The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on August 5 on a new application for the reissuance of an existing Land Application System (LAS) by Tencate Protective Fabrics/Southern Mills, of 1683 Lawrence Road, Molena. The hearing will be held in the R. E. Lee Auditorium in the Thomaston-Upson County Government Complex at 201 East Lee Street in Thomaston.
Tencate is seeking the reissuance of its LAS for its textile facility located in Upson County. Approximately 0.506 MGD of pretreated wastewater is land applied to its 116-acre site adjacent to the facility in the Flint River Basin.
A public comment period for this application was originally held from October 10, 2013 to December 5, 2013. The draft permit has been revised, and in response to requests from commenters, another public hearing will be held.
The public hearing will be confined to water quality issues as they relate to the draft permit. This hearing will not consider land use, zoning, or other issues.
The public hearing is a formal process to receive comments on the draft permit. Participants who wish to comment for the record are requested to sign in upon arrival. Hearing participants will not be subject to questions from the audience, but may be questioned by the Hearing Officer for clarification of technical points or to develop a better understanding of statements. Questions asked by participants making statements will be answered by EPD in writing at a later date. Lengthy statements or statements of a considerable technical or economic nature should be submitted in writing for the official record. During the hearing, oral statements shall be limited to five minutes to allow everyone an opportunity to be heard.
Written comments are welcomed. To ensure their consideration, written comments should be received by close of business on August 12, 2014. Address written comments to EPD at the address below, or via e-mail at EPDcomments@dnr.state.ga.us. If you choose to e-mail your comments, please be sure to include the words “LAS Permit Reissuance – Tencate” in the subject line to ensure that your comments will be forwarded to the correct staff. The permit application, draft permit, comments received, and other information are available for review at 2 MLK, Jr. Dr., Suite 1152E, Atlanta, GA 30334, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.