A public comment meeting regarding Lehigh Portland Cement's proposal to burn tires as a fuel has been tentatively set for 6:30 p.m. June 2 at the Union Bridge Community Center.
"People have questions and comments," said John Goheen, spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment.
The department must approve Lehigh's proposal before the company can begin burning tires.
"The purpose of this meeting is to hear what the interested public has to say," he said.
Copies of the application and any supporting documents
explaining the type of material to be burned and any expected emissions will be available at a public library before the hearing, Mr. Goheen said.
MDE has not issued an official notice of the hearing and has not put the documents in a library, he said.
Mr. Goheen also said he was unsure when MDE's Air and Radiation Management Administration, which is sponsoring the hearing, would make a decision on the permit.
"It's not so much the amount of people that show up, it's the quality of the comments," he said of the public meeting.
"You can get a few people commenting and raising some difficult technical issues that need to be addressed that would make the decision take longer than a litany of people making comments not based on any technical issues."
Essroc Materials Inc. in Frederick is the only other company in Maryland burning tires for fuel, Mr. Goheen said.