Fourteen interested parties and members of the United States Environmental Protection Agency staff participated Tuesday in a hour-long online virtual hearing for Heritage Thermal Services’ East Liverpool incinerator in connection with its application for a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit. Specifically this permit will address air emission standards for equipment leaks, tanks and containers. The EPA had extended its comment period to Jan. 20 after receiving a request for the public hearings in October, according to Jae Lee, who is the project manager for EPA Region 5 Land, Chemicals and Redevelopment Division based in Chicago. A similar meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday via telephone by calling 312-667-5632 (conference code 1344648). Due to the pandemic and with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the decision was made to take the hearings remote. The state portion of the permit was granted in January 2019 and expires in January 2029. Lee said that he expects a decision regarding the federal portion of the permit to be made within a few months based on the number of questions and/or objections. (Photo by Stephanie Ujhelyi)


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