Thursday, November 6, 2014

Breaking News: DEP calls for Public Hearing on specifics of NNEPRA’s stormwater permit application for MLF

Many of you following the ups and downs and ins and outs of the permitting process for the proposed NNEPRA MLF know that DEP is responsible for ensuring the project complies with all applicable laws and regulations. 

DEP, we should say, is the Department of Environmental Protection in Maine State Government.

And the proposed project site is the Bouchard Drive neighborhood in Brunswick.

We’re not going to take the time right now to list all our prior postings on the matter; instead, we’re here to bring you the latest news on the matter.  Today, DEP issued a letter, signed by Commissioner Aho, calling for a public hearing on the details of the application.

Here it is; we apologize for it being in three pieces; this results from our basic skill level in screen capture.  You’ll have no problem reading it, we hope.




We asked a friend knowledgeable in the details of the application process to give us a reaction to the letter, and here is what he had to say, edited by us for consistency with Side stylistics.

DEP has thoroughly scrutinized NNEPRA's third filing of a Stormwater Permit Application (SWPA) for the proposed Brunswick Maintenance and Layover Facility (MLF), along with comments submitted by “Interested Persons.”  Appropriately, the permitting process will be by the book, with an open and transparent review that includes a Public Information Meeting combined with a more rigorous Public Hearing.  

A Public Hearing will provide the forum for the Applicant and all Interested Persons to assist DEP in considering all the evidence, and unique dynamics affecting both on and off site effects.

The proposed industrial level train maintenance facility has statewide implications, and is the first of its kind to be considered for permitting by DEP.  We appreciate their commitment to an open and transparent regulatory process.

Stay tuned for further updates.  As details of the Public Hearing become known, we’ll publish them.

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