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WA State Department of Ecology Notice for Comments

Wednesday, January 29, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lindsay Kittleson
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P.O. BOX 47775 - Olympia, Washington 98504-7775 - (360) 407-6300


January 29, 2014

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology/department) is notifying representatives of the solid waste industry and individuals that have registered with the department as an "Interested Party” of a forty-five (45) day comment period for a proposed Beneficial Use Determination (BUD). You are receiving this notice in accordance with Chapter 70.95.300 (4) RCW, which requires Ecology to notify the parties noted above when an application for a BUD is being considered under the terms of WAC 173-350-200.

Proposal Overview:

McCain Foods USA, Inc. has applied to Ecology for a BUD to allow distribution and sale of "potato dirt” generated at its Othello processing facility for use in landscaping and similar projects, and for return to farms.  This dirt is generated when potatoes are delivered to the plant and when potatoes are washed and the resulting mud dewatered.  McCain proposes distribution as a soil amendment as the organic content is generally higher than area soils.  This material is stockpiled at its permitted land application site and would be screened prior to distribution either directly by McCain or by a contractor.

How to Review:

Copies of the application are available upon request to the BUD Coordinator.  Application materials are also available for review at each of Ecology’s regional offices. Please call (360) 407-6383 if you wish to receive a copy of the application and accompanying materials or if you would like directions to the nearest regional office.  Please reference BUD-SA-14-07 when making your request.

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA):

Ecology, as lead agency, has determined the proposal will not have probable significant adverse impact on the environment.  Ecology has issued a DETERMINATION OF NONSIGNIFICANCE for the proposal, which is included with the application packet available for review.  The SEPA comment period will run concurrently with the 45 day comment period provided under WAC 173-350-200.  Any comments specific to SEPA must be identified.

Comment Period: 

Any person wishing to offer comments to the department must do so in writing or by email no later than March 14, 2014.  Ecology will only consider comments specific to the proposal under consideration or to SEPA when making its decision.  Comments must be mailed to:

Chuck Matthews
Beneficial Use Determination Coordinator
Washington Department of Ecology
P.O. Box 47775
Olympia, WA  98504-7775

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