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Appeal Update - September 16th, 2013   

    The parties involved in the appeal of the air quality permit issued for the proposed tires-to-energy plant have reached a settlement. According to the Environmental Hearing Board website, as of  August 29th, a settlement was reached and the appeal was closed.
Here are the terms that were reached in the settlement:

Settlement of Citizen Challenge to Air Quality Plan Approval issued by the Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection to Crawford Renewable Energy, LLC
Robert Concilus and Leah Humes v. PA Department of Environmental Protection
and Crawford Renewable Energy, LLC

EHB Docket No. 2011-167-R

On August 28, 2013, Robert Concilus and Leah Humes (“Appellants”) agreed to settle
their objections and withdraw their appeal to the Air Quality Plan Approval issued by the
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) to Crawford Renewable Energy,
LLC (“CRE”) to construct a tire-derived fuel power plant (“Facility”) in Crawford County, PA.
The primary settlement terms are as follows:

1. Before selecting a specific filtration product for the control of Particulate Matter, CRE
will consult with Appellants’ consultant of choice regarding the use of filtration products,
and shall use bags rated with a high removal efficiency, such as W.L. Gore and
Associates, Inc.’s 5117 High Durability PPS Laminate or a product with comparable
removal efficiency, in the operation of the Facility baghouse;

2. Upon submission by CRE to DEP, CRE shall provide to Appellants copies of all stack
testing protocols. CRE shall afford Appellants a 30-day comment period to submit
comments concerning the stack testing protocols to DEP and CRE;

3. Upon submission by CRE to DEP, CRE shall also provide to Appellants copies of: a) all
stack testing results; b) all data generated by the Facility’s continuous emissions
monitor(s) measuring Particulate Matter emissions; c) periodic monitoring reports
required by the Plan Approval and/or the Title V Operating Permit issued for the Facility
(“Permit”);d) correspondence or reports regarding upset conditions or Permit violations
that occur at the Facility; and e) discharge monitoring reports required by the NPDES
permit issued by DEP for the Facility.

4. In addition, CRE shall contribute $35,000.00 to a 501c(3) non-profit organization of
Appellants’ choice to be used only for one or a combination of the following uses: i) the
purchase, installation, operation, and maintenance of an air quality monitoring device;
and/or ii) to perform pre-and post-operational ambient air quality monitoring at a location
of Appellants’ choice; and/or iii) to perform water quality testing in the watershed
surrounding the Facility. The financial contribution shall be payable as follows:
$15,000.00 shall be due upon the mutual execution and delivery of the Settlement
Agreement and the subsequent withdrawal of instant appeal; $10,000.00 shall be due on
the date 30 days after commencement of operations of the Facility; and the final
$10,000.00 shall be due on the date one year after the date of commencement of
operations of the Facility.



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