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Re: E-M:/ EPA Proposes RCRA Exemption on Romulus Well



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Enviro-Mich message from Julie Griess <jgriess@provide.net>
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I just got my notice of this in the mail today. Apparently they send out
what is called a 'plain language' version. It contains statements such as:

"Rock that contains lots of tiny holes holding liquids is called porous
rock."

"Geologists, who are scientists who study the earth ..."

And a large headline:
"Why you won't see these wastes ever again"
(Is this plain language, or biased language? How dumb do they think the
public is?)

Apparently there is an informational hearing followed by a public hearing on
January 8. The comment period goes thru January 22.

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From: "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2002 11:15 AM
Subject: E-M:/ EPA Proposes RCRA Exemption on Romulus Well


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> EPA Proposes an Exemption from the "land ban" under
> the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act so that the
> Environmental Disposal deep wells in Romulus can take
> untreated hazardous waste....Comments due in January....
>
> Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 11:01:59 -0500
> Subject: [r5news] EPA Proposes to Grant EDS an Exemption from Land
Disposal
> Restrictions
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>                  U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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> CONTACT:
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> For Immediate Release
> No. 02-OPA163
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> EPA Proposes to Grant EDS an Exemption from Land Disposal Restrictions
>
> CHICAGO (Nov. 20, 2002) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
> has proposed exempting Environmental Disposal Systems of Birmingham,
> Mich., from federal restrictions on land disposal of hazardous waste for
> two commercial Class I injection wells in Romulus, Mich.  If the exemption
> is granted, EDS may use the wells to dispose of regulated liquid hazardous
> waste.   EPA will accept public comments on this proposal until January
> 17, 2003, and will hold both a public meeting and hearing in early
> January.
>
> After reviewing EDS' petition for an exemption, EPA officials have
> concluded that it meets the requirements of the regulations and EDS can
> safely dispose of hazardous waste in the wells.   EPA may withdraw the
> exemption if any conditions change.
>
> Hazardous waste disposal wells are stringently regulated.  EDS was
> required to demonstrate that, to a reasonable degree of certainty, the
> waste will be confined  for as long as it remains hazardous and will not
> contaminate underground sources of drinking water.   The waste will be
> confined in rock formations more than 3,000 feet below the Earth's
> surface.
>
> Class I injection wells include wells used to dispose of liquid hazardous
> waste. The technology was borrowed from the oil and gas industry.  These
> wells are drilled deep and there are enough confining layers of rock
> between the waste and underground sources of drinking water so they do not
> allow any fluid to escape to drinking water. Hazardous waste injection
> wells are subject to an exacting permitting program, monitored
> continuously for leaks and other changes and the results are reported
> monthly to EPA.  Inspectors visit the sites several times each year.
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