Information Services - October 2008 Press Releases

 

Underground Pipeline Task Force to Meet October 23
Draft Air Permit for Hyperion Energy Center Will Go To Hearing
DENR Extends Deadline to Comment on Draft Air Permit for Hyperion Energy Center

DENR Provides Internet Access to Powertech Permit Files

 


 

Underground Pipeline Task Force to Meet October 23

 

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
For More Information: Kim Smith, (605) 773-3152

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Underground Pipeline Task Force will meet at 9 a.m. CDT on Thursday, October 23, at the Matthew Environmental Education and Training Center in the Joe Foss Building, 523 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre.

 

The agenda includes informational presentations related to the state’s Regulated Substance Response Fund, mineral severance tax, pipeline incident cost data, and petroleum spills in South Dakota. 

 

The seven-person South Dakota Underground Pipeline Task Force was authorized by the 2008 Legislature.  It 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 those pipelines.  Underground pipelines being reviewed by the task force include those used for the transmission and distribution of crude oil, water, natural gas, ethanol, and refined petroleum products.

 

This will be the third meeting of the task force, which will report its findings to Gov. Mike Rounds by Dec. 1.

 

A complete agenda and more information about the task force can be found on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources website .

 

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Draft Air Permit for Hyperion Energy Center Will Go To Hearing

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 10, 2008
For More Information: Kim Smith, (605) 773-3152

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced today a contested case hearing regarding the draft Prevention of Significant Deterioration preconstruction air quality permit for the proposed Hyperion Energy Center in Union County will be held.  The reason is that Hyperion itself petitioned on October 6 for a contested case hearing before the Board of Minerals and Environment.

 

The petition states, “Hyperion requests a contested case hearing because doing so is in the public interest and would advance the purposes of the administrative proceedings for this matter.  A contested case hearing provides a forum where the Board can resolve any legitimate questions that may be raised about the permit by interested parties under the applicable rules.”

 

Under state rules, individuals or entities may comment on the draft permit or may contest the draft permit during the 30-day public notice period, which in this case has been extended to 61 days.  A second opportunity to contest the permit occurs after DENR responds in writing to each individual or entity that provided comments and is informed of DENR’s final permit decision.  The individual or entity has 30-days from receiving the final permit decision to decide if they want to become a party by formally contesting the permit.  Once a permit is contested (during either the draft permit comment time period or during the final permit decision notice time period), the process of scheduling a contested case hearing before the board begins.  If a draft permit is not contested, state law allows DENR to issue a final permit without a contested case hearing.

 

The draft Prevention of Significant Deterioration preconstruction air quality permit for the proposed Hyperion Energy Center was initially public noticed on September 11, and on October 2, DENR extended the comment period.  DENR will continue to take all comments received by close of business on November 14 into consideration and issue a final agency permit decision within 30 days of the end of the public comment period.  DENR will notify the applicant and each person who submitted written comments or requested notice of DENR’s final permit decision.

 

Note: A copy of Hyperion’s petition for contested case hearing can be found on DENR’s website.

 

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DENR Extends Deadline to Comment on Draft Air Permit for Hyperion Energy Center

 

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 2, 2008
For More Information: Kim Smith, (605) 773-3152

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced it is extending the public comment period on the draft Prevention of Significant Deterioration preconstruction air quality permit for the proposed Hyperion Energy Center in Union County.  The department is extending the 30-day comment period by another 31 days.  Under the extension, DENR must receive comments by close of business on November 14, 2008.

 

“While the public comment period for the draft air quality permit is still open, we have already received several letters and emails requesting the deadline for comments be extended,” said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner.  “Therefore, DENR is acting now to grant those requests and extend the comment period by another 31 days.” 

 

The proposed Hyperion Energy Center will include a 400,000 barrel per day refinery and an integrated gasification combined cycle power plant.  The purpose of a Prevention of Significant Deterioration 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.

 

DENR has made a copy of the complete Hyperion air quality permit file available on its website.  For those without Internet access, the permit file is available for viewing at DENR’s offices in Pierre or in the Akeley-Lawrence Science Center, University of South Dakota, 414 East Clark, Vermillion, SD.  Copies of DENR’s draft permit can also be obtained by writing to DENR’s Pierre office at 523 East Capitol, Joe Foss Building, Pierre, SD 57501, or calling Kyrik Rombough, DENR Natural Resources Engineering Director, at 605.773.3151.

 

DENR will consider and address all comments timely submitted and issue a final permit decision within 30 days of the end of the public comment period.  DENR will notify the applicant and each person who submitted written comments or requested notice of DENR’s final permit decision, including notification of any changes to the permit based on the comments.

 

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DENR Provides Internet Access to Powertech Permit Files

 

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 1, 2008
For More Information: Kim Smith, (605) 773-3152

 

PIERRE – The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced today that it is making environmental permitting files related to Powertech (USA) Incorporated’s uranium exploration and proposed uranium in situ leach mining projects near Edgemont available to the public both electronically and in hard copy.

 

DENR and the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications have developed a website that features links to Powertech’s recently submitted uranium exploration permit application and a “Request for Determination of Special, Exceptional, Critical, or Unique Lands” application, which is the first step in the state mine permitting process.  The department plans to post future permit applications submitted by Powertech, correspondence files, and provide updates regarding the status of DENR reviews of the applications.

 

The website can be reached from DENR’s home page by clicking on “Powertech (USA), Inc. – Environmental Permits” under the “New” heading.

 

For those who may not have Internet access, Powertech makes hard copies of exploration and mine permit applications available for public review at the Custer County Register of Deeds office in Custer, South Dakota, and the Fall River County Register of Deeds office in Hot Springs, South Dakota.  Hard copies of the applications may also be obtained by contacting the Minerals and Mining Program, 523 East Capitol, Pierre, South Dakota 57501 or by calling DENR at (605) 773-4201.

 

Powertech (USA), Inc. is a uranium company that has started submitting permit applications to develop a uranium in situ leach mine in Custer and Fall River counties near Edgemont in southwestern South Dakota.

 

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