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CALCULATION OF LEVEL CURRENTLY ACHIEVABLE (LCA) FOR MERCURY IN PROPOSED NPDES PERMITS  DRAFT POLICY. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Water Bureau (WB), is accepting written comments on the draft policy between February 18, 2008 and March 18, 2008. The draft policy was developed to settle a lawsuit filed by the National Wildlife Federation and the Lone Tree Council challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?s (USEPA) approval of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality?s (MDEQ) multiple discharger variance from the water quality standard for mercury. In the settlement, the MDEQ and USEPA agreed to phase out the statewide LCA approach currently used by Michigan in NPDES permits, and implement a discharge-specific LCA calculation process by October 1, 2008. The draft policy describes the process that MDEQ proposes to use to develop a discharge-specific LCA to be included in an NPDES permit beginning on October 1, 2008. The draft policy is available on the Web at www.michigan.gov/deqwater. Comments may be submitted by March 18, 2008, to Diana Klemans, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Water Bureau, 525 West Allegan Street, P.O. Box 30273, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7773, 517-335-4121, or Email at klemansd@michigan.gov. 


HARBOR SHORES COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT INC. (HARBOR SHORES) IS THE HOLDER OF INTEREST OF A 4.61-ACRE DEQ CONSERVATION EASEMENT (EASEMENT) LOCATED IN THE CITY OF ST. JOSEPH, BERRIEN COUNTY. The easement was originally required as part of DEQ Permit Number 00-11-0047-P to the Michigan Department of Transportation for mitigation associated with bridge and M-63 Klock Road interchange construction. The permit required creation of 2.5 acres of wetlands to mitigate for 1.64 acres of wetland impact. Harbor Shores is the current owner of the property and requests modification of the easement to remove approximately 1 acre of easement area that contains an elevated upland berm that bisects the easement. Removal of the area from the easement will allow for the construction of a golf cart path needed to provide access for golf carts between Golf Holes 5 and 6. Harbor Shores is requesting the proposed modification of the easement to avoid the construction of an 850-lineal feet boardwalk through wetlands that will have more impact upon wetlands than the proposed golf cart path. No compensation has been offered for the removal of the upland area from the easement; however, the area to be removed is not wetland and the cart path should have no significant negative impacts on the remaining wetland mitigation areas. Submit written comments to Colleen O?Keefe, Land and 

Water Management Division, P.O. Box 30458, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7958 by March 21, 2007. Information Contact: Colleen O?Keefe, Land and Water Management Division, 517-373-8813 or Email at okeefec@michigan.gov. Decision-maker: DEQ Director. 


MICHIGAN?S FINE PARTICULATE MATTER (PM 2.5) STATE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN (SIP) proposed for Southeast Michigan?s PM 2.5 nonattainment area, including Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. The Air Quality Division will hold a public comment period through March 5, 2008, that meets the public participation requirements for a SIP submittal. The PM 2.5 SIP can be viewed on the Web at www.michigan.gov/deqair. If requested by March 5, 2008, a hearing will be held March 11, 2008 (see March 11 listing in this calendar). Written comments should be sent to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division, P.O. Box 30260, Lansing, Michigan 48909, to the attention of Mary Ann Halbeisen. Information Contact: Cynthia Hodges, Air Quality Division, 517-335-1059. Decision-maker: DEQ Director. 


DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS ON MERCURY STRATEGY STAFF REPORT: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released a comprehensive strategy to eliminate the use and release of mercury to Michigan's environment. The report contains specific recommendations to ensure the protection of Michigan's wildlife and citizens from this persistent toxic pollutant by proposing a comprehensive approach to controlling mercury, including environmental monitoring, inventory development, collaborations and partnerships, information and outreach, and regulatory controls. The DEQ is releasing the strategy report for public input to identify partnerships for involvement in implementing the recommendations and to help prioritize action steps listed in the strategy. The report was developed by a team of DEQ staff from the air, water, waste, pollution prevention, and remediation programs in response to a request from Director Steve Chester. The strategy report and appendices are available on the internet at www.michigan.gov/deq (click on the Mercury icon). Comments regarding partnerships and priorities on the strategy will be received until March 26, 2008, and can be submitted by mail, Email, or fax to Sheila Blais, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division, 525 West Allegan Street, 3rd Floor North, P.O. Box 30260, Lansing, Michigan 48909; blaiss@michigan.gov; 517-241-7499 (fax). Information Contact: Joy Taylor Morgan, Air Quality Division, 517-335-6974, or Email at taylorj1@michigan.gov; and Steve Kratzer, Environmental Science and Services Division, 517-373-0939, or Email at kratzers@michigan.gov. 


March 25 Public Meeting  

PUBLIC MEETING REGARDING THE DRAFT SOUTH BRANCH RIVER RAISIN E. COLI TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOAD (TMDL). The Water Bureau is announcing the availability of the draft South Branch River Raisin E. coli TMDL for comment. This water body is located in Lenawee County, in the vicinity of Adrian, and was included on Michigan?s Year 2006 Section 303(d) list due to elevated E. coli levels. The TMDL is being developed to identify the necessary E. coli reductions to meet water quality standards. A public meeting will be held Tuesday, March 25th, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., in the Adrian Tobias Room, Adrian College, 110 South Madison Street, Adrian, Michigan (campus map available at www.adrian.edu/about/campus_map.php). Written comments on the draft TMDL may be submitted to Molly Rippke, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Water Bureau, P.O. Box 30273, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7773, by April 4, 2008. Copies of the draft TMDL are available from Denise Page at 517-335-6969, or Email at paged@michigan.gov, or on the Web at www.michigan.gov/deq. Informa 
Contact: Molly Rippke, Water Bureau, at 517-335-1125, or Email at rippkem@michigan.gov. 

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