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PRE-HEARING PUBLIC OUTREACH
The entire public hearing notice was published thrice (April 25, May 2 and 9, 2008) inthe
(Alton). Beginning in April, the public hearing notice was mailed topersons on a hearing service list maintained by the Illinois EPA. The notice was mailedto state legislators, county, township and municipal officials, environmentalorganizations and interested citizens. The public hearing notice was also postedelectronically on the Illinois EPA website,
One or moregroups not associated with the Illinois EPA also publicized the public hearing throughfliers and a website. The Alton newspaper,
announced the hearing inan article on May 26, 2008.
May 28, 2008 PUBLIC HEARING
Illinois EPA Hearing Officer Charles Matoesian opened the hearing at 6 p.m. in theAdvanced Technology Center Room 141 at Lewis & Clark Community College inGodfrey, Illinois.Illinois EPA Facility Evaluation Unit Manager Dan Heacock and technical reviewer ThadFaught provided an overview of the 401 water quality certification process and thespecifics for this site.Comments and questions were received from the audience.Several spokespersons for Wal-Mart provided comments near the close of the hearing.Hearing Officer Charles Matoesian closed the hearing at
9:45 p.m. on May 28, 2008.Illinois EPA personnel were available before, during and after the hearing to meet withelected officials, news media and concerned citizens.Approximately 80 persons representing neighbors, consultants, attorneys, religiousorganizations, environmental groups, Village of Godfrey, Alton Telegraph newspaper,organized labor and Wal-Mart attended the hearing. A court reporter prepared atranscript of the public hearing which was posted on the Illinois EPA website.The hearing record closed on June 27, 2008.