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U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, REGION 3
Water Protection Division, Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103


Bear Lake Properties Permit #PAS2D217BWAR

Public Comments will be accepted until October 24, 2014


notice: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III (EPA) plans to issueone Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit to Bear Lake Properties (Bear Lake) under the authority of the Federal UIC regulations at 40 C.F.R. Parts 124,144,146 and 147. This permit is necessary to operate the Class II-D commercial brine disposal injection well.


description: Bear Lake submitted an application for a UIC Class II commercial disposal injecton well permit. The well would be used for the injection of fluids produced in association with oil and gas production operations. The injection well is located in Columbus Townshipk Warren County, Pennsylvania. EPA has developed a draft permit which allows Bear Lake to convert and operate a brine dispoaal well to inject produced fluids from oil and gas operations into the Medina Group at a depth of approximately 4286 feet.


opportunity for comment: EPA requests public comment on its findings that the proposed injection activity in the draft permit is unlikely to pose a risk to underground sources of drinking water.  Please mail public comments on the draft UIC permit to the EPA address listed above to the attention of Brian Poe, or e-mail comments to poe.brian@epa.gov, by Friday October 24, 2014.  A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for October 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Bear Lakes Volunteer Fire Department located at 315 Center Street, Bear Lake, PA 16402.  Requests to hold a public hearing must be received by EPA in the office listed above by October 21, 2014.  When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues you propose to raise.  EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest, specific to the proposed underground injection permit, is evidenced by the above date.

availability of information:The Administrative Record for this draft permit is available for public inspection during normal business hours at the offices of U.S. EPA Region III, at the address shown above. All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is included in the Administrative Record and is available to the public for review. Copies of the permit application, the draft permit, and the statement of basis are available for review and inspection at the Corry Public Library, 117 W. Washington St., Corry, Pennsylvania 16407.


Bear Lake Permit (PDF) (18pp, 12.23MB)

Bear Lake Statement of Basis (PDF) (6pp, 12.23MB)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Interested persons may obtain further information by contacting Brian Poe at the address listed above or by phone at 215-814-5464. 

 

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FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ASSESS ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III
Water Protection Division,
Office of NPDES Permits and Enforcement, NPDES Enforcement Branch (3WP42)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until October 28, 2014


Date of Notice: September 16, 2014

Comment Period: Forty (40) days from date of publication: 9/16/2014 - 10/27/2014

EPA Docket No.: CWA-03-2014-0084

Action: Notice of Proposed Assessment of Clean Water Act Section 309(g) Class II Penalty and Opportunity to Comment


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, is hereby giving notice that it proposes to enter into a Consent Agreement and issue a Final Order (jointly "CAFO"), CAFO DD signed 9-12-14 (PDF) (11 pp, 9.22MB)) which commences and concludes an administrative action for violations of Section 301 of the Clean Water Act, against Frederick County, Maryland. The CAFO proposes to assess an administrative penalty of $29,000. EPA is authorized to enter into CAFOs and assess administrative penalties under Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. Section 1319(g). The following further identifies the cases and should be included in any written comments submitted:

NAME OF CASE:

The Board of Commissioners of Frederick County, Maryland
30 North Market Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. Section 1319(g) requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment on the proposed issuance of the order. Procedures by which the public may submit written comments or participate in the proceedings are described in the Consolidated Rules of Practice Governing the Administrative Assessment of Civil Penalties, Issuance of Compliance or Corrective Action Orders, and the Revocation, Termination or Suspension of Permits, (Consolidated Rules), 40 C.F.R. Part 22. The deadline for submission of written public comments is forty (40) days after issuance of the public notice. Comments should be made to:

All comments should be addressed to:

Regional Hearing Clerk (3RC00)
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. Section 22.18(b)(2), the CAFO simultaneously commences and concludes this proceeding. Pursuant to Section 22.45(b), EPA must notify the public no less than 40 days before the issuance of the CAFO.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Interested parties may contact the following EPA representative to learn more about this action.

Rebecca Crane
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (3WP42)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
215-814-2389
crane.rebecca@epa.gov

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Keating Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania
Benson Energy, LLC PAS2R903BMCK

Proposal to issue a final Underground Injection Control permit; a request for public comment and opportunity for public hearing

Public Comments will be accepted until October 10, 2014

NOTICE:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III (EPA) plans to issue an Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit to Benson Energy, LLC under the authority of the Federal UIC regulations at 40 C.F.R. Parts 124, 144, 146, and 147. The permit is necessary to construct and operate one class II-R enhanced recovery injection well.

DESCRIPTION:
Benson Energy, LLC submitted an application to EPA in February, 2014 requesting to convert an oil production well to an enhanced recovery injection well.  The well would be used for the injection of produced fluids (brine) from Benson Energy’s oil production operation for the enhanced recovery of oil. The proposed injection well is located in Keating Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania. EPA has developed a draft permit which allows Benson Energy to convert an oil production well into an enhanced recovery injection well and to inject brine from the oil production operation into the Bradford Third Sandstone at a depth of approximately 1300 feet and the Sartwell Formation at a depth of approximately 1722 feet below land surface.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:
EPA requests public comment on its findings that the proposed injection activity in the draft permit is unlikely to pose a risk to underground sources of drinking water.  Please mail public comments on the draft UIC permit to the EPA address listed above to the attention of Stephen Platt, or e-mail comments to platt.steve@epa.gov, by October 10, 2014.  A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Keating Township, PA Municipal Building, 7160 Route 46, East Smethport, PA 16730.  Requests to hold a public hearing must be received by EPA in the office listed above by Friday, October 3, 2014.  When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues you propose to raise.  EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest, specific to the proposed underground injection permit, is evidenced by the above date. 

AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION:
The Administrative Record for this draft permit is available for public inspection during normal business hours at the offices of U.S. EPA Region III, at the address shown above. All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is included in the Administrative Record and is available to the public for review.  Copies of the permit application, the draft permit, and the statement of basis are available for review and inspection at the Hamlin Memorial Library, 123 S. Mechanic Street, Smethport, Pennsylvania 16749.

Benson Energy Draft Permit (PDF) (16pp, 3m)

Benson Energy Statement of Basis (PDF) (6pp, 136k)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Interested persons may obtain further information by contacting Stephen Platt at the address listed above or by phone at 215-814-5464. 


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CITY OF PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ASSESS ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III
Water Protection Division,
Office of NPDES Permits and Enforcement, NPDES Enforcement Branch (3WP42)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until October 1, 2014


Date of Notice: August 21, 2014

Comment Period: Forty (40) days from date of publication: August 21, 2014 to October 1, 2014.

Docket No.: CWA-03-2014-0240

Action: Notice of Proposed Assessment of Clean Water Act Section 309(g) Class II Penalty and Opportunity to Comment

NOTICE: In accordance with Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), notice is hereby given that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3, is proposing an administrative civil penalty against the Respondent named below, for alleged violations at the facility listed below:

RESPONDENT:

City of Portsmouth
City of Portsmouth, Virginia
801 Crawford Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

FACILITY:

City of Portsmouth’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)


SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS: Respondent violated the terms of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit by failing to maintain adequate programs to address pollutants being discharged to its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). The complaint alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) failure to confirm elimination of illicit discharges; (2) failure to maintain adequate staffing to implement the MS4 program for school district maintenance yards. These failures constitute a violation Sections 301(a) and 402 of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. §§ 1311(a) and 1342. These violations were discovered during an NPDES inspection of City of Portsmouth MS4 program

Based on the foregoing and having taken into account the penalty factors set forth in Section 309(g) of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), EPA Region 3 proposes to assess an administrative civil penalty against Harford County. The total proposed penalty to be assessed is $50,000.00 and is consistent with 40 C.F.R. Part 19.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. Section 1319(g) requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment on the proposed issuance of the order. Procedures by which the public may submit written comments or participate in the proceedings are described in the Consolidated Rules of Practice Governing the Administrative Assessment of Civil Penalties, Issuance of Compliance or Corrective Action Orders, and the Revocation, Termination or Suspension of Permits, (Consolidated Rules), 40 C.F.R. Part 22. The deadline for submission of written public comments is forty (40) days after issuance of the public notice.

Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. Section 22.18(b)(2), the CAFO simultaneously commences and concludes this proceeding. Pursuant to Section 22.45(b), EPA must notify the public no less than 40 days before the issuance of the CAFO.

All comments should be addressed to:

Regional Hearing Clerk (3RC00)
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION: Information relevant to the proposed penalty assessment may be requested through the Regional Hearing Clerk.


REGISTERY OF INTERESTED PERSONS: Any person interested in a particular case or group of cases may leave his/her name, address, and telephone number on a registry of interested persons which will be maintained in each file. The list of names will be maintained as a means for persons with an interest in the case to contact others with the same interest.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Interested parties may contact the following EPA representative to learn more about this action.

Kelly Gable
Office of Regional Counsel (3RC43)
U.S. EPA, Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2671
Gable.Kelly@epa.gov

Chuck Schadel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
215-814-5761
schadel.chuck @epa.gov

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NEW CASTLE COUNTY, NEW CASTLE, DE

NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE CONSENT AGREEMENT AND FINAL ORDER ASSESSING ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III
Water Protection Division,
Office of NPDES Permits and Enforcement, NPDES Enforcement Branch (3WP42)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 


Date of Notice: August 12, 2014

NPDES Permit No.:DE0051071

EPA Docket No.:CWA-03-2014-0226

Comments will be accepted until September 22, 2014

NOTICE:In accordance with Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), notice is hereby given that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, is proposing to file a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) New Castle CAFO DD signed 8-12-14 (PDF) (10 pp, 4.76MB) ) assessing an administrative civil penalty against the Respondent named below, for alleged violations of its NPDES permit.

RESPONDENT:
New Castle County
187A Old Churchmans Road
New Castle, DE 19720

SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS: Respondent violated the terms of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit which authorizes discharges of stormwater through its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4).  The CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) maintain an accurate list of “High Risk” facilities for inspections and monitoring; and (2) take appropriate and timely enforcement measures at a County owned construction site.  These failures constitute a violation of Sections 301(a) and 402 of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. §§ 1311(a) and 1342.  These violations were discovered during an NPDES inspection of New Castle County’s MS4 program in April 2013.


PROPOSED CONSENT AGREEMENT AND FINAL ORDER: Based on the foregoing and having taken into account the penalty factors set forth in Section 309(g) of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), EPA Region III proposes to file the CAFO requiring the payment of a $17,400.00 penalty. The CAFO both commences and concludes these proceedings. As a result of EPA’s enforcement action, New Castle County has made enhancements to its MS4 program.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount of the penalty or legal or factual basis for the proposed CAFO are invited to submit a statement to the EPA Regional Administrator, addressed to the attention of the Regional Hearing Clerk (address below), within forty (40) days of the date of this public notice. Comments received within this forty (40) day period will be considered. All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the writer and a concise statement of the basis for any comment and any relevant facts on which it is based.


All comments should be addressed to:

Regional Hearing Clerk (3RC00)
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029


AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION: Information relevant to the CAFO may be requested through the Regional Hearing Clerk.

REGISTRY OF INTERESTED PERSONS: Any person interested in a particular case or group of cases may leave his/her name, address, and telephone number on a registry of interested persons which will be maintained in each file. The list of names will be maintained as a means for persons with an interest in the case to contact others with the same interest.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Interested parties may contact the following EPA representative to learn more about this action.


Peter Gold
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5236
gold.peter@epa.gov

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DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, DElaware

NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE CONSENT AGREEMENT AND FINAL
ORDER ASSESSING ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III
Water Protection Division,
Office of NPDES Permits and Enforcement, NPDES Enforcement Branch (3WP42)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 


Date of Notice: August 12, 2014

NPDES Permit No.:DE0051071

EPA Docket No.:CWA-03-2014-0226

 

Comments will be accepted until September 22, 2014


NOTICE:In accordance with Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), notice is hereby given that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, is proposing to file a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) DelDot CAFO DD signed 8-12-14 (PDF) (11 pp, 6.35MB) ) assessing an administrative civil penalty against the Respondent named below, for alleged violations of its NPDES permit.

RESPONDENT:
Delaware Department of Transportation
800 Bay Road
Dover, DE 19903

SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS: Respondent violated the terms of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit which authorizes discharges of stormwater through its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4).  The CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) ensure that all practicable measures to reduce pollutants from maintenance facilities were taken; (2) update SWPPPs at its maintenance facilities; (3) ensure the proper operation of treatment facilities; and (4) ensure timely enforcement of control measures.  These failures constitute a violation of Sections 301(a) and 402 of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. §§ 1311(a) and 1342.  These violations were discovered during an NPDES inspection of Delaware Department of Transportation’s (DelDOT) MS4 program in April 2013.


PROPOSED CONSENT AGREEMENT AND FINAL ORDER: Based on the foregoing and having taken into account the penalty factors set forth in Section 309(g) of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), EPA Region III proposes to file the CAFO requiring the payment of a $32,500 penalty. The CAFO both commences and concludes these proceedings. As a result of EPA’s enforcement action, DelDOT has made enhancements to its MS4 program.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount of the penalty or legal or factual basis for the proposed CAFO are invited to submit a statement to the EPA Regional Administrator, addressed to the attention of the Regional Hearing Clerk (address below), within forty (40) days of the date of this public notice. Comments received within this forty (40) day period will be considered. All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the writer and a concise statement of the basis for any comment and any relevant facts on which it is based.


All comments should be addressed to:

Regional Hearing Clerk (3RC00)
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029


AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION: Information relevant to the CAFO may be requested through the Regional Hearing Clerk.

REGISTRY OF INTERESTED PERSONS: Any person interested in a particular case or group of cases may leave his/her name, address, and telephone number on a registry of interested persons which will be maintained in each file. The list of names will be maintained as a means for persons with an interest in the case to contact others with the same interest.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Interested parties may contact the following EPA representative to learn more about this action.

Peter Gold
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5236
gold.peter@epa.gov

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City of Seaford, Delaware

Notice of Intent to File Super Consent Agreement and Final Order
Assessing Administrative Penalty and Opportunity for Public Comment

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III
Hazardous Site Clean Up Division
Oil & Prevention Branch (3HS61)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until September 19, 2014


Name of Respondent: Peninsula Oil Company, Inc.

Docket No.: CWA-03-2014-0044

NOTICE:: The U.S. Environmental Agency, Region III (EPA) plans to issue a Super Consent Agreement and Final Order (SCAFO) to address violations to the Clean Water Act, section 311, as amended by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, for the facility located at 40 South Market Street in Seaford, DE.


DESCRIPTION: : On May 20, 2013 Peninsula Oil & Propane discharged approximately 6,154 gallons of No. 2 Fuel Oil, at their Seaford, DE Facility. A portion of the discharge entered the Nanticoke River, which is a major tributary to the Chesapeake Bay, a navigable waterway. The spill caused a visible film, sheen, emulsion or discoloration upon the surface of navigable waters of the United States. The spill was of a harmful quantity of oil as defined in 40 CFR 110.3. Due to this spill incident, the Oil and Prevention Branch conducted an SPCC inspection on May 28, 2013 to determine compliance with the Oil Pollution Regulations. The facility failed to implement certain requirements pertaining to secondary containment, inspections, training, piping supports and facility drainage. In addition, the SPCC Plan was not re-certified by a Professional Engineer after technical amendments. The combined proposed penalty for these violations is $38,272.00.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of the proposed penalty are invited to submit a statement to the EPA Regional Administrator, attention of the Regional Hearing Clerk (address below), within forty five (45) days of the date of this public notice. All comments received within this forty five-day period will be considered in the formulation of the final order. All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the author and concise statement of the basis for any comment and any relevant facts on which it is based. All comments should be addressed to:

Regional Hearing Clerk (3RC00)
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029


AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION:Information relevant to the proposed penalty assessment may be requested through the Regional Hearing Clerk identified above.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Interested parties may contact the following EPA representative to learn more about this action.

Consent Agreement and Final Order - PDF (11pp, 2m, about pdf)


Arlín Galarza-Hernández
215-814-3223
Paula Curtin
(304) 234-0256
Oil & Prevention Branch (3HS61)
U.S. EPA- Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
galarza-hernández.arlin@epa.gov

curtin.paula@epa.gov

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Baltimore, Maryland

Notice of Intent to File Consent Agreement and Final Order
Assessing Administrative Penalty and Opportunity for Public Comment

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III
Hazardous Site Clean Up Division
Oil & Prevention Branch (3HS61)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until September 21, 2014


Name of Respondent: Seaboard Asphalt Products Company

Docket No.CWA-03-2014-0219

NOTICE: : EPA Region III today offers for public comment the issuance of a proposed penalty of $60,000 against Seaboard Asphalt Products Company (Respondent). The proposed penalty is for violations of Section 311(j) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1321(j), and its implementing regulations at 40 C.F.R. Part 112, Oil Pollution Prevention regulations, for Respondent’s facility located at Lot 7, Rear of 3450 Asiatic Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland (the “Facility”). The public comment period will be open from August 8 to September 21, 2014.


DESCRIPTION: : EPA is alleging the following violations: 1) failure to have the SPCC Plan certified by a Professional Engineer; 2) failure to provide secondary containment for two loading/unloading racks; 3) failure to provide complete discussions and/or implement requirements pertaining to Bulk Storage Containers to ensure container material and construction is compatible with stored material and storage condition; 4) failure to provide pipe supports designed to minimize abrasion and corrosion and allow for expansion and contraction; 5) failure to provide sufficiently impervious bulk storage containment; 6) failure to promptly correct visible oil leaks from containers and remove accumulated oil; and 7) failure to provide secondary containment for mobile oil storage containers. The combined proposed penalty for these violations is $60,000.00.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of the proposed penalty are invited to submit a statement to the EPA Regional Administrator, attention of the Regional Hearing Clerk (address below), within forty (40) days of the date of this public notice. All comments received within this forty-day period will be considered in the formulation of the final order. All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the author and concise statement of the basis for any comment and any relevant facts on which it is based. All comments should be addressed to:

Lydia Guy
Regional Hearing Clerk (3RC00)
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029


AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION:Information relevant to the proposed penalty assessment may be requested through the Regional Hearing Clerk identified above.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Interested parties may contact the following EPA representative to learn more about this action.

Andrea Bain
Oil & Prevention Branch (3HS61)
U.S. EPA- Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-3223
bain.andrea@epa.gov

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PUBLIC SOLICITATION OF WATER QUALITY INFORMATION

Nutrient and Sediment Impairment Data for Goose Creek Watershed, Chester County, PA

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Region 3 is soliciting the public for information regarding nutrient and sediment impairments for the Goose Creek watershed in Chester County, PA. EPA is especially interested in  data for the following parameters:  dissolved oxygen, percent dissolved oxygen saturation, pH, algal biomass, algal community composition (nutrient tolerant/intolerant taxa), cellular nutrient content (C:N:P), copper sulfate and/or other algaecide, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, ortho-phosphate, nitrate, total suspended solids (TSS), turbidity, pebble counts and habitat evaluation data, including embeddedness, sediment deposition, bank erosion, bank stability, and bank vegetative protection.  EPA is also seeking continuous water quality monitoring data of pH and dissolved oxygen to evaluate diurnal fluctuations of those parameters. The data and information gathered in this solicitation will be used, where appropriate, to support EPA’s decision to retain or withdraw the Goose Creek nutrient Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) established in 2008. Specifically, data collected will be used to determine if Goose Creek, which is listed as impaired by Pennsylvania under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, is impaired due to nutrients, sediment or both.  Information on the Goose Creek TMDL can be found at: 

http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/tmdl/pa_tmdl/GooseCreekNutrient/index.html

Anyone, including but not limited to, private citizens, state agencies, federal government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses and educational institutions, possessing information on nutrient and sediment impairment for the Goose Creek watershed may provide information.

For purposes of this solicitation, information is any documentation describing the past, current and/or anticipated water quality condition of a surface water body. Data is considered to be a subset of information that consists of reports of measurements of specific environmental characteristics. The data and information may pertain to physical, chemical, and/or biological conditions of the Goose Creek watershed.

Goose Creek WatershedAll data submitted for consideration must also include the quality assurance/ quality control monitoring procedures followed. At a minimum, the data must have been collected using applicable Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Assessment Methodology, protocols, and third party data requirements which can be found at the following site:

http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/water_quality_standards/10556/
2013_assessment_methodology/1407203

Third party data requirement are in the document found at the following site:

http://files.dep.state.pa.us/Water/Drinking%20Water%20and%20Facility%20Regulation/
WaterQualityPortalFiles/Methodology/2013%20Methodology/Outside%20Agency%20Data.pdf
     

Information provided should conform to the following considerations:

  • The name of the entity or person providing the information.
  • Mailing address, phone number, and email address for a contact person who can answer questions about any of the information provided.
  • Bibliographic citations for all information provided.
  • Data in electronic form, in a spreadsheet or database if possible.  Please specify the format and define any codes or abbreviations used in your database. Where appropriate and possible, two hard copies of information should be provided.
  • A description of and reference to your quality assurance procedures including Quality Assurance Project Plans and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Metadata for all data, i.e., when measurements were taken, locations, number of samples, detection limits, analytical methods used for any laboratory analysis, etc.
  • Documentation of laboratory certification for water chemistry data.
  • In addition, for data from citizen volunteer water quality monitoring efforts:
    • The name of your group;
    • Indication of any training in water quality assessment completed by members of your group;

Data will be considered if postmarked before September 1, 2015 and should be sent to EPA as it becomes available.  EPA prefers data in electronic format.

Please send any information and data you wish to provide to:

Elizabeth Gaige (3WP30)
Office of Standards, Assessment & TMDLs
1650 Arch Street
Middle Atlantic Region
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Gaige.Elizabeth@epa.gov

For further information regarding this solicitation, please contact Elizabeth Gaige at (215) 814-5676, or email Gaige.Elizabeth@epa.gov.

 

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UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

REGION III

1650 Arch Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19103-2029

 

 

Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program

Notice of Final Permit for Pennsylvania General Energy, LLC

 

           

The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III announced on March 19,   2014, the issuance of a final permit under the authority of the federal UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146 and 147 to Pennsylvania General Energy, LLC (PGE).  This permit authorizes  the construction and operation of a UIC Class II-D (brine disposal) injection well, located in Grant Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

 

            EPA Region III public noticed the draft permit and statement of basis for this permit application on September 18, 2013, and held a public hearing on October 28, 2013, at the Grant Township Municipal Building located in Marion Center, PA.  EPA Region III evaluated oral testimony presented at the hearing as well as written comments received during the public comment period.  Based on all of the public comments received, EPA is issuing a final permit to PGE.  The final permit has an added provision in Part II, Section B.2 which requires the automatic shut down of injection in the event that the well incurs a mechanical integrity failure.

 

            The administrative record for this permitting action remains available for public review during normal business hours at the Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection, Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.  Copies of the final permit and EPA Region III’s responsiveness summary to public comments are available for review at the following EPA Region III websites:

 

http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/pdf/public_notices/PennsylvaniaGeneralEnergyResponsivenessSummary.pdf

 

http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/pdf/public_notices/PennsylvaniaGeneralEnergyFinalPermit.pdf

 

 

            The responsiveness summary also describes the procedure for appealing this permit decision.  A petition for review of the permit must be filed within 30 days of the date of the effective date of this notice, as described in more detail in the responsiveness summary. 

 

            Individuals interested in further information regarding this permit decision may contact Stephen Platt by email at platt.steve@epa.gov, by telephone at 215-814-5464, or through regular mail at the above address.

 

 

 

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U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, REGION 3
Water Protection Division, Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
Ground Water Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL (UIC) PROGRAM

Notice of Final Permit for Windfall Oil and Gas


The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III announced on February 14, 2014, the issuance of a final permit under the authority of the federal UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146 and 147 to Windfall Oil and Gas. This permit authorizes the construction and operation of a UIC Class II-D (brine disposal) injection well, located in Brady Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

EPA Region III originally public noticed the draft permit on November 7, 2012, and held a public hearing on December 10, 2012, at the Brady Township Community Center located in Luthersburg, PA. EPA Region III evaluated oral testimony presented at the hearing as well as written comments received during the public comment period. An additional public notice was conducted on August 11, 2013, to specifically address seismicity issues raised during the original public comment period. Additional comments were received. Based on all of the public comments received, EPA is issuing a final permit to Windfall Oil and Gas. The final permit has an added provision in Part II, Section C.2 which requires the automatic shut down of injection in the event that the well incurs a mechanical integrity failure.

The administrative record for this permitting action remains available for public review during normal business hours at the Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection, Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Copies of the final permit and EPA Region III’s response to summary comments are available for review:

Windfall Oil and Gas Response to Summary Comments (PDF)(17pp, 266.86KB)

Windfall Fall Final Permit (PDF) (16pp, 18.49MB)

The response to summary comments also describes the procedure for appealing this permit decision. A petition for review of the permit must be filed within 30 days of date of this notice, as described in more detail in the response to summary comments.

iIndividuals interested in further information regarding this permit decision may contact Roger Reinhart by email platt.steve@epa.gov ,or by telephone at 215-814-5464, or through regular mail at the above address.


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U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, REGION 3
Water Protection Division, Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
Ground Water Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL (UIC) PROGRAM

Notice of Final Permit for Seneca Resources Corporation


The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III announced on January 28, 2014, the issuance of a final permit under the authority of the federal UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146 and 147 to Seneca Resources Corporation. This permit authorizes the construction and operation of one UIC Class II-D brine disposal injection well, located in Highland Township, Elk County, Pennsylvania.

EPA Region III originally public noticed the draft permit on November 7, 2012, and held a public hearing on December 11, 2012, at the Highland Township Fire Hall located in James City, PA. EPA Region III evaluated oral testimony presented at the hearing as well as written comments received during the public comment period. An additional public notice was conducted on August 11, 2012, to specifically address seismicity issues raised during the original public comment period. Additional comments were received. Based on all of the public comments received, EPA is issuing a final permit to Seneca Resources Corporation. The final permit has added a provision which requires the automatic shut down of injection in the event that the well incurs a mechanical integrity failure.

The administrative record for this permitting action remains available for public review during normal business hours at the Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection, Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Copies of the final permit and EPA Region III’s response to summary comments are available for review:

Seneca Final Permit (PDF) (13pp, 2.35MB)

Seneca Responsivness Summary (PDF) (14pp, 9.37MB)

The response to summary comments also describes the procedure for appealing this permit decision. A petition for review of the permit must be filed within 30 days of date of this notice, as described in more detail in the response to summary comments.

iIndividuals interested in further information regarding this permit decision may contact Roger Reinhart by email reinhart.roger@epa.gov , or by telephone at 215-814-5462, or through regular mail at the above address.


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U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, REGION 3
Water Protection Division, Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
Ground Water Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Cranberry Townshhip, Venango County, PA

Stonehaven Energy Management LLC

UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL (UIC) PROGRAM

NOTICE OF FINAL PERMIT

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, issued a final permit to Stonehaven Energy Management, LLC, on October 24, 2013, under the authority of the federal UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 145, 146 and 147. This permit authorizes the construction and operation of one UIC Class II-D brine disposal injection well, the Latshaw #9, at the Stonehaven Energy Management disposal facility, located at the Tippery Field in Cranberry Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania.

EPA Region III held a public hearing on this proposed permit on June 12, 2012, at the Seneca Volunteer Fire Department Community Center in Seneca, Pennsylvania. Region III evaluated oral testimony presented at the hearing, as well as written comments received during the public comment period, and initially issued the permit as final on September 24, 2012. After the permit was issued, a petition for appeal was filed with EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB). On March 28, 2013, the EAB remanded the permit to EPA Region III. The remand indicated that, in issuing a final permit, the Region must address, based on evidence on the record, earthquake risk and the existence of faults or fractures in the confining zone. In particular, the EAB found that the Region did not identify in the record the basis for its conclusions that there is no evidence of seismic activity in the well area and that there are no transmissive faults that intersect or could be influenced by the intended zone of injection.

Pursuant to the EAB remand, the Region documented the evidence that supports its conclusions regarding the lack of evidence of seismic activity and that there are no faults that intersect or could be influenced by the intended injection zone. The Region developed a Supplemental Statement of Basis which addresses the issues raised in the remand, and cites the evidence supporting its conclusions. On July 11, 2013, the Region issued the Supplemental Statement of Basis and a public notice to reopen the public comment period limited to the specific issues from the EAB remand mentioned above. It also provided the Supplemental Statement of Basis EPA Region III Responsiveness Summary to Public Comment on New Information (PDF)(4pp, 73.91KB)to all individuals who submitted oral and written comments regarding this permitting action and posted this information on EPA Region III’s web site. The 60-day public comment period closed September 11, 2013. EPA received comments from one commenter in this supplemental public comment period. EPA did not receive any new information from the public to indicate that the proposed project would be a cause for seismicity in the area nor did it receive any information which indicated that any transmissive faults exist within the intended zone of injection.

The administrative record for this permitting action remains available for public review during normal business hours at the EPA Region III Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection, Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 124.19(f), the issuance of this permit completes the remand procedures and constitutes final agency action for the purposes of judicial review.

Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the permit by contacting Stephen Platt platt.stephen@epa.gov UIC Section (3WP22), Ground Water and Enforcement Branch, U. S. EPA, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, or by phone at (215) 814-5464.


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U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, REGION 3
Water Protection Division, Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
Ground Water Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Cranberry Townshhip, Venango County, PA

Stonehaven Energy Management LLC

UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL (UIC) PROGRAM

NOTICE OF FINAL PERMIT

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, issued a final permit to Stonehaven Energy Management, LLC, on October 24, 2013, under the authority of the federal UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 145, 146 and 147. This permit authorizes the construction and operation of one UIC Class II-D brine disposal injection well, the Latshaw #9, at the Stonehaven Energy Management disposal facility, located at the Tippery Field in Cranberry Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania.

EPA Region III held a public hearing on this proposed permit on June 12, 2012, at the Seneca Volunteer Fire Department Community Center in Seneca, Pennsylvania. Region III evaluated oral testimony presented at the hearing, as well as written comments received during the public comment period, and initially issued the permit as final on September 24, 2012. After the permit was issued, a petition for appeal was filed with EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB). On March 28, 2013, the EAB remanded the permit to EPA Region III. The remand indicated that, in issuing a final permit, the Region must address, based on evidence on the record, earthquake risk and the existence of faults or fractures in the confining zone. In particular, the EAB found that the Region did not identify in the record the basis for its conclusions that there is no evidence of seismic activity in the well area and that there are no transmissive faults that intersect or could be influenced by the intended zone of injection.

Pursuant to the EAB remand, the Region documented the evidence that supports its conclusions regarding the lack of evidence of seismic activity and that there are no faults that intersect or could be influenced by the intended injection zone. The Region developed a Supplemental Statement of Basis which addresses the issues raised in the remand, and cites the evidence supporting its conclusions. On July 11, 2013, the Region issued the Supplemental Statement of Basis and a public notice to reopen the public comment period limited to the specific issues from the EAB remand mentioned above. It also provided the Supplemental Statement of Basis EPA Region III Responsiveness Summary to Public Comment on New Information (PDF)(4pp, 73.91KB)to all individuals who submitted oral and written comments regarding this permitting action and posted this information on EPA Region III’s web site. The 60-day public comment period closed September 11, 2013. EPA received comments from one commenter in this supplemental public comment period. EPA did not receive any new information from the public to indicate that the proposed project would be a cause for seismicity in the area nor did it receive any information which indicated that any transmissive faults exist within the intended zone of injection.

The administrative record for this permitting action remains available for public review during normal business hours at the EPA Region III Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection, Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 124.19(f), the issuance of this permit completes the remand procedures and constitutes final agency action for the purposes of judicial review.

Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the permit by contacting Stephen Platt platt.stephen@epa.gov UIC Section (3WP22), Ground Water and Enforcement Branch, U. S. EPA, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, or by phone at (215) 814-5464.


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