website.  A third option is to stop in at one of the following two DENR addresses during normal business hours to go through a hard copy of the documents:

 

1.      DENR’s Geological Survey Program
         Akeley-Lawrence Science Center, University of South Dakota
         414 East Clark
         Vermillion, SD 57069-2390

 

2.      Department of Environment and Natural Resources
         Division of Environmental Services
         523 East Capitol, Joe Foss Building
         Pierre, SD 57501

 

All those commenting on the draft permit now have 30 days from receipt of DENR’s letter to decide if they want to file petitions to become a party to the formal contested case hearing that will be heard before the Board of Minerals and Environment.  For those who do not wish to petition to become a party to the formal contested case hearing, the board is planning to hold a public meeting in the local area prior to the contested case hearing where people can attend to provide verbal comments to the board without filing any petitions.

 

The proposed Hyperion Energy Center will include a 400,000 barrel per day refinery and an integrated gasification combined cycle power plant.  An extended public comment period for the DENR draft Prevention of Significant Deterioration pre-construction air quality permit concluded in mid-November.  Due to the complex nature of the air quality permit and at the request of several individuals, groups, or other interested parties, DENR extended the initial 30-day comment period by 31 days to allow the public more time to review information in the draft permit.

 

The purpose of a Prevention of Significant Deterioration Air Quality pre-construction air quality permit is to ensure that emissions from the proposed facility will not degrade the air quality beyond increments allowed by state and federal air quality regulations.  The permit also ensures the air quality will continue to fully comply with all National Ambient Air Quality Standards that have been established to protect public health and the environment.

 

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Underground Pipeline Task Force Findings Submitted to Gov. Rounds

 

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 2, 2008
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Kim Smith, (605) 773-3152

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Underground Pipeline Task Force has submitted a 224-page final report to Gov. Mike Rounds that includes the task force’s findings and seven recommendations regarding underground pipelines within South Dakota’s borders.  The task force, authorized by the 2008 Legislature, was created to review the status of existing and proposed pipelines in South Dakota and assess the adequacy of state laws and regulations relating to pipelines.  The law also required the task force to submit its findings to Gov. Rounds by Dec. 1.

 

The task force met four times between August 14 and November 13.  Task force members determined there are existing water pipelines, natural gas pipelines, crude oil pipelines and refined petroleum product lines in operation in South Dakota, but there are no existing ethanol pipelines in the state.  There are also several new underground pipeline projects being proposed for construction in South Dakota, to include several water pipeline projects, a methane gas pipeline project, and two proposed crude oil pipeline projects.

 

The task force determined that existing South Dakota law and rules that apply to pipelines, coupled with the federal Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Oil Pollution Liability Trust Fund, are adequate.  To continue the safe and reliable operation of pipelines in South Dakota and to ensure the state is prepared for future pipeline development, the task force made the following recommendations:

 

1.  The Task Force recommends South Dakota One Call explore the development of a high profile database identifying high profile underground facilities.

 

2.  The Task Force recommends South Dakota One Call require mandatory damage reporting.  The Task Force further recommends South Dakota One Call work with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission – Pipeline Safety Program to develop and implement this program.

 

3.  The Task Force recommends municipalities and counties adopt and/or create wellhead protection areas for their public water supply systems.

 

4.  The Task Force recommends the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission examine acquiring the liquids program for intrastate pipelines from the Federal Department of Transportation.

 

5.  The Task Force recommends the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources explore its ability to assist Dr. Delvin DeBoer, a professor at South Dakota State University, with his research on the impact of petroleum products on plastic waterlines.

 

6.  The Task Force recommends the South Dakota Department of Revenue and Regulation, Division of Insurance review the availability of pollution insurance for public and private entities in South Dakota especially for water and waste water systems.

 

7.  The Task Force recommends the state Regulated Substance Response Fund be maintained and preserved as authorized in SDCL 34A-12 to ensure the state always has the capacity to provide for the cleanup of regulated substances during emergencies or when necessary to protect the public health, safety, welfare, or the environment.

 

A copy of this report and additional task force information is available on DENR’s website or by contacting Brian Walsh with the South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources at (605) 773-3296.

 

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