Public Notice: Request for Comments
Proposed Issuance of a Solid Waste
Composting Facility Permit for the
Processing and Recovery Center (PRC)
in Benton County
The purpose of this notice is to invite you to Where is the facility located?
provide written comments on this proposed permit 2 miles east of Highway 99 at 29969 Camp Adair Rd,
issuance. Monmouth, OR 97361 Western Region
S17, T10S, R4W, W.M., Hazardous and Solid
What is proposed? Waste Compliance and
DEQ proposes to issue a Solid Waste Disposal 44° 42’ 00” N. Latitude Permitting Section
750 Front St., NE
Site Composting Permit for the Processing and -123° 11’ 40” W Longitude Suite 120
Recovery Center facility (PRC) which is owned Benton County Salem, OR 97301
by Valley Landfills, Inc. for a period of not more Phone: (503) 378-8240
than 10 years. Notice issued: February 26, 2010
Fax: (503) 378-4196
Contact: Fran Holman
The PRC facility has been operating as a compost Written Comments due: April 2, 2010, e-mail:
site since 1998 under a DEQ Solid Waste 5 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org
Composting General Permit. In September, 2009, www.oregon.gov/DEQ
new rules for composting facilities became Where can I send my comments?
effective that require certain composting facilities Fran Holman, Permit Coordinator Western Region
to submit a Risk Screening application for a new (503) 378-5047 or Toll free, (800) 349-7677
composting permit. Composting sites will be Oregon DEQ
screened to evaluate the degree of environmental Solid Waste Program
risk posed by the facility. Low-risk facilities will 750 Front St. NE, Suite 120 If you received a hard copy of
operate under a registration permit. Higher-risk Salem, OR 97301 this notice in the mail, please
consider receiving updates via
facilities will be required to provide an operations email@example.com e-mail instead. Send your
plan for DEQ approval that addresses the request to:
identified risks. These facilities will operate under Where can I get technical information? firstname.lastname@example.org
a composting permit. Julie M. Berndt, Permit Writer
Please include your full name,
(541) 687-7342 or (800) 844-8467 Ext. 7342 e-mail address and mailing
Based on the screening, the PRC facility was Oregon DEQ address so we can purge you
determined to need an Operations Plan and a Solid Waste Program from our print mail list, thus
Composting Permit. The permit requires the 165 East 7th Ave. Ste #100 saving trees and taxpayer
facility to meet the Performance Standards Eugene, OR 97401-3049
contained in OAR 340-096-0070, and the email@example.com
operations plan outlines how the facility will meet
those standards. DEQ has proposed to approve How can I review documents?
the Operations Plan that the PRC has submitted You can review electronic versions here:
with their application and has completed a draft • draft permit
composting permit. • permit evaluation report
DEQ is inviting public comment on the proposed or by going online to:
permitting action. During the comment period the http://www.deq.state.or.us/news/publicnotices/pn.asp
public is invited to make comments related to
specific conditions within the proposed permit. You can review the draft permit and permit
application at the DEQ Salem Office
Who is the applicant? 750 Front Street NE, Suite 120
Valley Landfills, Inc Salem, OR 97301.
PO Box 807
Corvallis, OR 97339 For a review appointment, call: (503) 378-8240.
DEQ’s Role: waste. Moisture from rainfall that flows through
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality the compost piles can mobilize contaminants, and this
(DEQ) is responsible for protecting and enhancing water (known as leachate), if carried off-site in
Oregon’s water and air quality, for cleaning up stormwater run-off, has the potential to pollute surface
spills and releases of hazardous materials, and for and groundwater in this area. The site is located near
managing the proper disposal of hazardous and Soap Creek. Therefore, the site is regulated by this
solid wastes. One way DEQ does this is by permit and an NPDES Stormwater Permit to monitor
requiring permits for certain activities and and prevent potential contamination problems.
facilities that may present a potential threat to the
environment if not properly managed. DEQ Objectionable odors may result from composting
issues composting permits in order to regulate operations, particularly if not managed properly. The
operation of these facilities to minimize nuisance Operations Plan describes the measures that will be
conditions, and/or any impacts to the environment implemented in order to minimize odors as much as
or public health. possible.
Compliance history: How are the permitted substances measured?
A review of the permit file and facility reports By the ton or by the cubic yard.
indicates there have been no documented
violations or enforcement action taken by the What are the special conditions of this
Department during the term of the current permit. permit?
The permittee submitted an Operations Plan (Plan)
Who is affected? which outlines the procedures for operating the facility
Property owners and residents near the facility in to maintain compliance with the Solid Waste
Benton County. People who work, live, and Composting Permit. The Plan was approved as part of
recreate in the area. the permit screening and evaluation process. The Plan
will become an enforceable part of the permit when
What other DEQ permits are required? issued.
The facility currently is regulated under a DEQ
Solid Waste Composting Permit that is expired, The Plan must be updated during the term of the
but has been administratively extended until a new permit to incorporate any modifications at the site, and
composting permit is issued. They are also to reflect any changes in operation procedures for any
regulated under a 1200Z NPDES Stormwater reason. For example, these reasons may include
Permit. violations of conditions or limitations of the permit, or
a change in the type or amount of feedstocks
What similar activities take place in the composted at the facility.
vicinity of the facility?
No other composting facilities are in the nearby The permit requires monitoring for pollutants, both
vicinity. Valley Landfills, Inc. does operate the from the finished compost and from stormwater run-
Coffin Butte Municipal Solid Waste Landfill off from the site. If environmental impacts are
about 2-3 miles west of the compost site which is discovered through monitoring or inspection data, the
permitted as an operating landfill by DEQ. permittee will be required to implement additional
controls at the site and that the Operations Plan be
What legal requirements apply? updated to incorporate these changes.
Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 459.205 requires a
DEQ permit for any solid waste disposal site. What happens next?
ORS 459.245 authorizes the Department to issue DEQ will review and consider all comments received
solid waste disposal site permits. Oregon during the comment period. Following this review,
Administrative Rules Chapter 340 Division 93-97 DEQ may issue the permit as proposed or modified, or
provides further clarification of permit issuance deny the permit.
DEQ will schedule a public hearing if the Department
What are the known health effects or receives written requests from ten persons, or an
environmental impacts of the permitted organization representing at least ten persons, for a
substances stored, disposed of, hearing. The Department may also hold a hearing if it
discharged or emitted by the facility? determines that significant public interest warrants a
No known health effects or environmental impacts hearing. An additional public notice will be published
have been identified to date at the PRC site. to advertise the public hearing. DEQ-DC1
Feedstocks will include yard debris and food
or if you need information in large print, Braille or
Participation in rulemaking or the legislative another format. To make these arrangements, contact
process is the only way to change the rules or DEQ Communications & Outreach (503) 229-5696 or
statutes. Ultimately, if a facility meets all current toll free in Oregon at (800) 452-4011; fax to 503-229-
legal requirements, DEQ will issue the permit. 6762; or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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disabilities at our hearings. Please notify DEQ of sheet by going through the Oregon
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