Public Notice Archive File
January, February, March 2003

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Bureau of Mining Regulation &Reclamation

03/27/2003

Notice of Proposed Action

The Administrator of the Division of Environmental Protection gives notice that an application for renewal of a Water Pollution Control Permit for the Dun Glen Mine Project, a facility utilizing physical separation methods to extract gold, has been properly filed with the Division of Environmental Protection in Carson City. The applicant for renewal of Permit NEV91007 is:

  Tahoe Milling, Inc.
  Dun Glen Mine Project
  P.O. Box 181
  Imlay, Nevada 89418

The facility, known as the Dun Glen Mine Project, is located in northeast Pershing County, Nevada, within portions of Sections 15 and 16, Township 33 North, Range 36 East, Mount Diablo Baseline and Meridian, approximately 8.5 miles northeast of the town of Mill City and approximately 20 miles southwest of the town of Winnemucca.

The project consists of a physical separation facility (Nevada Administrative Code 445A.414) with an estimated maximum production rate of 1,400,000 cubic yards per year. Gold is extracted from the Dun Glen Creek gravels and adjacent terrace placer deposits using a mobile placer plant that operates within the active creek channel. No chemicals are approved for use in the gold recovery process and make-up water, derived from Dun Glen Creek, is recycled. Facilities are required to be designed, constructed, operated and closed without any discharge or release in excess of those standards established in regulation except for meteorological events which exceed the design storm event.

The Administrator is constrained to issue the Water Pollution Control Permit renewal or to deny the application. The Administrator has made the tentative determination to issue the renewal permit.

Persons wishing to comment upon the proposed permit renewal, to recommend terms and conditions for consideration of incorporation into the permit, or who request a public hearing pursuant to the Nevada Administrative Code, NAC Chapter 445A, must submit their comments, objections, or requests no later than 5:00 PM on the 30th day following the date of publication of this notice (05 May 2003) to:

  Division of Environmental Protection
  Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation
  Capitol Complex
  333 W. Nye Lane, Room 138
  Carson City, NV 89706-0851

All comments or objections received during the public notice period will be considered in the final determination regarding this permit. If the Division determines written comments or requests indicate a significant degree of public interest in this matter, the Administrator shall schedule a public hearing in accordance with the requirements of NAC 445A.405.

The permit and all application documents are on file at the Division and are available for public inspection and copying pursuant to NRS 445A.665. For more information, contact Miles Shaw at (775) 687-9409, toll free in Nevada (800) 992-0900, extension 4670, or visit our website at http://ndep.nv.gov/bmrr/bmrr01.html

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Bureau of Water Pollution Control

03/25/2003

Notice of Proposed Action

The Administrator, Division of Environmental Protection, Carson City, Nevada is issuing the following notice of proposed action under the Nevada Revised Statutes and the Clean Water Act. The Administrator has received an application for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit, NV0022888, from the following applicant:

   Las Vegas Sands, Inc.
   3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
   Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

The Applicant operates the Venetian Hotel Casino at 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada. This facility utilizes two dewatering systems due to the high water table. The dewatering systems discharge treated and untreated groundwater to the Las Vegas Wash via the Clark County stormdrain system and the Flamingo Wash. The discharge flow will be permitted at a maximum 30-day average rate of 0.144 million gallons per day, but the flow varies seasonally according to the regional water table level and precipitation events. Due to the presence of volatile organic compounds and petroleum hydrocarbons in the shallow groundwater, water recovered during dewatering of the hotel tower portion of the site must be pumped through sediment filters and two aeration units for treatment prior to discharge. Monitoring of the discharge is conducted to ensure that surface waters are not degraded as a result of the tunnel dewatering discharges.

Please submit all comments in writing or via email by 5:00pm on April 23, 2003 to Bruce Holmgren

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Bureau of Mining Regulaltion & Reclamation

03/11/2003

Notice of Decision

Water Pollution Control Permit
Number NEV2002105

Newmont Mining Company -- Leeville Infiltration Project


The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has decided to issue Water Pollution Control Permit NEV2002105 to Newmont Mining Company. This permit authorizes the construction, operation, and closure of approved mining facilities in Eureka County. The Division has been provided with sufficient information, in accordance with Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 445A.350 through NAC 445A.447, to assure the Division that the groundwater quality will not be degraded by this operation, and that public safety and health will be protected.

The permit will become effective March 26, 2003. The final determination of the Administrator may be appealed to the State Environmental Commission pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 445A.605 and NAC 445A.407. All requests for appeals must be filed by 5:00 PM, March 21, 2003, on Form 3, with the State Environmental Commission, 333 West Nye Lane, Capitol Complex, Carson City, Nevada 89706-0851.

For more information about this decision, contact Miles Shaw at (775) 687-9409, toll free in Nevada at (800) 992-0900, extension 4670

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Bureau of Mining Regulation & Reclamation

03/06/2002

Notice of Findal Decision Reclamation Permit NO 0212

M-I L.L.C. -- Big Bird

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has decided to issue Reclamation Permit, No. 0212, for an Exploration Project to M-I L.L.C. This permit authorizes M-I L.L.C. to reclaim the Big Bird Project.

This Project is located in Elko County, Nevada. The Division has been provided with an application, in accordance with Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) and Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 519A to assure the Division that M-I L.L.C. will leave the project site safe, stable, and capable of providing for a productive post-mining land use.

This permit will become final March 17, 2003. The final determination of the Administrator may be appealed to the State Environmental Commission pursuant to NAC 519A.415. The appeal must be filed by March 16, 2003 and in accordance with Administrative rules of the Environmental Commission.

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Bureau of Mining Regulation & Reclamation

03/07/03

Notice of Document Comment and Review Period
by the
State of Nevada

The Administrator of the Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) gives notice of its receipt of a Pit Lake Optimization Plan and an updated 2003 Operation Plan for Newmont Mining Corporation's Lone Tree Mine.

To accommodate public interest, and as a discretionary act, NDEP invites interested members of the public to submit comments regarding these two documents to NDEP within the next 30-days.

The documents were submitted by:

   Newmont Mining Corporation
   Lone Tree Mine
   P.O. Box 388
   Valmy, Nevada 89438-0388

The Lone Tree Mine is located in Humboldt County within Section 1 through 3, 11 through 17, and 23 through 24 of Township 34 North, Range 42 East, Mount Diablo Baseline and Meridian (MDB&M), approximately 34 miles east of Winnemucca, Nevada.

Persons wishing to comment on these documents must submit the comments to:

   Division of Environmental Protection
   Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation
   Capitol Complex
   333 W. Nye Lane, Room 138
   Carson City, NV 89706-0851

Comments received at NDEP by April 14, 2003, will be considered by NDEP during its internal review of these two documents. Once NDEP's internal review is complete, NDEP will make every effort to respond to all timely submitted comments in writing.

These documents are on-file at the Division and are available for public review and copying pursuant to NRS 445A.665 during normal business hours at NDEP's Carson City, Nevada office. For more information, contact Alan Tinney at (775) 687-9414, toll free in Nevada (800) 992-0900, extension 4670.



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Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation

02/20/2003

NOTICE OF DECISION

WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PERMIT
NUMBER NEV96107


Normandy Midas Operations, Inc. (Newmont) Ken Snyder Mine Project

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has decided to issue a renewal of Water Pollution Control Permit NEV96107 to Normandy Midas Operations, Inc. (Newmont). This permit authorizes the construction, operation, and closure of approved mining facilities in Elko County. The Division has been provided with sufficient information, in accordance with Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 445A.350 through NAC 445A.447, to assure the Division that the groundwater quality will not be degraded by this operation, and that public safety and health will be protected.

The permit will become effective March 05, 2003. The final determination of the Administrator may be appealed to the State Environmental Commission pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 445A.605 and NAC 445A.407. All requests for appeals must be filed by 5:00 PM, February 28, 2003, on Form 3, with the State Environmental Commission, 333 West Nye Lane, Capitol Complex, Carson City, Nevada 89706-0851. For more information, contact Miles Shaw at (775) 687-9409, toll free in Nevada at (800) 992-0900, extension 4670

Responses are attached for comments received 06 February 2003, in a letter dated February 4, 2003, from Tom Myers of Great Basin Mine Watch.

NDEP Response to Great Basin Mine Watch Comments
Letter dated February 4, 2003, and received 06 February 2003

Comment: "Because the waste rock has been shown to be slightly acid generating, there is a likelihood that there are hot spots within the waste rock. Most of the waste rock generated during mining remains underground and is slurried for use as backfill within three months. It is unclear whether the 5 % CaCO3 is added to the rock temporarily stored underground or whether it is just for rock on the surface. Also, the temporarily stored rock underground should be kept try [sic] as well to avoid oxidation of the hotspots. Note that the confusion results from the discussion on page 3 of the fact sheet regarding ditches to convey the peak storm flows around the temporary storage area".

NDEP Response: Waste rock that remains underground to be slurried with cement and used as backfill material has not shown any tendency to oxidize prior to use as backfill. Because cement is added to the material during the backfill process, CaCO3 is not added to the material during the brief storage period underground. However, waste rock that is brought to the surface for placement in the temporary rock storage area does have lime added to each truckload at an average application rate of 5% CaCO3. In addition, a truckload of lime is spread over the surface of the material in the temporary rock storage area each quarter whether waste rock has been added or not. The Fact Sheet has been modified in an attempt to clarify this point.

Comment: "We have not reviewed the infiltration basin design because it was previously permitted and is not being used. However, it would be useful to know whether there has been much water discharge in the past".

NDEP Response: The rapid infiltration basin (RIB) was used only briefly during the early construction period (1998). All discharge was discontinued by mid-1998 due to a lack of flow into the mine workings in quantities sufficient to warrant discharge to the RIB.

Comment: Because of the collection system (sumps), it is reasonable to expect that the mine intercepts fractures full of water that drain to the mine. Also, it is not unexpected that the modeling for this type of dewatering system overpredicted [sic] the rate. Ö It is just as likely that future stopes will encounter fractures that will produce higher flow rates".

NDEP Response: Occasional pockets of perched water have been encountered as mining advances. However, no volumes near those predicted by the original modeling have been encountered.

Comment: "The quarterly monitoring reports that we examined showed no underground seeps produced enough water to collect a sample. Yet, the fact sheet states that the average dewatering rate is about 11 gpm collected in sumps in the underground mine. Where does the water in the sumps come from if not from seeps encountered in the underground mines? Perhaps the monitoring requirements should include a quarterly sample from the total 11 gpm if individual seeps cannot be sampled".

NDEP Response: To distinguish between seeps and sumps, seeps represent flow from the fractures in the rock being penetrated by the mine workings whereas sumps are low-point excavations designed to collect fluid within the mine workings and aid in its discharge from the mine. The underground workings are relatively dry and do not yield sufficient natural flow to be sampled. Hence, seep samples can rarely be collected. The 11 gallons per minute figure is a peak flow rate for what cumulatively amounts to about 300 gallons per day. This water starts as fresh water from the surface supply tank and is introduced into the mine primarily for dust control. The used water is collected in the sumps, pumped to engineered settling ponds located on the surface, filtered through an oil-water separator, and piped to the tailings impoundment underdrain solution collection pond for introduction into the process stream. Given the management and quantity of the discharge, it is not believed there is sufficient potential to degrade waters of the State to warrant additional sampling. However, the relevant portion of the Fact Sheet has been modified in an attempt to clarify the seep versus sump issue.

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Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation

02/12/2003

NOTICE OF DECISION

Water Pollution Control
Permit Number Nev89016
For The Sterling Mine Project

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has decided to renew Water Pollution Control Permit NEV89016 to Sterling Gold Mining Corporation. This permit authorizes the construction, operation, and closure of the approved facilities at the Sterling Mine Project in Nye County.

The Division has been provided with sufficient information, in accordance with NAC 445A.350 through NAC 445A.447, to assure the Division that the groundwater quality will not be degraded by this operation and that public safety and health will be protected.

This permit will become effective February 27, 2003. The final determination of the Administrator may be appealed to the State Environmental Commission pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 445A.605 and Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 445A.407.

All requests for appeals must be filed by 5pm, February 24, 2003 on Form 3 with the State Environmental Commission, 333 West Nye Lane, Capitol Complex, Carson City, Nevada 89706.

For more information, contact Bob Carlson at (775) 687-9401, toll free in Nevada at (800) 992-0900, extension 4670.

Permit condition Part I.B.2 was amended to either re-establish the fluid management system pursuant to regulation or close the facilities.

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Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation

02/11/2003

Notice of Proposed Action
by the
State of Nevada

The Administrator of the Division of Environmental Protection gives notice that an application for a major modification of a Water Pollution Control Permit for the Mill 5/6-Gold Quarry-James Creek Project to incorporate the Leeville Underground Mine, a gold mining facility, has been properly filed with the Division of Environmental Protection in Carson City. The applicant for the major modification of Permit NEV90056 is:

  Newmont Mining Corporation
  Mill 5/6-Gold Quarry-James Creek Project
  P.O. Box 669
  Carlin, Nevada 89822

The facility, known as the Mill 5/6-Gold Quarry-James Creek Project, is located in north-central Eureka County, approximately 6 miles north of the town of Carlin, Nevada. The components are located in portions of Sections 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15, Township 33 North, Range 51 East; Sections 6 and 7, T33N, R52E; Sections 25, 35, and 36, T34N, R51E; Section 31, T34N, R52E; and, Sections 2, 3, 10, and 11, T35N, R50E, MDB&M.

The project consists of the Gold Quarry, Mac, and Tusc open pits and the Deep Post underground gold mining operations; the James Creek and Mill 5/6 tailings storage facilities (TSF); the Mill 5/6 TSF Caro's Acid plant; the Gold Quarry Heap Leach pad and Bio-oxidation test facility; the North Waste Rock Disposal, South Waste Rock Disposal, and Mill 5/6 Embankment Waste Rock Disposal facilities; the Mill 5/6 complex, comprised of a conventional carbon-in-leach (CIL) gold recovery mill (Mill 5) and the adjacent Mill 6 and Refractory Ore Treatment Plant (Mill 6 & ROTP); a carbon handling facility; a gold refinery; water quality monitoring wells; and associated pipelines, ditches, ponds, pumps, and containment for conveyance and control of process solutions within the facility. The Leeville Mine, an underground gold mining operation and ancillary support facilities, will be incorporated as a major modification to the Permit. A facility is required to be designed, constructed, operated and closed without any discharge or release in excess of those standards established in regulation except for meteorological events which exceed the design storm event.

The Administrator is constrained to issue the Water Pollution Control Permit or to deny the application. The Administrator has made the tentative determination to issue the permit.

Persons wishing to comment upon the proposed permit, to recommend terms and conditions for consideration of incorporation into the permit, or who request a public hearing pursuant to the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC), Chapter 445A, must submit their comments, objections, or requests no later than 5:00 PM on the 30th day following the date of publication of this notice (March 17, 2003) to:

  Division of Environmental Protection
  Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation
  Capitol Complex
  333 W. Nye Lane, Room 138
  Carson City, NV 89706-0851

All comments or objections received during the public notice period will be considered in the final determination regarding this permit. If the Division determines that written comments or requests indicate a significant degree of public interest in this matter, the Administrator shall schedule a public hearing in accordance with the requirements of NAC 445A.405.

The permit and all application documents are on file at the Division and are available for public inspection and copying pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 445A.665. For more information, contact Miles Shaw at (775) 687-9409, or toll free in Nevada (800) 992-0900, extension 4670, or visit our website at http://ndep.nv.gov/bmrr/bmrr01.htm

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Bureau of Mining Regulation & Reclamation

02/11/2003

Notice of Final Decision
Reclamation Permit NO. 0211

Manhattan Mining Company dba Royal Standard Minerals, Inc.
Gold Wedge Project
 

 
Bureau of Water Pollution Control

03/06/2003

Notice of Proposed Action

The Administrator, Division of Environmental Protection, Carson City, Nevada is issuing the following notice of proposed action under the Nevada Revised Statutes and the Clean Water Act. The Administrator has received a complete application to renew National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit NV0020150 from the following Applicant:   Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility
  Cities of Reno and Sparks
  P.O. Box 857
  Sparks, Nevada 89432

The Applicant proposes to continue to discharge treated domestic and industrial wastewater from the Cities of Reno and Sparks and portions of Washoe County to the Truckee River via Steamboat Creek at a maximum rate of 51.2 million gallons per day (MGD). The treatment plant has a design capacity 44.0 MGD and will be expanded to a design capacity of 51.2 MGD during the term of the proposed permit.  

The plant removes solids, degrades biological compounds, reduces nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), and disinfects the effluent prior to discharge. Reuse of the treated effluent and biosolids from this facility are permitted separately. Monitoring will continue to be required to ensure that the water in the Truckee River is not degraded by this discharge. The proposed permit will cover a five (5) year period.

Please submit all comments in writing or via email by March 7, 2003 to Bruce Holmgren.

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State Environmental Commission

SEC Appeal Hearing

03/06/2003

The Nevada Environmental Commission has previously scheduled an appeal hearing in the matter of Great Basin Mine Watch versus the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection regarding the Newmont Mining Corporationís Gold Quarry Mine. The Appeal hearings scheduled for March 17 and 18, 2003 has been postponed. The Field Tour to the Gold Quarry Mine has been postponed. The tour was scheduled to begin from the Elko Municipal Airport at 8:30 am on Monday March 17, 2003, then to Carlin, Nevada at 9:00 am. The hearing was scheduled for 2 pm on March 17, 2003 and then all day on March 18, 2003 at the Elko Chamber of Commerce. This part of the hearing has also been cancelled for those dates.
If you need further information please contact the Nevada Environmental Commissionís Executive Secretary at 775/687-9308. When the hearing is reset, the public will be notified by the posting and mailing of the hearing agenda. The Environmental Commissionís website at http://sec.nv.gov/ will also contain the posting of the hearing.


 

 
Bureau of Mning Regulations & Reclamation

01/31/2003

Notice of Proposed Action

The Administrator of the Division of Environmental Protection gives notice that an application for a Water Pollution Control Permit for the Leeville Infiltration Project, a water treatment and management facility, has been properly filed with the Division of Environmental Protection in Carson City. The applicant for Permit NEV2002105 is:

   Newmont Mining Corporation
   Leeville Infiltration Project
   P.O. Box 669
   Carlin, Nevada 89822

The facility, known as the Leeville Infiltration Project, is located in portions of Sections 1, 2, 3, and 12, Township 35 North, Range 49 East; Sections 33 and 34, T36N, R49E; and Sections 2, 3, 8, 10, 11, 15, 16, and 17, T35N, R50E, Mount Diablo Baseline and Meridian, approximately 18 miles northwest of the town of Carlin in north-central Eureka County, Nevada.

The project consists of 14 dewatering wells, a double-synthetic-lined surge pond with leak detection, a water treatment plant with secondary containment, two (2) double-synthetic-lined and leak detected treated water settling ponds, a solids disposal pipeline with lined containment ditch, a treated water discharge pipeline system, and associated tanks, interconnecting pipelines, ditches, pumps, sumps, and containment for the conveyance and control of fluids within the facility. Treated water is conveyed by the discharge pipeline system to the Barrick Goldstrike Mines Boulder Valley Recirculation Project facilities (NEV95114) for discharge. Settling pond solids are conveyed by pipeline and discharged into containment within the Mill 4 Tailings Storage Facility 2 (NEV92100). Facilities are required to be designed, constructed, operated and closed without any discharge or release in excess of those standards established in regulation except for meteorological events which exceed the design storm event.

The Administrator is constrained to issue the Water Pollution Control Permit or to deny the application. The Administrator has made the tentative determination to issue the permit.

Persons wishing to comment upon the proposed permit, to recommend terms and conditions for consideration of incorporation into the permit, or who request a public hearing pursuant to the Nevada Administrative Code, NAC Chapter 445A, must submit their comments, objections, or requests no later than 5:00 PM on the 30th day following the date of publication of this notice (03 March, 2003) to:

Division of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation
Capitol Complex
333 W. Nye Lane, Room 138
Carson City, NV 89706-0851

All comments or objections received during the public notice period will be considered in the final determination regarding this permit. If the Division determines written comments or requests indicate a significant degree of public interest in this matter, the Administrator shall schedule a public hearing in accordance with the requirements of NAC 445A.405.

The permit and all application documents are on file at the Division and are available for public inspection and copying pursuant to NRS 445A.665.

For more information, contact Miles Shaw at (775) 687-9409, toll free in Nevada (800) 992-0900, extension 4670, or visit our website at

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The Environmental Commission

-- Notice --

January 21, 2003 -- Great Basin Mine Watch of Reno, Nevada has appealed the decision dated November 12, 2002 by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. The appeal concerns the Water Pollution Control Permit NEV90058 for the Newmont Mining Corporation's Lone Tree Mine. The Environmental Commission will hear the appeal on February 25, 2003 in Carson City, Nevada at 123 West Nye Lane, Conference Room 217 at 10:00 am.  
 

 
Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation

01/07/2003

Notice of Proposed Action

The Administrator of the Division of Environmental Protection gives notice that an application for renewal of a Water Pollution Control Permit for the Ken Snyder Mine Project, a mining facility, has been properly filed with the Division of Environmental Protection in Carson City. The applicant for renewal of Permit NEV96107 is:

  Normandy Midas Operations, Inc. (Newmont)
  Ken Snyder Mine Project
  HC 66 Box 125
  Midas, Nevada 89414

The facility, known as the Ken Snyder Mine Project, is located in portions of Sections 21, 22, 27, 28, 33, and 34, Township 39 North, Range 46 East, Mount Diablo Baseline and Meridian, in western Elko County, approximately 1.5 miles southeast of the town of Midas and approximately 50 miles northeast of Winnemucca.

The project consists of a an underground mine with a decline and ramp system to access the steeply dipping gold-silver bearing vein deposit, a temporary waste rock area, a crushing plant, a 1000 tons-per-day conventional mill incorporating gravity separation and cyanide leaching with Merrill-Crowe recovery, a refinery, a cyanide destruction circuit, a tailings impoundment with an underdrain solution reclaim system and collection pond, two settling ponds, a rapid infiltration basin, and various process and administrative support facilities. Mine dewatering is authorized up to 365,000 gallons per day but averages less than 11 gallons per minute.

All dewatering water is currently utilized within the processing circuit. The project will disturb an estimated 153.7 acres of surface during a remaining project life of approximately 10 years. Facilities are required to be designed, constructed, operated and closed without any discharge or release in excess of those standards established in regulation except for meteorological events which exceed the design storm event or permitted dewatering through the infiltration basin.

The Administrator is constrained to issue the Water Pollution Control Permit or to deny the application. The Administrator has made the tentative determination to issue the permit.

Please submit all comments in writing or via email by February 7, 2003 no later than 5:00p.m. to Miles Shaw

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