Special Public Hearing Procedures Due to COVID-19 Pandemic:
1. Hearing Format. In order to conduct an orderly hearing while adhering to the recommended social distancing precautions, the Department will conduct the public hearing as follows:
- The Department will call only one registered speaker into the hearing room at a time to provide their testimony. There will not be a general audience in the hearing room.
- Each registered speaker will be allowed no more than seven (7) minutes to present their testimony. Speakers are encouraged to provide lengthy statements in writing, and to present a summary of their statement during their testimony.
- The Department will not allow registered speakers to enter the hearing room until they are called to give their testimony.
- The Department will require that speakers exit the hearing location after giving their testimony.
- The Department is not able to live stream the hearing or allow remote participation; however, the hearing proceedings will be recorded and placed on the Department’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDwu2w3FpjGgT4ZOjhk6ZOw/featured within approximately 24 hours of the conclusion of the hearing.
2. Preregistration: In order to allow social distancing by reducing the number of people gathered at the hearing location, the Department is offering preregistration to those who wish to speak at the hearing.
- You may preregister at https://forms.gle/xWHPVtNhrwC4VJRQ9 or, if any person does not have the ability to preregister online, they may call 334-274-4201 to preregister.
- Preregistration will end at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, to allow the Department adequate time to notify the people that did preregister of their appointed time slots. If you miss the preregistration deadline, on-site registration will be available.
- To preregister, you must be willing to provide either a valid email address or cell phone number so that the Department may notify you of your approximate time slot in which you will be called to speak. You may not request a specific time slot.
- You should arrive at the hearing no more than 15 minutes before your specified time slot. At that time, please enter the venue, and Department employees will alert you when it is your turn to speak.
3. On-site Registration.
- The Department will conduct on-site registration for those that wish to speak at the hearing; however, preregistration is highly recommended.
- Upon registering, Department representatives will inform you of your approximate time slot in which you will be called to speak. You will be instructed to return to the hearing location approximately 15 minutes before your time slot.
- Please note that the people that preregistered will be called to speak prior to those that register on-site.
4. Safety Precautions.
- All attendees will be required to wear masks within the hearing location; however, once called into the hearing room, adequate distancing will be established to allow the speaker to remove their mask while speaking.
- All attendees will be subject to temperature screening prior to entering the hearing location.
5. Opening Statements by the Department. Since the attendees will not be present in the hearing room while the Department provides its opening statements, links to the statements are provided below:
1. Hearing Officer Statement (http://adem.alabama.gov/newsEvents/notices/feb21/pdfs/2apcbarry-officerstatement.pdf)
2. Coal Combustion Residuals Permit (http://adem.alabama.gov/newsEvents/notices/feb21/pdfs/2apcbarry-hearingstatement.pdf
Any person wishing to participate in this hearing who needs special accommodations should contact the ADEM Permits and Services Division at (334) 271-7714 at least five working days prior to the hearing.
Attendance at the public hearing is not necessary in order to have comments included in the public hearing record. Written comments received prior to the close of the public comment period will also be considered and entered into the public hearing record and will be given the same consideration as those provided at the hearing. Persons wishing to comment may do so, in writing, to the Department’s named contact above by 5:00 PM on April 6, 2021.