Notice is hereby given that the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., at the Madison County High School-Cafeteria, located at 174 Brock Road, Gurley, Alabama 35748, concerning the proposed modification of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) Permit to authorize new discharges to surface water from an existing dry and wet preparation limestone quarry and its associated areas.  The quarry is located at 6620 Highway 72, Gurley, in Madison County.

McCord Construction, Inc., 6620 Highway 72, Gurley, Alabama 35748, has applied for the modification of NPDES Permit No. AL0083496, to authorize additional acreage and three new discharges of treated drainage from McCord Limestone Quarry, a dry and wet preparation limestone quarry and its associated areas, discharging to an Unnamed Tributary to Shanty Branch, classified as Fish and Wildlife in the Tennessee River Basin. The Department has tentatively determined that the proposed actions described in this notice are consistent with the Water Quality Rules and Regulations including the Department’s Anti-degradation Rules.

Pursuant to applicable regulations, the Department issued a public notice of a 30-day public comment period on April 10, 2019, in the Huntsville Times during which any interested person could submit written comments on the permit modification application and draft permit modification.  During this comment period, the Department received sufficient request to warrant a public hearing.  Therefore, the Department is announcing a public hearing, and is extending the public comment period until 5:00 p.m. August 16, 2019.

Copies of the complete project file are available for public inspection electronically via, and at the following location Monday-Friday, except legal holidays, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A nominal fee for copying and /or mailing may be charged. Arrangements for copying should be made in advance.

Russell A. Kelly, Chief
Permits and Services Division
1400 Coliseum Blvd.
[Mailing address: P. O. Box 301463-1463]
Montgomery, AL 36110-2400
(334) 271-7714

The purpose of the public hearing will be for interested parties to make oral and written comments addressing the proposed modification to the Permit. All oral and written comments received during the hearing will be placed into the official hearing record.  Those wishing to make oral comments at the public hearing are also encouraged to submit those comments in writing.

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 three working days prior to the hearing.

Attendance at the public hearing is not necessary in order to have comments included in the official administrative record.  Written comments received prior to the close of the public comment period will also be considered and entered into the hearing record.  Written comments should be submitted to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), Attention:  Mr. Russell A. Kelly, at the above Montgomery address.

All comments must address issues relevant to the proposed modification that have an impact on the applicant’s ability to meet applicable environmental laws, rules, and regulations to affect the final permit decision.

After consideration of all written comments, review of the public hearing record, and pursuant to the Alabama Water Pollution Control Act, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and applicable regulations, the Department will make a final determination.  The Department develops responses to comments which will become part of the public record and will be available to persons upon request.

The Department maintains a list of interested individuals, who are mailed legal notices regarding proposed permits. If you wish to receive such notices, contact the Permits and Services Division via telephone (334-271-7714), e-mail (, or postal service (P. O. Box 301463, Montgomery, AL 36130-1463).

This notice is hereby given on this 10th day of July 2019, by authorization of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

Lance R. LeFleur



Nondiscrimination Statement:  The Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in the administration of its programs.