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TDEC, NFS hold meeting on waste permit

Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) and the Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation (TDEC) held a formal hearing on Aug. 12 at the Unicoi County Courthouse to discuss the pending operations permit for NFS.
Dilraj Mohka, of the Division of Solid Waste Management, of TDEC, gave a presentation to the audience detailing the process involved for both entities. The permitting process is subject to Tennessee Rule Chapter 0400-12-01. Nuclear Fuel Services’ permit TNWW-066 was issued March 28, 1991. The current permit TNHW was issued on Sept. 30, 2002. For the current application, a pre-application public meeting was held on March 7, 2012 with a renewal application being filed on March 28, 2012.
A public notice of receipt was issued on April 24, 2012. A notice of deficiency was issued on Sept. 24, 2012 with a completeness determination on June 9, 2013. A public hearing was to be held on Aug. 12, 2014, which was Tuesday.
For the proposed permit, the container storage unit would maintain its same capacity of 28,276 gallons. The types of waste would be lead, mercury and pyridine. Corrective Action will continue for ongoing activities. The corrective action proposes no further action for the Solid Waste Management Unit No. 10 Demolition Landfill.
The proposed permit is divided into four statements and nine attachments as well as a cover statement. Sections I and II highlight general conditions applicable to all permitted facilities. Sections III and IV allot for “Container and Corrective Action Conditions for this facility.”
The attachments include the following: a Waste Analysis Plan, Security, Inspections, Personnel Training, Contingency Plans, Container Management, Closure Plan and Corrective Action.
The final permit, if issued, will be a legal document. Facility compliance will be monitored through routine announced and unannounced on-site inspections. The permit will be valid for up to 10 years. The permit can also be modified, revoked, reissued or terminated depending on cause.
Some in the audience expressed concerns over the permit and why it was to be issued for 10 years. Barbara O’Neal, of the Erwin Citizens Awareness Network, said that she had concerns over the storage of hazardous waste at the facility.
According to an official document from TDEC, over the last 12 years, Nuclear Fuel Services has had three violations. All the violations appeared to be minor and the first two errors had been corrected as of the follow-up inspection. On May 14, 2007, NFS received a notice of violation for one open five gallon bucket of universal waste and for an open container of hazardous waste. The universal waste container violation was reported as fixed on the day of the initial inspection. A follow up inspection conducted on June 12, 2007 showed that the violation on the hazardous waste container had been corrected.
On July 31, 2013, a violation was issued to NFS for exceeding the one year accumulation time for six boxes of universal waste fluorescent tubes. A follow up inspection was conducted on Sept. 10, 2013 and the violation had been corrected.
On July 23, 2014, a notice of violation was issued for one 55 gallon drum not being labeled as “hazardous waste” and not having an accumulation start date. A follow up inspection will be conducted sometime after Aug. 25, 2014.