Vermont Railway’s transload facility has been the topic of much conversation during recent months. Another step in its process forward will take place tonight when it is the subject of a public hearing.
In July, the railway had submitted an application to the Watershed Management Division of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for authorization to discharge stormwater associated with industrial activity to the LaPlatte River. The public hearing for that application is set for 6pm on Oct.13 at the Town Hall.
The DEC’s tentative decision is to issue the authorization. In the public notice of application received for notice of intent, the agency said, “The applicant has demonstrated how the proposed project will implement best management practices (BMPs) during the industrial activity in accordance with MSGP 3-9003 through implementation of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).”
Residents will have the opportunity to provide their input during Thursday evening’s hearing. For those who are unable to attend, there will still be the opportunity to participate until the following day. Comments will be accepted until the close of the public comment period at 4:30pm on Oct.14. That communication may either be mailed to the DEC (see website below) or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments received by the above date will be considered in the formulation of the final decision. For more information see www.shelburnevt.org/Document Center/Home/View/2062.