- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

RADFORD, Va. (AP) - The Radford Army Ammunition Plant has asked state regulators to renew its open burning permit.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s review of the plant’s application is expected to take 18 to 24 months.

Leslie Romanchik with the DEQ tells The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1Hpz0SX ) that the plant can continue open burning under its existing permit during the review.

Romanchik says the process will include public hearings and a new assessment of the risks of pollutants traveling off-site from the open burning.

Plant managers declined to comment on the permit application.

Critics of the plant’s open burning say they’re concerned about airborne hazardous materials.

Devawn Palmer-Oberlender of the Environmental Patriots of the New River Valley says the Army and the plant’s operator, BAE Systems, should buy a safer disposal technology.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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