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Input sought on Marana landfill air quality permit

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Input sought on Marana landfill air quality permit

The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public input on a request for an air quality permit for the planned Marana Regional Landfill at an open house Tuesday and public hearing Wednesday.

An open house was scheduled for Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Geasa-Marana Branch Library, 13370 N. Los Adams Rd., concerning the permit sought by DKL Holdings Inc. for the landfill that will be located at 14805 W. Avra Valley Rd., said Beth Gorman, PDEQ's senior program manager.

A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday at the library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., when PDEQ staff will be on hand to answer questions about the permit and process, Gorman said.

The draft quality permit requires the landfill to control gas and dust under federal regulations, Gorman said.

Dust, solid particles or droplets are significant air pollutants for Pima County and can impact health. Dust produced during construction of the landfill is of concern. Gorman said.

Once the landfill is in operation, a system to collect and control gas is expected to be necessary by 2016. Upon reaching the federal threshold for the gas, a collection and control plan must be reviewed and approved by Pima County, Gorman said.

The public has until Thursday to comment on the proposed environmental permit. The permit application and background material are available at the Department of Environmental Quality's website or during business hours at PDEQ's offices, 33 N. Stone Ave., Ste. 700 in Tucson.

For more information on the landfill, permit and process, call 243-7400.

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