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Notice of 30-Day Period for Public Comment: IDEM


Preliminary Findings Regarding the Renewal of a Minor Source operating Permit (MSOP) for Superior Forest Products, LLC in Parke County

MSOP Renewal No.: M121-40503-00020

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has received an application from Superior Forest Products, LLC located at 6429 W. 100 N., Montezuma, Indiana 47862 for a renewal of its MSOP issued on January 24, 2014. If approved by IDEM’s Office of Air Quality (OAQ), this proposed renewal would allow Superior Forest Products to continue to operate its existing source.

A copy of the permit application and IDEM’s preliminary findings are available at:

Montezuma Public Library

270 Crawford Street

Montezuma, IN 47862

This draft MSOP Renewal does not contain any new equipment that would emit air pollutants; however, some conditions from previously issued permits/approvals have been corrected, changed, or removed. These corrections, changes, and removals may include Title I changes (e.g., changes that add or modify synthetic minor emission limits). This notice fulfills the public notice procedures to which those conditions are subject. IDEM has reviewed this application and has developed preliminary findings, consisting of a draft permit and several supporting documents, which would allow for these changes.

A copy of the preliminary findings is available on the Internet at:

A copy of the preliminary findings is also available via IDEM’s Virtual File Cabinet (VFC). Please go to: and enter VFC in the search box. You will then have the option to search for permit documents using a variety of criteria.

How can you participate in this process?

The date that this notice is posted on IDEM’s website (( 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 M121-40503-00020 in all correspondence.

Comments should be sent to:

Neelnayana Kalita

IDEM, Office of Air Quality

100 North Senate Avenue

MC 61-53 IGCN 1003

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2251

(800) 451-6027, ask for Neelnayana

Kalita or (317) 233-8288

Or dial directly: (317) 233-8288

Fax: (317) 232-6749

attn: Neelnayana Kalita


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 the public and interested parties can participate, refer to the IDEM Air Permits page on the Internet at:; and the Citizens’ Guide to IDEM 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 Neelnayana Kalita of my staff at the above address.

Madhurima D. Moulik, Ph.D.

 Section Chief

Permits Branch

Office of Air Quality

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