DEQ has announced it will host two informational meetings on a 401 water quality certification for the proposed Oregon LNG project. DEQ will hold the meetings in Vernonia on Thursday, January 29 at 6:00 PM at the Cabin in Vernonia. DEQ will also host a meeting in Warrenton on Tuesday January 27.
DEQ’s public comment period on the proposed Oregon LNG 401 water quality certification application has been extended and now closes on Monday, Feb 16, 2015.
The proposed pipeline would travel just north of Vernonia.
A 401 water quality certification is required for any federally licensed or permitted projects that may result in a discharge into navigable waters. Specifically, DEQ provides the certification to ensure that work permitted under a federal Clean Water Act Section 404 Dredge/Fill Permit will meet state water quality standards. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issues the Section 404 Dredge/Fill Permit.
The purpose of the upcoming informational meetings is to provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions about DEQ’s 401 water quality certification process. Representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Oregon Department of State Lands and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation & Development also will attend the meetings.
The focus of these meetings will be to answer questions regarding the permitting and certification process, and will not focus on the technical aspects of the project. This is not a public hearing to submit oral comments on the proposed project or its related permits.
Comments can be mailed to:
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Northwest Region
Attn: 401 Public Comments
2020 SW 4th Ave., Suite 400
Portland, Oregon 97201
Go to the Oregon LNG web page for more information