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PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota DENR has answered two of the outstanding questions regarding the public comment meetings scheduled for April 15-16 in Elk Point by its Board of Minerals and Environment.

Sara Raeburn, spokeswoman for the South Dakota Attorney General's office, said the board will not announce the format of its public comment sessions or whether it will limit the time alotted to each speaker until the actual event.

Raeburn also said that a transcript of the public comments will be prepared. It will become part of the hearing record and will be considered by the Board.

The answers are coming through the attorney general's office rather than the DENR because of the contested hearing status of the legal action on Hyperion Refining's air quality permit. All the information on the issue must come through the attorney general's office. At least that's the case when it's reporters who are asking for it.

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