Public Notice: Lightning Butte Disposal Facility

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Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Lightning Butte Disposal Facility


In accordance with the provisions of the Wyoming Environmental Quality Act and Chapter 1, Section 1(f) of the Solid Waste Rules and Regulations, Lightning Butte Environmental, LLC has submitted a SW Chapter 3 permit application for a new solid waste management facility called the Lightning Butte Disposal Facility.

The 163 acre facility is located 10 miles north of Bill, Wyoming, and one half mile west of Highway 59. More specifically, this facility is located in the SE ¼ Section 17, T39N, R71W, Converse County WY.  The facility provides for the disposal of waste generated from energy conversion facilities, waste from crude oil and natural gas exploration and production, wastes from mineral and ore mining, benefaction, and extraction; and waste generated by surface coal mining operations, as well as, industrial and manufacturing waste which has been generated within the service area.  The total volumetric capacity of this facility is estimated to be 9.4 million cubic yards.  The life of the facility is estimated to be 44 years.

The Department of Environmental Quality, Solid and Hazardous Waste Division (DEQ) has reviewed the application and determined that it is generally complete and suitable for publication.  The DEQ’s solid waste rules, in Chapter 1, Section 2 (b)(ii), require that the applicant must provide public notice that a proposed permit has been issued and inform the public that there is an opportunity to file comments on the proposed permit before it is issued in final form.  The notice is also required to indicate that the public may file formal written objections to issuance of a final permit.  This publication provides notice of those opportunities.

Copies of the permit application, the DEQ’s review of the application, and the proposed permit can be viewed at DEQ’s Casper office (152 North Durbin St. Suite 100, Casper, WY 82601), at the Converse County public library (300 Walnut St, Douglas, WY 82633), and the Converse County Clerk’s Office (107 N. 5th St. Suite 114, Douglas, WY 82633).

Any interested person has the right to either: provide comments on the proposed permit, which DEQ will consider prior to taking final action on the permit application, or file formal written objections to the proposed permit.  The period for providing comments, or filing formal written objections to the proposed permit, shall begin on July 26th, 2017 and end on September 1st, 2017.  Any comments or formal written objections must be received by 5:00 PM on the last day of the notice period.  Comments or formal objections must be submitted in writing to the Department of Environmental Quality, Todd Parfitt, Director, 200 West 17th Street, Cheyenne, WY  82002.  Formal written objections must be accompanied by a statement of the facts upon which the objection is based.  If substantial written objections are filed, a contested case hearing will be held by the Environmental Quality Council.


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