[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 6 (Friday, January 9, 2015)]
[Page 1409]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-00163]




Notice of Renewal of Federal Operating Permit for Grand Casino 
Mille Lacs

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice announces that, on December 5, 2014, pursuant to 
title V of the Clean Air Act (Act), the Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA) issued a federal operating permit renewal to the Mille Lacs Band 
Corporate Commission for the Grand Casino Mille Lacs in Onamia, 
Minnesota. The operating permit authorizes the operation of four 
diesel-fired generators used for backup power and peak load management 
and of one diesel-fired emergency generator.

ADDRESSES: The final signed permit is available for public inspection 
online at http://yosemite.epa.gov/r5/r5ard.nsf/Tribal+Permits!OpenView, 
or during normal business hours at the following address: U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, Air and Radiation Division, 
77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, 60604. We recommend that 
you call Michael Langman, Environmental Scientist, at (312) 886-6867 
before visiting the Region 5 office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Langman, Environmental 
Scientist, Air Permits Section, Air Programs Branch (AR-18J), 
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, 
Chicago, Illinois 60604, (312) 886-6867, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Throughout this document whenever ``we,'' 
``us,'' or ``our'' is used, we mean EPA.

A. What Is the Background Information?

    The Mille Lacs Band Corporate Commissions owns and operates Grand 
Casino Mille Lacs, which is located on lands held in trust for the 
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians in Onamia, Minnesota. Emission units 
at Grand Casino Mille Lacs consist of five diesel-fired generators. 
Four diesel-fired generators are used for backup power and peak load 
management operations and one diesel-fired generator is used for 
emergency backup power generation.
    On February 24, 2014, the Mille Lacs Band Corporate Commission 
submitted an operating permit renewal application pursuant to 40 CFR 
part 71. On April 9, 2014, EPA determined that the submitted 
application was timely and complete and, therefore, granted an 
application shield pursuant to 40 CFR 71.7(b). The application shield 
allowed the facility to continue to operate pursuant to the terms and 
conditions of its expiring operating permit without violating the Act's 
prohibition on operation without a permit, until EPA took final action 
on the permit renewal application.
    On July 11, 2014, EPA requested additional information required to 
make a final decision on the permit application. The Mille Lacs Band 
Corporate Commission submitted its response to the request for 
additional information on August 4, 2014.
    On October 24, 2014, EPA issued a draft renewal permit for public 
comment pursuant to 40 CFR 71.11(d). The public comment period ended on 
November 24, 2014. EPA did not receive any comments regarding the 
proposal to renew the permit.
    EPA issued the final permit for Grand Casino Mille Lacs, permit 
number V-ML-2709500005-2014-10, on December 5, 2014. Pursuant to 40 CFR 
71.11(i)(2)(iii), the permit became effective immediately upon issuance 
since EPA did not receive any comments requesting a change in the draft 

B. Appeal of the Permit

    Pursuant to 40 CFR 71.11(l), because no one filed comments on the 
proposed permit renewal and the final permit is identical to the permit 
as proposed, any person may petition for administrative review of the 
permit only to the extent that grounds for a petition have arisen that 
were not reasonably foreseeable during the public comment period on the 
draft permit. The 30-day period during which a person may seek review 
under 40 CFR 71.11(l) began on December 10, 2014, the date on which EPA 
notified the Mille Lacs Band Corporate Commission of issuance of the 

C. What Is the Purpose of This Notice?

    EPA is notifying the public of the issuance of a title V operating 
permit renewal, permit number V-ML-2709500005-2014-10, issued on 
December 5, 2014, to the Mille Lacs Band Corporate Commission for the 
Grand Casino Mille Lacs. The permit became effective on December 5, 

    Authority:  42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

    Dated: December 30, 2014.
Susan Hedman,
Regional Administrator, Region 5.
[FR Doc. 2015-00163 Filed 1-8-15; 8:45 am]