[StBernard] LDEQ Hazardous Waste Public Hearing Thursday September 23, 2010 6pm
Westley at da-parish.com
Wed Aug 18 17:47:17 EDT 2010
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (LDEQ)
MURPHY OIL USA, INC. / MERAUX REFINERY
& EXTENSION OF THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
ON THE RECEIPT OF THE HAZARDOUS WASTE POST-CLOSURE PLAN
SUBMITTED FOR THE FORMER LAND TREATMENT UNIT (LTU)
The LDEQ, Office of Environmental Services, will conduct a public hearing to
receive comments on the hazardous waste post-closure plan for Murphy Oil
USA, Inc. (MOUSA), P.O. Box 100, Meraux, LA 70075-0100 for the former LTU.
The facility is located at 2500 E. St. Bernard Hwy., Meraux, St. Bernard
The comment period has been extended from 12:30 p.m. Thursday, August 26,
2010 to 12:30 p.m. Monday, September 27, 2010.
The hearing will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2010, beginning at 6:00
p.m., at the St. Bernard Parish Council Chambers, 8201 West Judge Perez
Drive, Chalmette, LA 70043. During the hearing, all interested persons will
have an opportunity to present oral statements, views, recommendations,
opinions and information on the proposed permit. Additionally, written
statements and other documents such as charts, data, and tabulations may be
filed with the hearing officer at the hearing.
MOUSA submitted a post-closure plan to LDEQ under LAC 33:V.4391 for the
former LTU. MOUSA ceased the placement of hazardous waste into the LTU in
1989, but continued operations in order to continue to treat the waste.
MOUSA submitted an updated closure plan on October 26, 1993, for the former
LTU. However, the closure plan was never finalized though MOUSA and LDEQ had
engaged in a series of discussions over the years concerning the closure
plan. After this date, MOUSA maintained the former LTU in accordance with
the interim status post-closure requirements of LAC 33:V.4391 and 4489.
To formally complete the closure of the former LTU, MOUSA submitted a
revised closure plan on May 29, 2007, which was approved on May 28, 2009.
The closure plan also described the post-closure activities conducted at the
former LTU after 1993. The former LTU was certified closed on April 26,
2010. There have been no significant detections in either groundwater or
soil core monitoring and the LTU is currently in detection monitoring. All
current data suggests that there are no constituents in concentrations that
would pose a threat to human health and environment. The submitted
post-closure plan addresses the post-closure care activities at the former
LTU over the last 17 years and formalizes the entry of the former LTU into
its post-closure care period. LDEQ is noticing the proposed post-closure
plan to solicit comments.
The public hearing will be conducted in accordance with La. R.S. 30:2017,
which addresses the authority of the hearing officer, provides for the order
in which speakers will be allowed to speak and the length of time allocated
to each speaker.
A hearing officer will preside over the public hearing. This will be a
formal hearing for the purpose of gathering facts and information. It will
not include a "question and answer" component. In accordance with La. R.S.
30:2016, the hearing will be transcribed and become a part of the official
Written comments or written requests for notification of the final decision
regarding this post-closure plan may also be submitted to Ms. Soumaya Ghosn
at LDEQ, Public Participation Group, P.O. Box 4313, Baton Rouge, LA
70821-4313. soumaya.ghosn at la.gov, Written comments and/or written requests
for notification must be received by 12:30 p.m., Monday, September 27, 2010.
All comments heard and transcribed during the hearing and all written
comments received will be considered prior to a final decision. All
correspondence should specify AI Number 1238 and Activity Number
A written response to all public comments will be prepared at the time of
the final permit decision. LDEQ will send notification of the final permit
decision to the applicant and to each person who has submitted written
comments or a written request for notification of the final decision.
The proposed post-closure plan and associated information are available for
review at the LDEQ, Public Records Center, Room 127, 602 North 5th Street,
Baton Rouge, LA. Viewing hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday (except holidays). The available information can also be
accessed electronically on the Electronic Document Management System (EDMS)
on the DEQ public website at http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/
An additional copy may be reviewed at the St. Bernard Parish Library,
Headquarters, 7701 W. Judge Perez Drive, Arabi 70032 (Chalmette), LA.
Previous notices have been published in the Advocate and the St. Bernard
Voive on Friday, July 23, 2010.
Individuals with a disability, who need an accommodation in order to
participate in the public hearing, should contact Ms. Laura Ambeau at the
above address or by phone at (225) 219-3277.
Inquiries or requests for additional information regarding the approval of
the post-closure plan should be directed to Will F. Steele,
will.steele at la.gov , LDEQ, Waste Permits Division, P.O. Box 4313, Baton
Rouge, LA 70821-4313, phone (225) 219-3050.
Persons wishing to be included on the LDEQ permit public notice mailing list
or for other public participation related questions should contact the
Public Participation Group in writing at LDEQ, P.O. Box 4313, Baton Rouge,
LA 70821-4313, by email at deqmaillistrequest at la.gov or contact the LDEQ
Customer Service Center at (225) 219-LDEQ (219-5337).
Permit public notices including electronic access to the hazardous waste
post-closure plan and associated information can be viewed at the LDEQ
permits public notice webpage at
and general information related to the public participation in permitting
activities can be viewed at HYPERLINK
Alternatively, individuals may elect to receive the permit public notices
via email by subscribing to the LDEQ permits public notice List Server at
All correspondence should specify AI Number 1238 and Activity Number
Scheduled Publication Date: August 20, 2010
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