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Seneca Sustainable Energy & Seneca Sawmill Permit Actions

LRAPA has received an application for a permit modification and renewal of Seneca Sustainable Energy’s existing Title V operational air permit, and for a permit modification and renewal to an existing Standard Air Contaminant Discharge Permit (ACDP) for Seneca Sawmill Company. Both entities are owned by Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) and located on a wood products manufacturing site in Eugene. The facilities operate jointly to support the production of lumber and utilization of wood biomass.

LRAPA is compelled to issue air permits for applications of permit renewals and permit modifications if they are complete, technically sound, and meet all LRAPA regulations. Both permit actions will employ a public notice to describe scheduled informational meetings, opportunity to provide written comments, and public hearings prior to a final decision to issue the permits as proposed or with modifications. It is LRAPA’s intent to inform the public on proposed permits, listen to questions and concerns, and highlight opportunities for public participation. LRAPA will inform city, county, and state elected officials whose district includes the applicant, as well as local community groups. Prior to scheduled public hearings, public informational sessions will be held to describe the proposed permits and answer questions.

Learn more about permit changes and additional regulations from LRAPA's Fact Sheet.

View Seneca Sustainable Energy LLC's draft documents on public notice by clicking here.

Anticipated Public Notice Sequence for Both Permit Actions

  • Friday, June 3, 2022 – Seneca Sustainable Energy’s draft Title V permit placed on public notice; public hearing announced.
  • Monday, July 11, 2022– Seneca Sustainable Energy’s informational meeting & public hearing
    • Online by Zoom: (Link to be provided day of)
    • In-person at the Eugene Library (100 W 10th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401) Bascom-Tykeson room for those unable to connect virtually.
    • 4:30 pm, informational meeting on Seneca Sustainable Energy’s draft permit
    • Seneca Sustainable Energy’s public hearing will immediately follow the informational meeting.
  • Monday, July 11, 2022- Public information meeting on Seneca Sawmill’s draft permit.
    • Online by Zoom: (Link to be provided day of)
    • In-person at the Eugene Library (100 W 10th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401)
       Bascom-Tykeson room
    • This informational meeting will immediately follow Seneca Sustainable Energy’s public hearing that begins at 5:30 pm.
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2022 - Seneca Sawmill’s draft permit placed on public notice; public hearing announced.
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 5:00pm– Seneca Sustainable Energy’s written public comment period ends.
    • All written comments received will be considered in LRAPA’s final action on this permit application. LRAPA will review all information received during the public review period and hearing. Following this review, the permit may be modified. The proposed permit will then be forwarded to EPA for comment prior to issuance.

Send written comments to:
Lane Regional Air Protection Agency
1010 Main Street
Springfield, Oregon  97477
Attention:  Permit Program

Email: permitting@lrapa.org

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022– Seneca Sawmill’s informational meeting, and public hearing.
    • Online by Zoom: (Link to be provided day of)
    • In-person location and time to be determined. 30-day public notice of hearing time and location will be provided.
  • Monday, August 22, 2022 - 5:00pm– Seneca Sawmill’s public comment period ends.
    • All written comments received will be considered in LRAPA’s final action on this permit application. LRAPA will review all information received during the public review period, and the hearing. Following this review, the permit may be modified. The proposed permit will then be forwarded to EPA for comment prior to issuance.

Send written comments to:
Lane Regional Air Protection Agency
1010 Main Street
Springfield, Oregon  97477
Attention:  Permit Program

Email: permitting@lrapa.org

  • Monday, August 29, 2022- LRAPA issues Seneca Sustainable Energy’s Title V permit as proposed or with modifications.
    • This date is tentative and dependent on EPA approval of the permit and the nature of public comments received. Public comments which raise issues that have legal or scientific merit may delay the issuance of this renewal until issues are resolved.
  • Monday, August 29, 2022- LRAPA issues Seneca Sawmill's Standard ACDP as proposed or with modifications.
    • This date is tentative and dependent on the nature of public comments received. Public comments which raise issues that have legal or scientific merit may delay the issuance of this modified permit until issues are resolved.