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Leo Dickson & Sons, Inc. - Part 360 Permit Modification

Background: Leo Dickson & Sons, Inc. operates a solid waste management facility in accordance with an existing Part 360 permit which authorizes it to land apply stabilized sludges or biosolids generated at various municipal wastewater treatment plants, on designated or permitted fields in the towns of Bath, Cameron and Thurston. Applicant is authorized under a Part 360 registration to spread non-recognizable food wastes on a separate set of fields from the fields permitted to receive biosolids. The registered fields are located in Bath, Cameron and Thurston. Applicant is also regulated as a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation or CAFO and is thus regulated under the CAFO General Permit to manage animals and the manure associated with animals. For the most part, the same fields are used for spreading manure that are used for biosolids and food wastes.

The Applicant has applied for a modification to the existing land application permit to add the land application of non-recognizable food wastes operations to the Part 360 permit. The modified permit will allow the applicant to utilize all authorized fields for land application of both biosolids and non-recognizable food wastes on both registered and permitted fields.

A public notice for this project was issued on February 23, 2011. Since that time, some additions have been made to the application including the addition of 5 new sources of biosolids, and the authorization to land apply dewatered food processing waste to a specific list of fields (fields with gradual slopes <4% grade) during the winter months. A modification to the Compost Facility permit, to add new sources of biosolids, is also being included in this Hearing and Public Comment Period.

A Notice of Legislative Hearing for Leo Dickson & Sons, Inc. Part 360 - Permit Modification was published in the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) on July 11, 2012. The public hearing will be held on August 6, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at Haverling High School, 25 Ellas Avenue, Bath, New York. All interested persons, organizations, corporations or government entities may submit written comments at the hearing or by mail no later than August 16, 2012 to Administrative Law Judge P. Nicholas Garlick, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 625 Broadway, 1st Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1500, with a copy to Kimberly Merchant, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 6274 Avon-Lima Road, Avon, New York 14414. Comments must be received by close of business on August 16, 2012 to be considered.

The entire Notice of Legislative Hearing may be viewed at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/83410.html

Additional related documents available for viewing:

Amended Negative Declaration (Revised May 1, 2012) (PDF) (49 KB)

Negative Declaration (February 18, 2011) (PDF) (31 KB)

Draft Part 360 Modified Permit (PDF) (635 KB)

Contact Person: Kimberly Merchant, NYS DEC Region 8 Office, 6274 Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414; telephone: 585-226-5392.

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