April 9, 2013

Preliminary Findings Regarding a
Significant Modification to a
Part 70 Operating Permit
for Green Plains Bluffton, LLC in Wells County
Significant Permit Modification No. 179-32865-00033
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has received an application from Green Plains Bluffton, LLC located at 1441 South Adams Street, Bluffton, IN 46714 for a significant modification of its Part 70 Operating Permit issued on November 24, 2010.  If approved by IDEM’s Office of Air Quality (OAQ), this proposed modification would allow Green Plains Bluffton, LLC to make certain changes at its existing source.  Green Plains Bluffton, LLC has applied to add additional corn storage capacity.
The applicant intends to construct and operate new equipment that will emit air pollutants; therefore, the permit contains new or different permit conditions. In addition, some conditions from previously issued permits/approvals have been corrected, changed or removed.  IDEM has reviewed this application, and has developed preliminary findings, consisting of a draft permit and several supporting documents, that would allow the applicant to make this change.
A copy of the permit application and IDEM’s preliminary findings are available at:
Wells County Public Library
200 W. Washington Street
Bluffton, IN 46714
A copy of the preliminary findings is available on the Internet at:
How can you participate in this process?
The date that this notice is published in a newspaper marks the beginning of a 30-day public comment period.  If the 30th day of the comment period falls on a day when IDEM offices are closed for business, all comments must be postmarked or delivered in person on the next business day that IDEM is open.
You may request that IDEM hold a public hearing about this draft permit.  If adverse comments concerning the air pollution impact of this draft permit are received, with a request for a public hearing, IDEM will decide whether or not to hold a public hearing.  IDEM could also decide to hold a public meeting instead of, or in addition to, a public hearing. If a public hearing or meeting is held, IDEM will make a separate announcement of the date, time, and location of that hearing or meeting.  At a hearing, you would have an opportunity to submit written comments and make verbal comments.  At a meeting, you would have an opportunity to submit written comments, ask questions, and discuss any air pollution concerns with IDEM staff.
Comments and supporting documentation, or a request for a public hearing should be sent in writing to IDEM at the address below.  If you comment via e-mail, please include your full U.S. mailing address so that you can be added to IDEM’s mailing list to receive notice of future action related to this permit.  If you do not want to comment at this time, but would like to receive notice of future action related to this permit application, please contact IDEM at the address below.  Please refer to permit number 179-32865-00033 in all correspondence.
Comments should be sent to:
Joshua Levering
IDEM, Office of Air Quality
100 North Senate Avenue
MC 61-53 IGCN 1003
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2251
(800) 451-6027, ask for extension 4-6543
Or dial directly: (317) 234-6543
Fax: (317)-232-6749 attn: Joshua Levering
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
All comments will be considered by IDEM when we make a decision to issue or deny the permit.  Comments that are most likely to affect final permit decisions are those based on the rules and laws governing this permitting process (326 IAC 2), air quality issues, and technical issues.  IDEM does not have legal authority to regulate zoning, odor or noise.  For such issues, please contact your local officials.
For additional information about air permits and how you can participate, please see IDEM’s Guide for Citizen Participation and Permit Guide on the Internet at:
What will happen after IDEM makes a decision?
Following the end of the public comment period, IDEM will issue a Notice of Decision stating whether the permit has been issued or denied. If the permit is issued, it may be different than the draft permit because of comments that were received during the public comment period.  If comments are received during the public notice period, the final decision will include a document that summarizes the comments and IDEM’s response to those comments.  If you have submitted comments or have asked to be added to the mailing list, you will receive a Notice of the Decision.  The notice will provide details on how you may appeal IDEM’s decision, if you disagree with that decision.  The final decision will also be available on the Internet at the address indicated above, at the local library indicated above, and the IDEM public file room on the 12th floor of the Indiana Government Center North, 100 N. Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2251.
If you have any questions please contact Joshua Levering of my staff at the above address.
Jenny Acker, Section Chief
Permits Branch
Office of Air Quality
nb 4/9

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