— WEST MILTON — More than 100 public comments filed on the proposed White Deer Energy Project, plus an engineer’s finding that the project’s application with the state Department of Environmental Protection is in order, make another 45 days of public review unnecessary, officials said Thursday.
State Rep. Fred Keller, R-85, Kreamer, met Thursday with Andrew Ritter, a deputy secretary of legislative affairs for Gov. Tom Corbett, to discuss a second 45-day extension for the public to review documents on the tirederived fuel plant next to the National Gypsum facility in West Milton.
The comment period ends July 5. Factoring in the decision are the more than 100 public comments DEP received about the plant that would use tirederived fuel to generate energy. Keller was able to read some of those comments, he said. Also, the technical review of the air permit application En-Tire Logistics submitted to DEP found the application to be complete.
“What we’ve seen in the comments that have come in, and weighing in the letter from Larson Design, we’re willing to say it’s enough,” Keller said.
"DEP has drafted a plan approval that will require En-Tire to meet their regulatory obligations,” wrote Mark Mummert, a design and environmental engineer with Larson Design Group, which reviewed the documents that were available to the public at the Public Library for Union County.
Mummert’s findings were provided to Keller, White Deer Township supervisors and Union County commissioners, who asked for the review. The trio of officials also got the first 45-day extension for the public.
Among the findings, En-Tire must meet more than 25 emissions parameters, the documentation showed. To assure the facility will make emission limits, En-Tire presented case histories for three similar tire-derived fuel-combustion facilities, of which just one is built and is much larger than that of EnTire.