NOTICE OF CHANGE IN PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND PUBLIC HEARING DATE by the
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region IX, WTR-5
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-3901
Telephone: (415) 972-3513
Public Notice number: HI-08-W-07 Publication Date: January 25, 2008
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX (EPA) is extending the comment period on its tentative decision to deny an application for a renewed variance from secondary treatment requirements of the Clean Water Act pursuant to CWA section 301(h) from the discharger:
City and County of Honolulu
Department of Environmental Services
650 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
This application relates to discharge of treated wastewater from the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1350 Sand Island Parkway, Honolulu, HI 96819. Wastewater is discharged to marine waters of Mamala Bay of the Pacific Ocean through the Sand Island Point outfall, approximately 9,000 feet offshore at a depth of approximately 230 feet. The Regional Administrator of EPA, pursuant to CWA section 301(h) and 40 CFR Part 125, Subpart G, has tentatively concluded that this treatment plant does not qualify for a renewed variance and has tentatively decided to deny the variance request. In order for all interested parties to have the necessary time to provide input on the tentative decision, EPA has decided to extend the public comment period. The public comment period will now end on March 31, 2008.
As discussed in the previous notice in this newspaper, EPA had planned to conduct a public hearing on February 5, 2008 to take comment on this proposed action, in accordance with 40 CFR 124.12. EPA is now changing the date of the public hearing to March 12, 2008, at 6:30 p.m., at the following location:
Washington Intermediate School
1663 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
The Administrative Record, which includes the tentative decision document, fact sheet, variance application, all data submitted by the applicant, and other relevant documents, is available for review at the EPA address above, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. For the publics convenience, the tentative decision, fact sheet, and the variance application are also available at EPAs Honolulu office at 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 5-152, Honolulu, HI 96850, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and on EPA Region 9s website at: http://www.epa.gov/region09/water/npdes/pubnotices.html Further information, including copies of the tentative decision, fact sheet, and variance application, can be obtained from Sara Roser at (415) 972-3513.
Persons wishing to comment on the tentative decision must submit their comments in writing by the close of the public comment period on March 31, 2008, either in person, by mail, or by email to the attention of Sara Roser at the EPA at the address shown above, by email to R9-301h-Comments@epa.gov, or at the public hearing. At the public hearing, oral testimony should be limited to brief summaries of written testimony. Please note that time limitations will be imposed on presentations and limited to 10 minutes or less, unless otherwise determined by the Hearing Officer.
At the completion of this public comment period, EPA will consider all timely public comments and make a final decision on the application. Upon issuance of the final decision, EPA will notify the applicant and persons who submitted written comments or requested notice of the final decision. This notice will include reference to the procedures for appealing the final decision.
All persons who believe the tentative decision to deny the variance request is inappropriate must raise all reasonably ascertainable issues and submit all reasonably available arguments supporting their position by the close of the public comment period. Any supporting materials that are submitted shall be included in full and may not be incorporated by reference, unless they are already part of the Administrative Record, or consist of State or Federal statutes and regulations, EPA documents of general applicability, or other generally available reference materials.
Persons who are physically handicapped and require special accommodation to participate in the public hearing should contact Dean Higuchi in EPAs Honolulu office at (808) 541-2710 no later than February 25, 2008.
Please bring the foregoing notice to the attention of all persons who you know would be interested in this matter.
U. S. EPA Region IX
Notice #: 05533695