Department of Ecology News Release - March 20, 2014

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Southwest Washington company proposes new biosolids land application site in Elma
People can comment through April 25

OLYMPIA – A Southwest Washington company proposes a 130-acre biosolids land application site in Elma.

The site, near 1715 W. Main St. consists of five fields. It would accept biosolids from the city of Elma wastewater treatment plant. Biosolids from Elma would be the only biosolids applied to this site.

The public is encouraged to comment on the proposal by Fire Mountain Farms Inc. of Onalaska through April 25.

The Washington State Department of Ecology will hold a public meeting April 22 in the Pavilion Meeting Room at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds, 32 Elma McCleary Road.

Ecology will equally consider all public comments, regardless of the method used to submit them, and respond in a document that will be available on Ecology’s website for the proposal.

After that, Ecology will make changes to the Site Specific Land Application Plan requirements as appropriate, and issue Fire Mountain Farms’ final letter of coverage documenting the agency’s decision.

The Site Specific Land Application Plan and related documents can be reviewed online at Ecology’s website for the proposal.

Documents also are available for review in-person at Ecology’s Southwest Regional Office, 300 Desmond Drive, Lacey, by appointment (360-407-6300).

Here’s how to submit comments:

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Media Contact:

Linda Kent, 360-791-9830, @ecySW

For more information:

Ecology biosolids permit page (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/biosolids/commentPeriods.html)

Ecology’s biosolids website (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/biosolids)

Ecology’s social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/socialmedia.html)