This preliminary hearing is the first phase of the contested case hearing. At the preliminary hearing, the parties to the contested case hearing will be determined, and the schedule for the contested case hearing will be set. The rest of the contested case hearing will most likely be conducted in Austin.
Anyone can request to become a party to the contested case hearing. Those wishing to become parties must attend the preliminary hearing and show 1) that they would be adversely affected by the application and air emissions from the facility in a way not common to the general public; 2) the location and distance of their property relative to the facility; and 3) how they use the property which may be impacted by the facility.
Please make every effort to attend the preliminary hearing in Gainesville on July 12, whether or not you intend to seek party status to the case.