Second Hearing On Roberta Landfill Phase II Permit Scheduled

Nashville, TN (2010-02-22) The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Solid Waste Management (DSWM), will conduct a second public hearing to receive comments on its tentative decision to issue a solid waste disposal facility permit to Roberta Landfill Phase II, Inc. in Oneida.  Despite inclement weather, about two-dozen people attended the first public hearing; however, subsequent written responses have apparently prompted the state to hold a second public forum.

The second public hearing will be held on Monday, March 8, 2010 in the Courtroom of Oneida City Hall. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST, citizens are invited to inspect and discuss the permit application, draft permit, fact sheet, plans, and other materials with the DSWM and with representatives of the applicant. There will be an opportunity for public comments to be recorded or written and submitted from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The formal hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m. The DSWM will explain its tentative decision to issue the permit, after which the applicant’s representative will described the proposed facility. DSWM will then receive oral comments on the draft permit from the public.

The proposed facility, which is located off Bear Creek Road approximately four miles north of Oneida, would be a new class I Landfill, for the disposal of domestic wastes, commercial wastes, institutional wastes, municipal solid wastes, bulky wastes, landscaping and land clearing wastes, industrial wastes, construction/demolition wastes, farming wastes, shredded automotive tires, dead animals, and special wastes.  No hazardous wastes, as regulated by the Tennessee Hazardous Waste Management Act and the Rules adopted pursuant to the Act, shall be accepted for disposal at this facility. The official responsible for operation of the facility is Johnny King.

Following an in-depth review of the application, DSWM has made a preliminary determination that this proposal meets the applicable requirements of Tennessee Rule Chapter 1200-1-7, Solid Waste Processing and Disposal. However, due to the volume of public comments received during the designated comment period, which ended on December 28, 2009, a public hearing will be held to further consider this decision. It is the present intent of DSWM, pending consideration of any contrary technical information received during the hearing, that this permit be issued. The public comment period has been extended, accordingly, to April 5, 2010.

The public is also invited to submit comments in writing to: Mr. Mike Apple, Division of Solid Waste Management, 5th Floor, L&C Tower, 401 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37243-1535; telephone: 615-532-0780. Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. CDT on Monday, April 5, 2010 to assure consideration. After considering all public comments, the DSWM Director will issue a final permit decision and a Response to Comments, which can be viewed at the Oneida Public Library or at the DSWM Field Office in Knoxville.

If you wish to review the data for this proposal or obtain further information prior to the hearing, please contact the DSWM at the TDEC Knoxville Field Office, 3711 Middlebrook Pike, in Knoxville or you may call (865) 594-6035. A copy of the data on this proposal may also be viewed at the Oneida Public Library, 290 South Main Street in Oneida.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, equal access, and affirmative action. Individuals with disabilities who wish to participate in these proceedings (or to review these filings) should contact the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to discuss any auxiliary aids or services needed to facilitate such participation. Such contact may be in person, by writing, telephone, or other means, and should be made no less than ten days prior to the scheduled meeting date, or date such party intends to review such filings, to allow time to provide such aid or service. Contact the ADA Coordinator at 1-866-253-5827 for further information. Hearing impaired callers may use the Tennessee Relay Service, 1-800-848-0298.

Persons who wish to be on the Division of Solid Waste Management’s mailing list should obtain a Mailing List Request form by calling or writing the Public Participation Officer, Division of Solid Waste Management, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, 5th Floor, L & C Tower, 401 Church Street, NashvilleTN37243-1535, by calling (615) 532-0798, or email: solid.waste@tn.gov.