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Naugatuck, West Virginia

Mingo County Public Service District

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Date of Categorical Exclusion:: Jauaary 31, 2014

Comments will be accepted until: March 4, 2014

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.


Official Project Name:

Mingo County Public Service District
For the Naugatuck to East Kermit Water Service Extension Project

Project Location:

Mr. J. B. Heflin, General Manager
Mingo County Public Service District
1 Riverside Drive
Naugatuck, West Virginia 25685


NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The Mingo County Public Service District (MCPSD) proposes to use their grant funds for the extension of a public water line to serve approximately 31 residential customers along Route 52 from Naugatuck to the eastern end of Kermit, West Virginia in Mingo County. Remaining grant money will be used on a water line extension project in the Bear Creek area. The Bear Creek water line extension project was addressed in a Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) document issued by the USDA Rural Utilities Service. EPA accepted that FNSI in a document dated January 15, 2014.

The Naugatuck to East Kermit project will involve the installation of approximately 17,200 linear feet of 8 inch Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) C-900 water line, 3,656 linear feet of 2 inch PVC C-900 water line, 29 gate valves, 13 fire hydrants, and all other necessary appurtenances. All work will take place within the right-of-way of Route 52, in areas previously disturbed by road construction.

C900 is a category of SDR pipe that is the same diameter as ductile iron pipe. SDR stands for "Standard Dimension Ratio" and refers to a ratio of wall thickness to actual pipe outer diameter. C900 Pressure Class is defined as the “pipe’s designated design capacity (psi) that corresponds with its recommended safe sustained operating pressure”. Pressure class designations include an allowance for pressure surges above the maximum sustained operating pressure caused by instantaneous velocity changes of 2 ft/sec.

The residents in the project service area get their drinking water from on-site wells. Public sewers are not available in the project area and the local residents rely on on-lot septic systems for wastewater disposal. Many of these on-lot systems are malfunctioning. Another cause for concern is the coal mining activity in the area that could contribute contaminants to the ground and surface water systems. The Special Appropriation Act Project funds, along with other Federal and State funds, will be used to install drinking water conveyance lines. Details of the work, including environmental considerations and comparison of alternatives, are contained in the Environmental Report prepared by Thrasher Engineering.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The water line extension will resolve potential public health issues in the project area, protect against well failure from drought conditions, and provide fire protection for the residents. The long term environmental benefit will be the protection of public health through the delivery of safe drinking water.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

Valerie Breznicky
breznicky.valerie@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5765


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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Kunzler & Company, Inc., Lancaster, PA

NOTICE OF INTENT TO LODGE CONSENT AGREEMENT
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 through February 17, 2014

Date of Notice: January 7, 2014

Comment Period: Forty (40) days from date of publication: 1/7/2014 - 2/17/2014

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"), Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) (PDF) (10 pp, 7.31MB) which commences and concludes an administrative action for violations of Section 301 of the Clean Water Act, against Kunzler & Company, Inc. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The CAFO propose to assess an administrative penalty of $40,000. 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 :Kunzler & Company, Inc.
652 Manor Street
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17604

Docket Number:
EPA Docket No.: CWA-03-2014-0038

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:

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: . A press release is available at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/Press%20Releases%20From%20Region%203!OpenView

Interested parties may contact the following EPA representatives to learn more about this action:

Mark Bolender
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency--Region III (3RC20)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-2642
bolender.mark@epa.gov

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U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, REGION 3
Water Protection Division, Office of NPDES Permits and Enforcement
NPDES Permits Branch (3WP41)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Super Concrete Corporation DC0000175

EPA Region III is offering the Super Concrete NPDES Permit for Public Notice

Public Comments will be accepted until December 18, 2013


notice: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III (EPA) is offering a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to Super Concrete Corporation for its Fort Totten Ready-Mix Concrete Plant located in Washington, DC. The public comment period will begin on November 15, 2013 and will close on December 18, 2013. This permit will be issued in accordance with the provisions of the Clean Water Act, as amended, 33 U.S.C. §1251 et seq and in accordance with regulations found at 40 C.F.R. Parts 122, 123, 124, 125 and 129. The permit is necessary for the discharge of process and stormwater discharges from Outfall 004 to an unnamed tributary to the Anacostia River.


description:Super Concrete submitted an application to EPA in May of 2013 requesting to renew its NPDES permit that was last issued in 2008. This permit authorizes the intermittent discharge of process and storm water wastes from one outfall, identified as 004, to a concrete lined swale which flows into an unnamed tributary to the Anacostia River. The majority of the treated effluent from the process water and precipitation runoff is recycled and reused in the manufacture of finished concrete products. Pollutants in the discharge include, among other things, total suspended solids and pH.


opportunity for comment: EPA has requested that the Government of the District of Columbia, Department of the Environment provide Clean Water Act Section 401 certification for this facility. Comments related to the 401 certification or to water quality issues may submit written comments to the D.C. Department of the Environment (DDOE), attention Collin Burrell, Natural Resources Administration, 51 N Street, N.E., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20002.


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. Copies of the draft permit and factsheet may be reviewed on the EPA Region III website. Copies of the draft permit, fact sheet and administrative record are available at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library located at 901 G Street, NW, and the EPA Region III office. Please mail public comments on the draft NPDES permit , Super Concrete Permit PDF)(18pp, 86.96KB);, and fact sheet Super Concrete fact sheet (PDF) (8pp, 50.04KB) to the EPA address listed above to the attention of Mary Letzkus, or e-mail comments to letzkus.mary@epa.gov, by Wednesday, December 18, 2013.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Interested persons may obtain further information by contacting Mary Letzkus at the address listed above or by phone at 215-814-2087.


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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

Hurricane District, Buchanan County, Virginia

Cardno MM&A

PROPOSAL TO ISSUE A FINAL UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PERMIT FOR CARDNO MM&A,

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT, AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC HEARING

Public Comments will be accepted until December 2, 2013


notice: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III (EPA) plans to issue an Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit to Cardno MM&A 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 three (3) class II-R injection wells.


description:Cardno MM&A submitted an application to EPA in February, 2013 requesting to convert three (3) existing coal bed methane production wells, owned by CNX Gas Company LLC, into class II-R injection wells for the purpose of enhanced recovery of coal bed methane. The proposed injection wells are located in the Oakwood Coal Bed Methane field, in the Hurricane District of Buchanan County, Virginia. EPA developed a draft permit which allows Cardno MM&A to convert three coal bed methane production wells into injection wells and to inject liquid carbon dioxide into coal seams of the Lee and Pocahontas Formations, for a period of twelve (12) months. The draft permit Virginia Tech-Cardno Permit (PDF)(12pp, 129.49KB); and a statement of the basis VA Tech Statement of Basis (PDF) (4pp, 80.94KB) for the conditions of the permit, were made available for public comment from August 27 to September 27, 2013. During that time, EPA received only one (1) comment. The comment was from the applicant, Cardno MM&A, and pertained to the methodology EPA used to calculate the maximum allowable injection pressure for one of the three proposed injection wells. EPA has reviewed the comment, and found it to have merit. The maximum allowable bottom hole injection pressure for well DD-8 has been changed from 1153 psi to 1535 psi.


opportunity for comment: EPA requests public comment on the change in the maximum allowable injection pressure for well DD-8. Please mail public comments on the draft underground injection permit to the EPA address listed above to the attention of Michael Eller, or e-mail comments to eller.michael@epa.gov, by December 2, 2013. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM at:

Appalachian School of Law
Booth Center Classroom/Reception Hall
1169 Edgewater Drive Grundy, Virginia 24614


Requests to hold a public hearing must be received by EPA in the office listed above by Monday, December 2, 2013. 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 changes in the draft 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 also available for review and inspection at the Buchanan County Public Library, 1185 Poetown Street, Grundy, Virginia 24614.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Interested persons may obtain further information by contacting Michael Eller at the address listed above or by phone at 215-814-5427.


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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


Ervinton District, Dickenson County, Virginia
EQT Production Company Permit #s VAS2D927BDIC & VAS2D932BDIC

Public Comments will be accepted until November 21, 2013


notice: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III (EPA) plans to reissue two Underground Injection Control (UIC) permits to EQT Production Company (EQT) under the authority of the Federal UIC regulations at 40 C.F.R. Parts 124, 144, 146, and 147. These permits are necessary to operate two Class II-D brine disposal injection wells, one at each facility.


description: EQT submitted two requests to reissue these permits. The wells would be used for the continued injection of fluids produced in association with EQT Corporation’s oil and gas production operations. The injection wells are located in Ervinton District, Dickenson County, Virginia. EPA has developed two draft permits VAS2D932BDIC Draft Permit (PDF) (12pp, 97KB); and VAS2D927BDIC Draft Permit (PDF) (12pp, 90KB); and VAS2D932BDIC Statement of Basis (PDF) (4pp, 38KB) and VAS2D927BDIC Statement of Basis (PDF) (5pp, 46KB) which allow EQT Production Company to continue operating two brine disposal wells that inject produced fluids from oil and gas operations into the Weir Formation at a depth of approximately 4281 feet (VAS2D932BDIC) and 4729 feet (VAS2D927BDIC).


opportunity for comment: EPA requests public comment on its findings that the proposed injection activity in each draft permit is unlikely to pose a risk to underground sources of drinking water. Please mail public comments on the draft UIC permits to the EPA address listed above to the attention of James Bennett, or e-mail comments to bennett.james@epa.gov, by November 21, 2013. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Dickenson County Court House, 293 Clintwood Main Street, Clintwood, VA 24228-0190. Requests to hold a public hearing must be received by EPA in the office listed above by Thursday, November 14, 2013. 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 permits, is evidenced by the above date.


AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION: The Administrative Record for these draft permits 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 Jonnie B. Deel Memorial Library, 198 Chase Street, Clintwood, Virginia 24228.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Interested persons may obtain further information by contacting James Bennett at the address listed above or by phone at 215-814-5469.


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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

Grant Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania General Energy Company, LLC (PGE) PAS2D013BIND

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 28, 2013


notice: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III (EPA) plans to issue an Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit to PGE 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-D brine disposal injection well.


description: PGE submitted an application to EPA in February, 2013 requesting to convert a gas production well, the Marjorie C. Yanity 1025, to a privately owned brine disposal injection well. The well would be used for the injection of fluids produced in association with PGE’s oil and gas production operations. The proposed injection well is located in Grant Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. EPA has developed a draft permit Draft Permit (PDF) (14pp, 139.32MB); and Statement of Basis (PDF) (6pp, 125.71KB) which allows PGE to convert a gas production well into a brine disposal well and to inject produced fluids from oil and gas operations into the Huntersville Chert Formation at a depth of 7532 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 Stephen Platt, or e-mail comments to platt.steve@epa.gov, by October 28, 2013. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Monday, October 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Grant Township, PA Municipal Building, 100 East Run Road, Marion Center, PA 15759. Requests to hold a public hearing must be received by EPA in the office listed above by Friday, October 18, 2013. 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 Indiana Free Library, 845 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701.


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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Hurricane District, Buchanan County, Virginia

Cardno MM&A

PROPOSAL TO ISSUE A FINAL UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PERMIT FOR CARDNO MM&A,

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC HEARING

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

Public Comments will be accepted until September 24, 2013


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III (EPA) plans to issue an Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit to Cardno MM&A 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 three (3) class II-R injection wells.


DESCRIPTION: Cardno MM&A submitted an application to EPA in February, 2013 requesting to convert three (3) existing coal bed methane production wells, owned by CNX Gas Company LLC, into class II-R injection wells for the purpose of enhanced recovery of coal bed methane. The proposed injection wells are located in the Oakwood Coal Bed Methane field, in the Hurricane District of Buchanan County, Virginia. EPA has developed a draft permit which allows Cardno MM&A to convert three coal bed methane production wells into injection wells and to inject liquid carbon dioxide into coal seams of the Lee and Pocahontas Formations, for a period of twelve (12) months.


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 underground injection permit to the EPA address listed above to the attention of Michael Eller, or e-mail comments to eller.michael@epa.gov, by September 24, 2013. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM at:

Appalachian School of Law
Booth Center Classroom/Reception Hall
1169 Edgewater Drive
Grundy, Virginia 24614


Requests to hold a public hearing must be received by EPA in the office listed above by Friday, September 13, 2013. 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 also available for review and inspection at the Buchanan County Public Library, 1185 Poetown Street, Grundy, Virginia 24614, or electronically below.

Statement of basis (PDF) (8pp, 146KB)
Draft permit (PDF) (12pp, 129KB)


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

Michael Eller
U.S. EPA, Region III (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

215-814-5427
eller.michael@epa.gov


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City of Salisbury, Maryland

Plant Drain Pump Station Project

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Date of Categorical Exclusion:: August 14, 2013

Comments will be accepted until: September 16, 2013


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

City of Salisbury, Maryland
Plant Drain Pump Station Project
Salisbury Wastewater Treatment Plant
XP-963211-01

Project Applicant:

Honorable James Ireton
Mayor, City of Salisbury
125 North Division Street
Salisbury, Maryland 21801

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The City of Salisbury, Maryland, proposes to replace the Plant Drain Pump station (PDPS) which serves the Salisbury Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project will demolish the existing pump station and associated valve box, and it will construct a new pump station, valve vault and flow meter vault. Also the project will replace several gravity sewers and drain pipes that connect to the pump station. All of the proposed work will be within the boundaries of the existing wastewater treatment plant site.

The PDPS is the collection point for the various side streams which are created by the wastewater treatment process. For example, a filter system needs to be backwashed to maintain its treatment effectiveness. The backwash water becomes a side stream which requires additional treatment before it can be safely discharged. The PDPS should pump these side streams to the distribution box for the primary clarifiers. Currently for the Salisbury WWTP, side streams are collected from the effluent filter backwash, sludge belt filter press and the condensate from the dryer offgas. The volume of wastewater generated by these side streams is approximately 1.6 million gallons per day (MGD), based on an average daily flow of 8.5 MGD.

The existing pumps in the PDPS are inoperable. Portable pumps are currently being used to pump the flows to the recycle equalization tank. Also, the PDPS is undersized to meet the needs of the plant. And the drain lines that connect to the PDPS are undersized and poorly configured which allows backwash water to occasionally overflow a nearby manhole. This proposed project will address all of these problems.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

There are no significant adverse environmental effects expected by the construction of this project. Construction activity will be limited to the existing treatment plant, an area that has been fully disturbed by previous construction activities, and it will conform to Maryland’s Erosion and Sedimentation Policy.

The proposed project will replace an inoperable PDPS and undersized drain lines. The project will improve the treatment of the side streams and prevent the overflow of backwash water from a manhole.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

David McAdams
mcadams.david@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5764


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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Stonehaven Energy Management, LLC Venango County, PA

EPA Region III Response to Environmental Appeals Board Remand

Underground Injection Control Permit PAS2D010BVEN

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

Public Comments will be accepted until September 11, 2013

DESCRIPTION: On March 28, 2013, the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) remanded to EPA Region III (Region) an Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit which had been issued to Stonehaven Energy Management, LLC (Stonehaven) in Cranberry Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania. (See In Regard to Stonehaven Energy Management, LLC, UIC Appeal No. 12-02, EAB March 28, 2013). This permit authorized the construction and operation of one Class II-D brine disposal injection well, the Latshaw #9. The EAB remanded the permit to the Region based on its conclusion that the Region did not provide adequate support in the administrative record for its response to public comments on the geologic features of the injection zone and the risk of earthquakes. The EAB remanded the permit to the Region to address, based upon evidence of the record, earthquake risk and the existence of faults or fractures in the confining and injection zone. The remand was limited to this one particular issue as outlined in the Supplemental Statement of Basis (PDF) (6pp, 79.95KB). Here the Region supplements the record to clarify and provide additional evidence to support its determination that there is no evidence of seismic activity or of known faults in the well area. In addition, the Region provides information on why earthquakes do not pose a risk to the construction and operation of the injection well, if one were to be felt in the area. The document is also available for review at the Oil City Public Library, 2 Central Ave., Oil City, PA.


OPPRORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Pursuant to the EAB remand, and to 40 C.F.R. 124.14, the Region is reopening the public comment period on this permit. The Region requests public comment on its findings that there is no evidence of seismic activity or known faults located in the well area and on why earthquakes do not pose a risk to the construction and operation of the injection well. Subject to public comment on the Region’s findings, the Region intends to issue the UIC permit to Stonehaven, for the Latshaw #9, as proposed during the earlier comment period with one modification. The Region intends to require in the permit one more monitoring well in addition to three monitoring wells already included in the permit. The additional monitoring well would be located northwest of the injection well and, like the other monitoring wells, will be used to monitor changes in fluid level. The reopening of the public comment period is limited to these two issues: 1) the question remanded from EAB on the Region’s determination regarding seismic activity, faults and risk of earthquakes concerning this well; and 2) the addition of a monitoring well. Please mail or email public comments to the EPA representative listed below.


AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION: Information on the issues on which the Region is requesting comment is available for public inspection during normal business hours at:

EPA Region III
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Information is also available for review at the Oil City Public Library, 2 Central Ave., Oil City, PA. This information includes the petition for appeal, the Region’s response to the petition, the EAB remand to the Region, and a supplemental statement of basis well as supplemental information developed and collected by the Region to support its findings.

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

Stephen Platt
U.S. EPA, Region III (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
215-814-5464
platt.steve@epa.gov

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Underground Injection Control Permit PAS2D025BELK

Seneca Resources Corporation, Highland Township, Elk County, Pennsylvania

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

Public Comments will be accepted until September 11, 2013

DESCRIPTION: On November 7, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III (Region) issued a public notice requesting comment on the proposed issuance of an Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit, PAS2D025BELK, to Seneca Resources Corporation (Seneca). Comments raised during the public comment period ending December 31, 2012, raised a substantial question related to seismicity concerns about the proposed well.  Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. 124.14(b), the Region is reopening the public comment period on this draft permit.  The Region requests public comment on its proposed findings that the well as permitted is unlikely to pose a risk of induced seismicity and as to why earthquakes do not pose a risk to the construction and operation of the injection well.  The reopening of the public comment period is limited to these issues. The Region has supplemented the record to clarify and to provide additional evidence to support its proposed findings as outlined in the Supplemental Statement of Basis (PDF) (4pp, 3.48MB) and is available for review at the Friends Memorial Library, 230 Chase Street, Kane, Pennsylvania.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Information on the issues on which the Region is requesting comment is available for public inspection during normal business hours at:

EPA Region III
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103


AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION: This information is also available at the Friends Memorial Library, 230 Chase Street, Kane, Pennsylvania. Please mail public comments on the specified issues to the EPA address listed above, to the attention of Roger Reinhart, until September 11, 2013. You may also send comments during the same time period to the following email address: reinhart.roger@epa.gov.

 

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

Roger Reinhart
U.S. EPA, Region III (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
215-814-5462
reinhart.roger@epa.gov

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Underground Injection Control Permit PAS2D020BCLE

Windfall Oil and Gas, Inc., Brady Township, Clearfield County,PA

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

Public Comments will be accepted until September 11, 2013

DESCRIPTION: On November 7, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III (Region) issued a public notice requesting comment on the proposed issuance of an Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit, PAS2D020BCLE, to Windfall Oil and Gas, Inc. (Windfall).  Comments raised during the public comment period ending December 31, 2012, raised a substantial question related to seismicity concerns about the proposed well.  Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. 124.14(b), the Region is reopening the public comment period on this draft permit.  The Region requests public comment on its proposed findings that the well as permitted is unlikely to pose a risk of induced seismicity and as to why earthquakes do not pose a risk to the construction and operation of the injection well.  The reopening of the public comment period is limited to these issues. The Region has supplemented the record to clarify and to provide additional evidence to support its proposed findings as outlined in the Supplemental Statement of Basis (PDF) (4pp, 4.13MB) and is available for review at the Dubois Public Library, 31 S. Brady Street, DuBois, PA 15801.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Information on the issues on which the Region is requesting comment is available for public inspection during normal business hours at:

EPA Region III
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103


AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION: This information is also available at the Dubois Public Library, 31 S. Brady Street, DuBois, PA 15801. Please mail public comments on the specified issues to the EPA address listed above, to the attention of S. Stephen Platt, until September 11, 2013. You may also send comments during the same time period to the following email address: platt.steve@epa.gov.


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

Stephen Platt
U.S. EPA, Region III (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
215-814-5464
platt.steve@epa.gov


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Hurricane District, Buchanan County, Virginia

Cardno MM&A

PROPOSAL TO ISSUE A FINAL UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PERMIT FOR CARDNO MM&A,

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC HEARING

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

Public Comments will be accepted until September 24, 2013


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III (EPA) plans to issue an Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit to Cardno MM&A 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 three (3) class II-R injection wells.


DESCRIPTION: Cardno MM&A submitted an application to EPA in February, 2013 requesting to convert three (3) existing coal bed methane production wells, owned by CNX Gas Company LLC, into class II-R injection wells for the purpose of enhanced recovery of coal bed methane. The proposed injection wells are located in the Oakwood Coal Bed Methane field, in the Hurricane District of Buchanan County, Virginia. EPA has developed a draft permit which allows Cardno MM&A to convert three coal bed methane production wells into injection wells and to inject liquid carbon dioxide into coal seams of the Lee and Pocahontas Formations, for a period of twelve (12) months.


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 underground injection permit to the EPA address listed above to the attention of Michael Eller, or e-mail comments to eller.michael@epa.gov, by September 24, 2013. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM at:

Appalachian School of Law
Booth Center Classroom/Reception Hall
1169 Edgewater Drive
Grundy, Virginia 24614


Requests to hold a public hearing must be received by EPA in the office listed above by Friday, September 13, 2013. 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 also available for review and inspection at the Buchanan County Public Library, 1185 Poetown Street, Grundy, Virginia 24614, or electronically below.

Statement of basis (PDF) (8pp, 146KB)
Draft permit (PDF) (12pp, 129KB)


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

Michael Eller
U.S. EPA, Region III (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5427
eller.michael@epa.gov


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Large Valve Replacements: Contract Number 11

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Date of Categorical Exclusion: August 8, 2013

Comments will be accepted until: September 9, 2013


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Large Valve Replacements: Contract Number 11
Drinking Water Improvements
Project FS-993812-11

Project Location:

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
5000 Overlook Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20032

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The water distribution system in the District of Columbia serves a resident population of approximately 550,000 people. Commuters, tourists, and visitors increase this to about 1,000,000 on a typical day, and up to 1,200,000 during peak summer months.

Raw, untreated water is from the Potomac River. This raw water is treated at two water treatment plants, which are operated by the Army Corps of Engineers Washington Aqueduct Division. The Washington Aqueduct Division additionally operates a pumping station and three reservoirs within the system. The remainder of the system consisting of four pumping stations, five reservoirs, three elevated storage tanks and water distribution piping, is operated by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (aka “DC Water” or “DC WASA”).

The distribution system contains several thousand valves, which are used to maintain and control the flow of water through the system. The valves serve two primary functions: maintenance of operating pressures in the system and the ability to bypass and isolate sections of the system for maintenance and repairs. Due to the importance of these functions DC Water has an ongoing valve maintenance program, which consists of regularly scheduled checking or “exercising” of the valves to ensure proper operation and maintaining a database with this information. During prior valve checking and water main flushing operatireplace a portion of these large diameter defective valves. A smaller part of this project includes the installation of pressure reducing and air/vacuum valves to allow the overall distribution system to operate more effectively and reliably and a shaft to facilitate the physical inspection of some problematic water mains.

This specific project consists of the replacement of thirteen large diameter valves that were found to be either defective or inoperable in the District of Columbia’s water distribution system. The replacement valves vary in size from 16 to 48 inches in diameter and are located throughout Washington. Additionally, in order to interconnect the Second High and Third High Service Areas, each having different operating pressures, two pressure reducing valves along with associated vaults and piping will be installed. An automatic air/vacuum valve along with an associated vault and piping will be installed at the highest elevation point of the 36-inch Second High Service Area pipe to eliminate entrained air in the system. See attachments for the specific locations.

The proposed project work was developed pursuant to recommendations in the past U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Sanitary Surveys to protect the drinking water quality in the District. The completion of this project will improve the reliability of the system by having currently inoperable valves restored to functionality, which will provide DC Water with the ability to isolate smaller sections of the distribution system should maintenance or emergency repairs be required. This will help to protect drinking water quality by allowing smaller sections of the system to be isolated and lower the potential for water quality problems from system breaks. The project will also reduce leakage from defective valves. New pressure reducing values will allow greater flexibility and reliability by connecting adjacent pressure zones or service areas.

Valves to be replaced or newly installed will require excavation. Work locations are in city streets or in public right-of-ways. The contract drawings for this construction contract are available for review at the offices of DC Water.

If the proposed project is not completed, the potential exists for water quality degradation due to microbiological problems from both outward contamination and flow reductions. Valves that are broken in the closed position create unnecessary dead ends with poor water circulation that can result in diminished disinfectant residual and the potential for microbial growth. In addition, operation of the pressurized system will be more difficult without a network of working valves and a larger area then necessary will be impacted when repair or maintenance is required. Moreover, operation and maintenance costs will increase and the water distribution system will become less reliable.

The available alternatives to the one proposed are limited. A “no action” alternative and repair of the valves were evaluated. The valves to be replaced were originally installed between 1905 and 1972 with the majority installed prior to the 1960’s. In many cases the age of the valves makes obtaining repair parts difficult. Also, it is not possible to assess the repairability of the valves until they are fully excavated, which would then require an excessively long interruption of service while new parts are obtained and installed. As a practical matter, each valve will be removed from service and replaced with a new valve purchased under the contract. The old valve will be taken to the DC Water utility yard for condition assessment. If found to be repairable, it will be overhauled, placed in stock and available for future field installation. Non-repairable valves will be disposed of as scrap for recycling.

This project is entitled to receive grant funding under section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 (Public Law 104-182). EPA has determined that the District of Columbia may receive 80% grants for such infrastructure improvement purposes. Accordingly, DC Water, being the responsible authority for the distribution of water within the District, may receive these grants. The estimated cost for Contract Number 11 is $4,081,050 making it eligible for a Federal grant of 80%, or $3,264,840. DC Water will provide the remaining 20% in local matching funds or any unfunded balance for this project through water and sewer revenues.

For this project specifically and for drinking water projects generally, the public has had the opportunity to participate and comment on them since they were included in District of Columbia Combined Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 Intended Use Plan and in the Combined Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 Project Priority List which were distributed by EPA to interested parties on September 14, 2012. Additionally, these documents were posted for comment on the EPA Region III website as well as the websites of DC Water and the District of Columbia Department of the Environment. The comment period ended on October 15, 2012. During this period, one comment was received regarding the possibility of accelerating the construction of the Brentwood Reservoir cover. DC Water was able to do this by including the cover in another project, “Storage Facility Upgrades 3”. Apart from this, no other letters, telephone calls or e-mails were received relative to these documents. Consequently, EPA approved both documents, as revised above, on October 25, 2012 which allowed for the funding of projects listed on them.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The proposed projects are necessary to insure the quality, quantity, and safety of the drinking water supplied to the people of the District of Columbia.

The proposed project will take place in various sections of the District of Columbia. The existing environmental setting of the water service area is predominantly urban residential. The valves to be removed and replaced are located below grade in streets or in urban right-of ways. These areas were previously disturbed during the original construction of the water distribution system.

Based on our evaluation, impacts from the implementation of the proposed project would be short-term, construction-related impacts that could be readily mitigated through prudent and proper construction practices. The areas where construction is to take place have been previously disturbed from typical urban development including utilities, roadways, sidewalks and other related facilities.

Short-term, construction-related impacts for these projects will be associated with air quality, utilities, noise and visual resources impacts. Mitigation for construction activities will be described in the General Requirements of the contract documents. The General Requirements direct the selected construction contractors to adhere to specific provisions that will insure and safeguard property, utilities, historical/archaeological discoveries, preconstruction surveys, environmental controls (erosion and dust control and water pollution prevention), and trench excavation techniques. The contract documents have been approved by EPA.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request.
Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

Kenneth Pantuck
pantuck.kenneth@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5769


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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Small Diameter Water Main Replacements: Contract #9

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Date of Categorical Exclusion: August 1, 2013

Comments will be accepted until: September 3, 2013


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Small Diameter Water Main Replacements: Contract #9
Drinking Water Improvements
Project FS-993814-12

Project Location:

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
5000 Overlook Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20032

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of the proposed project is to replace, on a priority basis, approximately 9.5 miles of “small diameter” water mains, water mains that are 12 inches or less in diameter which were installed mainly between 1870 and 1950, in various portions of the District of Columbia.

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (aka DC Water” or “DC WASA”) water system contains approximately 1,300 miles of pipe, of which, 1,060 miles are 12-inch diameter and smaller. The median age of all the water mains in the DC Water system is 77 years with a median installation date of 1933. Approximately 740 miles of the distribution mains are unlined cast iron pipe which are among the most problematic in the system. These pipes are prone to tuberculation, a condition which reduces hydraulic capacity and can cause a potential water quality concern by creating biofilms and bacteriological activity on the pipe walls. Additionally, these pipes also have a poor record of breaks, leaks, and inadequate pressures.

This project, “Small Diameter Water Main Replacements: Contract #9”, will be divided into two separate construction contracts of approximately equal size. (See attachments) Their objective is to replace these pipes when the condition warrants replacement or to clean and line unlined cast iron pipes provided the existing pipe is in sound condition. When the pipe is replaced, the replacement of appurtenances, such as valves, fire hydrants and house service lines in public space will be included in this project.

DC Water uses a detailed evaluation system which includes computer modeling; historical records on pipe age, material, location, and size; soil conditions; breakage and water loss information; hydraulic and pressure issues; and reported microbial, taste, and color concerns, to prioritize which pipe segments should be candidates for a replacement and rehabilitation program. As a result of this evaluation, approximately 50,000 linear feet of unlined cast iron water main was proposed for this project. .

This project is entitled to receive grant funding under section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 (Public Law 104-182). EPA has determined that the District of Columbia may receive 80% grants for such infrastructure improvement purposes. Accordingly, DC Water, being the responsible authority for the distribution of water within the District, may receive these grants. The estimated cost for Contract Number 9 is $17,000,000 making it eligible for a Federal grant of 80%, or $13,600,000. DC Water will provide the remaining 20% in local matching funds or any unfunded balance for this project through water and sewer revenues. For this project specifically and for drinking water projects generally, the public has had the opportunity to participate and comment on them since they were included in District of Columbia Combined Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 Intended Use Plan and in the Combined Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 Project Priority List which were distributed by EPA to interested parties on September 14, 2012. Additionally, these documents were posted for comment on the EPA Region III website as well as the websites of DC Water and the District of Columbia Department of the Environment. The comment period ended on October 15, 2012. During this period, one comment was received regarding the possibility of accelerating the construction of the Brentwood Reservoir cover. DC Water was able to do this by including the cover in another project, “Storage Facility Upgrades 3”. Apart from this, no other letters, telephone calls or e-mails were received relative to these documents. Consequently, EPA approved both documents, as revised above, on October 25, 2012 which allowed for the funding of projects listed on them.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The proposed project is necessary to insure the quality, quantity, and safety of the drinking water supplied to the people of the District of Columbia.

The proposed project will take place in various sections of the District of Columbia. The existing environmental setting of the water service area is predominantly urban residential. The water mains to be removed and replaced are located below grade in streets or in urban right-of ways. These areas were previously disturbed during the original construction of the water distribution system.

Based on our evaluation and in past similar projects, impacts from the implementation of the proposed project would be short-term, construction-related impacts that could be readily mitigated through prudent and proper construction practices.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

Kenneth Pantuck
pantuck.kenneth@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5769


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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Swords Creek, Virginia

CNX Gas Company, LLC

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 PROGRAM
PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE OF FINAL PERMIT

The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III issued, on May 7, 2013, a final permit under the authority of the Federal UIC Regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, and 146, to CNX Gas Company, LLC (CNX), 2481 John Nash Blvd, Bluefield, WV 24701.  The permit authorizes the operation of one (1) Class IID disposal injection well located at:

Buckhorn Coal Tract
Swords Creek District
Clinch River
Russell County, Virginia
Latitude 37° 07’ 13.6” and Longitude  -81° 57’ 37.5”

The injection wells are to be used for the disposal of fluids, associated with production of oil and gas operations conducted by CNX Gas Company, LLC (CNX).  A federal permit is required to meet the provisions of the EPA administered UIC program in Virginia. 

The Administrative Record for this permit action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours at the office of the UIC Section in the Ground Water and Enforcement Branch of EPA Region III, 1650 Arch Street, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record.  The Administrative Record includes the permit application and all related correspondence. A copy of the final permit is available for inspection at the Honacker Community Library at 10 Library Drive, Honaker, Virginia.

EPA solicited public comment on the proposal to issue a final UIC permit for this facility.  Written comments and requests for a public hearing were to be submitted until March 20, 2013.  The scheduled public hearing for March 27, 2013, was not held due to the lack of public interest.  EPA expressly reserved the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of interest was evidenced.

Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the permit, by contacting James Bennett, UIC Section (3WP22), Ground Water and Enforcement Branch, U. S. EPA, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, or by phone at (215) 814-5469.


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CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA

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

Comments will be accepted until August 19, 2013


Date of Notice: July 9, 2013

NPDES Permit No.:VAR04

Docket No.CWA-03-2013-0127


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) assessing an administrative civil penalty against the Respondent named below, for alleged violations at the facilities listed below.

RESPONDENT:

City of Hampton
305 4th Street N.W.
Charlottesville, VA 22903

FACILITY:

City of Charlottesville Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)


SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS: Respondent violated the terms of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit which authorizes discharges of stormwater through its MS4. The CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to implement all required procedures to reduce stormwater runoff from active construction sites, and implement an operation and maintenance program at municipal facilities to eliminate pollutant runoff. 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 the City of Charlottesville’s MS4 program in March 2012.


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 $26,000.00 penalty. The CAFO both commences and concludes these proceedings. As a result of EPA’s enforcement action, the City of Charlottesville has made several enhancements to its MS4 program.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of 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 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.


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.

Matthew Colip
U.S. EPA, Region III (3WP42)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
215-814-5439
colip.matthew@epa.gov

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CITY OF LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA

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: June 20, 2013
NPDES Permit No.: VAR04
DOCKET NUMBER: CWA-03-2013-0126

Comments will be accepted until July 30, 2013.

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) assessing an administrative civil penalty against the Respondent named below, for alleged violations at the facilities listed below.

RESPONDENT:
City of Lynchburg
525 Taylor Street
Lynchburg, VA 24501
FACILITIES:
City of Lynchburg Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)


SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS: : Respondent violated the terms of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit which authorizes discharges of stormwater through its MS4. The CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to: implement all required procedures to reduce stormwater runoff from active construction sites; implement all measures to inspect all privately owned post construction structural stormwater management facilities within the city and to develop a program to enforce against the owners of such sites if they neglected stormwater maintenance responsibilities; and, implement an operation and maintenance program at municipal facilities to eliminate pollutant runoff. 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 the City of Lynchburg’s MS4 program in March 2012.


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 $32,000.00 penalty. The CAFO both commences and concludes these proceedings. As a result of EPA’s enforcement action, the City of Lynchburg has made several enhancements to its MS4 program.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of 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 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.


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.

Matthew Colip
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103-2029
215-814-5439

colip.matthew@epa.gov


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Baltimore County, 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
Water Protection Division, Office of NPDES Permits and Enforcement, NPDES Enforcement Branch (3WP42)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Date of Notice: May 30, 2013
NPDES Permit No.: MD0068314
DOCKET NUMBER: CWA-03-2013-0124

Comments will be accepted until July 29, 2013.

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) assessing an administrative civil penalty against the Respondent named below, for alleged violations at the facilities listed below.

RESPONDENT:
Baltimore County
105 Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
FACILITIES:
Baltimore County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)
Cockeysville Service Center, 101 Wight Avenue, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
Hopkins Creek Bus Lot, 104 Weber Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21221
Kenwood Bus Facility, 600 Stemmers Run Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21221

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).  Respondent also violated the NPDES permit for discharges of stormwater associated with industrial activity at several county facilities.  The CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) maintain an appropriate illicit discharge detection and elimination program as required by the MS4 permit: (2) have and implement Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) at three county facilities covered under the industrial stormwater NPDES general permit; and (3) comply with the salt pile provisions of the industrial general permit at one county facility.  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 Baltimore County’s MS4 program in March 2011.

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 $47,000.00 penalty.  The CAFO both commences and concludes these proceedings.  As a result of EPA’s enforcement action, Baltimore County has made several enhancements to its MS4 program.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of 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 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.

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.

Peter Gold
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103-2029
215-814-5236
gold.peter@epa.gov 


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Swords Creek, Virginia

CNX Gas Company, LLC

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 PROGRAM
PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE OF FINAL PERMIT

The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III issued, on May 7, 2013, a final permit under the authority of the Federal UIC Regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, and 146, to CNX Gas Company, LLC (CNX), 2481 John Nash Blvd, Bluefield, WV 24701.  The permit authorizes the operation of one (1) Class IID disposal injection well located at:

Buckhorn Coal Tract
Swords Creek District
Clinch River
Russell County, Virginia
Latitude 37° 07’ 13.6” and Longitude  -81° 57’ 37.5”

The injection wells are to be used for the disposal of fluids, associated with production of oil and gas operations conducted by CNX Gas Company, LLC (CNX).  A federal permit is required to meet the provisions of the EPA administered UIC program in Virginia. 

The Administrative Record for this permit action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours at the office of the UIC Section in the Ground Water and Enforcement Branch of EPA Region III, 1650 Arch Street, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record.  The Administrative Record includes the permit application and all related correspondence. A copy of the final permit is available for inspection at the Honacker Community Library at 10 Library Drive, Honaker, Virginia.

EPA solicited public comment on the proposal to issue a final UIC permit for this facility.  Written comments and requests for a public hearing were to be submitted until March 20, 2013.  The scheduled public hearing for March 27, 2013, was not held due to the lack of public interest.  EPA expressly reserved the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of interest was evidenced.

Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the permit, by contacting James Bennett, UIC Section (3WP22), Ground Water and Enforcement Branch, U. S. EPA, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, or by phone at (215) 814-5469.


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LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA

NOTICE OF PROPOSAL TO MODIFY PERMIT;
OPPORTUNITY FOR A PUBLIC HEARING;
AND REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT


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

Date of Notice: June 24, 2013
NPDES Permit No.: PAS2R900BMCK

Comments will be accepted until July 24, 2013.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, plans to modify the Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit, PAS2R900BMCK, held by MarcellX, LLC, under the authority of the Federal UIC regulations at 40 C.F.R. Parts 124, 144, 146, and 147, for the purpose of operating a class II-R injection well for the enhanced recovery of oil. The draft permit allows MarcellX, LLC to increase the maximum operating pressure of the injection well. Although the maximum operating pressure is being increased for this injection well, it has been calculated to prevent the fracturing of the injection zone. The facility where the injection well is located is known as the Allegheny National Forest Warrant 2277 and is located in Lafayette Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania.

The Administrative Record for this draft permit is available for public inspection during normal business hours at the office of the Ground Water and Enforcement Branch in the Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection of EPA Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is included in the Administrative Record and is available to the public for review. A copy of the original permit, the application for modification of the permit, the draft modified permit, statement of basis, public notice and all related correspondence which are also included in the Administrative Record are available for review and inspection at the Bradford Public Library, 67 W. Washington Street, Bradford, PA 16701.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: EPA solicits public comment on the proposal to issue a modified UIC permit for this facility. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Lafayette Township Municipal Building, on Pennsylvania Route 59 in Lewis Run, Pennsylvania. Requests to hold a public hearing must be received in the office listed below by July 17, 2013. 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 modification of the maximum operating pressure, is evidenced by the above date. In any case, the Administrative Record for this action will remain open for public comment until July 24, 2013.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. Interested parties may contact the following EPA representative to learn more about this action or to obtain copies of the draft modified permit (PDF) (15pp, 139K) and the statement of basis (PDF) (3pp, 84K).

Michael Eller
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103-2029
215-814-5427

eller.michael@epa.gov


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Gulf Oil, Limited Partnership
WHITEHALL, PENNSYLVANIA

Notice of Intend to assess administrative penalty
and opportunity for public comment

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III
Hazardous Site Cleanup Division (3HS61)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until July 3, 2013


Docket No.CWA-03-2013-0151


NOTICE: EPA Region III offers for public comment the issuance of a Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) against Gulf Oil Limited Partnership, (“Respondent”), 100 Crossing Blvd. Framingham, Massachusetts 01702. This CAFO alleges two violations of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulations, 40 C.F.R. Part 112, for the Respondent’s gasoline distribution terminal located at 2451 Main Street Whitehall, Pennsylvania 1805 (“Facility”). The public comment period will be open from June 3, 2013 to July 3, 2013.

SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS: On September 16, 2011, EPA Inspectors determined that the Respondent violated the Clean Water Act by failing to implement various requirements of its Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan (“SPCC Plan”). Specifically, the Facility was in violation of the Clean Water Act for failure to protect exposed buried oil piping. Also, the Facility failed to provide secondary containment sufficiently large to contain the tank shell capacity plus sufficient freeboard to allow for precipitation. Respondent corrected the violations by adequately implementing its SPCC Plan at the Facility in 2012. In a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Respondent has agreed to pay a penalty of $45,880.51 for violations of the Oil Spill Prevention regulations at the Facility.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT ON PROPOSED PENALTY ASSESSMENT: 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 thirty (30) days of the date of this public notice. All comments received within this thirty-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.


REGISTER 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.


Wandaliz Mercado

Mercado.wandaliz@Epa.gov
Hazardous Site Cleanup Division
Oil & Prevention Branch (3HS61)
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
215-814-3183

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Hart Resource Technology, Inc

Pennsylvania Brine Treatment, Inc.

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


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until July 1, 2013


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

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, is hereby giving notice that it proposes to enter into two Consent Agreements and to issue two Final Orders (jointly "CAFOs"), which commence and conclude administrative actions for violations of Section 301 of the Clean Water Act against Hart Resource Technologies, Inc. ("Hart"); and Pennsylvania Brine Treatment, Inc. ("PBT"). The Hart CAFO (PDF) (11pp, 844KB) About PDF proposes to assess an administrative penalty of $63,000 against Hart. The PBT CAFO (PDF) (11pp, 650KB) About PDF proposes to assess an administrative penalty of $20,000 against PBT. EPA is authorized to enter into the 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: Hart Resource Technology, Inc.

Address of Respondent: 5035 U.S. Route 110 West
Creekside, Pennsylvania 15732

EPA Docket No. CWA-03-2013-0049

Property located at:
5035 U.S. Route 110
Creekside, Pennsylvania 15732

Name of Case: Pennsylvania Brine Treatment, Inc.

Address of Respondent: 5035 U.S. Route 110 West
Creekside, Pennsylvania 15732
EPA Docket No. CWA-03-2013-0050

Property located at:
5148 U.S. Route 322
Franklin, Pennsylvania 16323
931 Bells Mills Road
Josephine, Pennsylvania 15750


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Section 309(g) of the Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment.  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:

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
crane.rebecca@epa.gov
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2389

Mark Bolender
bolender.mark@epa.gov
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency--Region III (3RC20)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2642

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Lafayette Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania

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 PROGRAM
PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice of Proposal to Issue Final Permit;
Request for Public Comment and Opportunity for a Public Hearing


Requests for a public hearing must be received by May 24, 2013

Public Comments will be accepted until June 5, 2013

description: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region Ill, has developed a draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit (PAS2R902BMCK) for Curtis Oil, Incorporated (Curtis Oil). This draft final permit was developed under the authority of the UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146, and 147, for the purpose of constructing and operating up to nineteen Class II-R injection wells for the enhanced recovery of oil on the Bullymore Lease located in Lafayette Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania. Curtis Oil intends to inject fluids produced in association with their oil production operations (produced fluid) into the Bradford Third Sand Formation. A permit is required to meet the provisions of the EPA administered UIC Program in Pennsylvania.

Supplemental Information: Draft Permit (PDF) (20pp, 1.37MB); Statement of Basis (PDF) (5pp, 41KB)

The Administrative Record for this permit action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours at the Ground Water and Enforcement Branch (3WP22) in the Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection, Water Protection Division of EPA Region Ill, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record. The Administrative Record includes the permit application, draft permit, statement of basis, public notice and all related correspondence. A copy of the information listed above is available for review and inspection at the Bradford Area Public Library, 67 West Wasliington Street, Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701.

opportunity for comment and request for Public Hearing: EPA solicits public comment on the proposal to issue a final UIC permit for these injection wells. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 7:00 PM, at the Lafayette Township Municipal Building, Route 59, Lafayette Township, Pennsylvania.

Requests to hold a public hearing must be received in the office listed below by May 24, 2013. When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised. EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest, specific to the proposed Curtis Oil Bullymore permit, is evidenced by the above date. The Administrative Record for this action will remain open for public comment until June 5, 2013.

Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit and the statement ofbasis, by cOntacting: Stephen Platt at the address listed above, at the following email address, platt.steve@epa.gov, or by phone at (215) 814-5464.

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City of Hampton Virginia

NOTICE OF INTENT TO LODGE CONSENT AGREEMENT
AND FINAL ORDER
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 through June 4, 2013


Date of Notice: April 25, 2013

NPDES Permit No.: VA0088633

Docket No.CWA-03-2013-0095


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 lodge a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) (PDF) (10 pp, 53KB) involving the Respondent named below, for alleged violations at the facility listed below.

RESPONDENT:

City of Hampton
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Virginia 23669

FACILITY:

City of Hampton’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 CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) perform erosion and sediment control inspections in accordance with state requirements: (2) provide copies of erosion and sediment control inspection reports to construction site contractors; and (3) comply with all storm water related ordinances. 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 the City of Hampton’s MS4 program..


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 lodge the CAFO requiring the payment of a $62,000.00 penalty. As a result of EPA’s enforcement action, the City of Hampton has made substantial enhancements to its MS4.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of 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 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.

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.

Peter Gold
U.S. EPA, Region III (3WP42)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
215-814-5236
gold.peter@epa.gov

Mark Bolender
U.S. EPA, Region III (3RC20)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-2642
bolender.mark@epa.gov

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K. Hovnanian Homes of Maryland

NOTICE OF INTENT TO LODGE CONSENT AGREEMENT
AND FINAL ORDER
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 April 8, 201


NPDES Permit No.: 11PG0001 and 10PG0063

Docket No.CWA-03-2012-0170


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 lodge a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) involving the Respondents named below, for alleged violations at five facilities in Virginia and Maryland listed below:

RESPONDENT:

K. Hovnanian Homes of Maryland, LLC
1802 Brightseat Road
Landover, MD 20785

FACILITIES:

The Palisades at Oak Creek and Shipley Farm Construction Sites,
Prince George’s County, Maryland


SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS: : Respondent violated the terms of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general storm water permit at two sites in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) select, install, implement and maintain control measures at the Sites to minimize pollutants in the discharge as necessary to meet applicable water quality standards: (2) take all reasonable measures to prevent the discharge of significant amounts of sediment to surface waters or conveyances systems leading to surface waters; (3) properly operate and maintain all systems of treatment and control (and related appurtenances) which are installed or used by the permittee to achieve compliance with the conditions of the permit; and (4) upon observation or notification of certain triggering events that could result in the discharge of significant amounts of sediment to surface waters, or conveyance systems leading to surface waters, as indicated in Section IV.B of the permit undertake certain actions. These failures constitute violations of Sections 301(a) and 402 of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. §§ 1311(a) and 1342. These violations were discovered during an EPA inspection..


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 issue the CAFO requiring the payment of a $130,000 penalty. As a result of EPA’s enforcement action, K. Hovnanian has brought on additional staff to evaluate storm water controls on construction sites to minimize the likelihood of recurrence.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of 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 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.

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 or to request that their names be put on the Registry of Interested Persons.

Peter Gold
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street (3WP42)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5236

gold.peter@epa.gov

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Bloomfield Hills, MI

PulteGroup, Inc.

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


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until March 26, 2013


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 to issue a Final Order (jointly "CAFO"), which commences and concludes the administrative action against PulteGroup, Inc. The CAFO assesses an administrative penalty of fifty six thousand dollars ($56,000) under Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. Section 1319(g) for violation of Section 301 of the Clean Water Act. The following Pulte Group CAFO (PDF) (13pp, 4.83MB) further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

Name of Case: PulteGroup, Inc.

Address of Respondent: 100 Bloomfield Hills Parkway
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304

EPA Docket No. CWA-03-2013-0094

Property located at:
Metro West Vaden Drive Extension
9624 T Stockwell Lane
Fairfax, Virginia 22031

 

Lakeview at Brandywine
Accokeek Road & Owings Avenue
Brandywine, Maryland 20613

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Section 309(g) of the Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment.  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:

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:

Kyle Zieba
zieba.kyle@epa.gov
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5420

Mark Bolender
bolender.mark@epa.gov
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency--Region III (3RC20)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2642

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Swords Creek, Virginia

CNX Gas Company, LLC

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
Public Comments will be accepted until March 27, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit VAS2D970BRUS for CNX Gas Company, LLC (CNX) under the authority of the UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, and 146. The permit is necessary for the construction and operation of one private Class II-D injection well # AW114ACV to dispose of produced fluids produced in association with oil or gas production operations.

description: CNX submitted a UIC permit application to EPA on June 25, 2012. After review and resolution of application deficiencies, EPA was able to develop a draft final permit. CNX plans to use well # AW114ACV as an injection well to dispose of fluids produced in association with CNX’s oil and gas production. Injection will occur into the Weir Sandstone of the Price Formation. The injection well is located in Swords Creek, Russell County, VA. A permit is required to meet the provisions of the EPA administered UIC Program in Virginia.

opportunity for comment

The Administrative Record for this permitting action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours at:

EPA Region III
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record. The Administrative Record includes the permit application, the draft permit, statement of basis and all related correspondence. A copy of the permit application, draft permit and statement of basis for this permitting action is linked below and is also available for review at the:

Honaker Community Library
10 Library Drive
Honaker, Va 24260

CNX Draft Permit (PDF) (13pp, 74K) ; CNX Statement of Basis (PDF) (4pp, 56K)

EPA solicits public comment on the proposal to issue a final UIC permit for this injection well. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 7:00 PM at:

Southwest Virginia Community College
Buchanan Hall Room B-130
724 Community College Road
Cedar Bluff, VA 24609

Requests to hold this hearing must be received in the office listed above by March 20, 2013. When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised. EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest, specific to this permitting action, is evidenced by the above date. The public comment period for this permitting action will remain open until March 27, 2013.

Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit and statement of basis, by contacting Roger Reinhart at the address listed above, at the following email address, bennett.james@epa.gov, or phone number, 215-814-5469.


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District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

Large Valve Replacements: Contract Number 10

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: February 28, 2013


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Large Valve Replacements: Contract Number 10
Drinking Water Improvements
Project FS-993812-10


Project Location:

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
5000 Overlook Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The DC Water drinking water system serves a resident population of approximately 550,000 people. Commuters, tourists, and visitors increase this to about 1,000,000 on a typical day, and up to 1,200,000 during peak summer months.

The proposed project consists of the replacement of twenty-five large diameter valves, generally 16-inches in diameter or larger, at twenty-one locations that were found to be either defective or inoperable in the District of Columbia’s water distribution system. The replacement valve sizes are distributed as follows: eleven 16-inch valves, six 20-inch valves, four 24-inch valves, one 30-inch valve, and three 36-inch valves. The water mains that connect to these valves vary in diameter from 16 to 36 inches.

The distribution system contains several thousand valves, which are used to maintain and control the flow of water through the system. The valves serve two primary functions: maintenance of operating pressures in the system and the ability to bypass and isolate sections of the system for maintenance and repairs. Due to the importance of these functions, the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (“DC Water” aka “DC WASA”) has an ongoing valve maintenance program, which consists of regularly scheduled checking or “exercising” of the valves to ensure proper operation and maintaining a database with this information. During prior valve checking and water main flushing operations, a number of valves were found to be defective and inoperable, and in need of replacement. The purpose of this project is to replace a portion of these large diameter defective valves.

The proposed project work was developed pursuant to recommendations in the past U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Sanitary Surveys to protect the drinking water quality in the District. The completion of this project will improve the reliability of the system by having currently inoperable valves restored to functionality, which will provide DC Water with the ability to isolate smaller sections of the distribution system should maintenance or emergency repairs be required. This will help to protect drinking water quality by allowing smaller sections of the system to be isolated and lower the potential for water quality problems from system breaks. The project will also reduce leakage from defective valves.

Valves to be replaced are buried and will require excavation. Work locations are in city streets or in public right-of-ways. Detailed work locations are listed in the Attachments. Additionally, the contract drawings are available for review at the offices of DC Water.

The construction sequence of valve replacement is typically as follows:

• Customers are notified in advance of system shut-downs for the work through area Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC’s), door hangers, local postings, and newspaper notices. Shut down time will be minimized and scheduled to avoid high-demand periods for the water system when possible.

• The valve is isolated from the water distribution system by the operation of other valves.

• The area around the valve is excavated to provide access for removal and replacement. Excavations are dewatered and shored as required by the Occupation Safety and Health Administration. If the area is in the street, the area is coned off and traffic is protected and maintained in accordance with the District Department of Transportation’s and DC Water’s standard requirements.

• The existing valve and appurtenant piping is removed and replaced.

• The new valve, and sections of pipe which were temporarily taken out of service, are disinfected in accordance with American Water Works Association (AWWA) guidelines and DC Water’s standard requirements.

• The new valve and sections of pipe are put back into service and the area around the valve is restored to pre-existing conditions.

If the proposed project is not completed, the potential exists for water quality degradation due to microbiological problems from both outward contamination and flow reductions. Valves that are broken in the closed position create unnecessary dead ends with poor water circulation that can result in diminished disinfectant residual and the potential for microbial growth. In addition, operation of the pressurized system will be more difficult without a network of working valves and a larger area then necessary will be impacted when repair or maintenance is required. Moreover, operation and maintenance costs will increase and the water distribution system will become less reliable.

The available alternatives to the one proposed are limited. A “no action” alternative and repair of the valves were evaluated. The valves to be replaced were originally installed between 1905 and 1972 with the majority installed prior to the 1960’s. In many cases the age of the valves makes obtaining repair parts difficult. Also, it is not possible to assess the repairability of the valves until they are fully excavated, which would then require an excessively long interruption of service while new parts are obtained and installed. As a practical matter, each valve will be removed from service and replaced with a new valve purchased under the contract. The old valve will be taken to the DC Water utility yard for condition assessment. If found to be repairable, it will be overhauled, placed in stock and available for future field installation. Non-repairable valves will be disposed of as scrap for recycling.

This project is entitled to receive grant funding under section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 (Public Law 104-182). EPA has determined that the District of Columbia may receive 80% grants for such infrastructure improvement purposes. Accordingly, DC Water, being the responsible authority for the distribution of water within the District, may receive these grants. The estimated cost for Contract Number 7 is $2,020,000 making it eligible for a Federal grant of 80%, or $1,616,240. DC Water will provide the remaining 20% in local matching funds or any unfunded balance for this project through water and sewer revenues.

For this project specifically and for drinking water projects generally, the public has had the opportunity to participate and comment on them since they were included in District of Columbia Combined Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 Intended Use Plan and in the Combined Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 Project Priority List which were distributed by EPA to interested parties on September 14, 2012. Additionally, these documents were posted for comment on the EPA Region III website as well as the websites of DC Water and the District of Columbia Department of the Environment. The comment period ended on October 15, 2012. During this period, one comment was received regarding the possibility of accelerating the construction of the Brentwood Reservoir cover. DC Water was able to do this by including the cover in another project, “Storage Facility Upgrades 3”. Apart from this, no other letters, telephone calls or e-mails were received relative to these documents. Consequently, EPA approved both documents, as revised above, on October 25, 2012 which allowed for the funding of projects listed on them.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The proposed projects are necessary to insure the quality, quantity, and safety of the drinking water supplied to the people of the District of Columbia.

The proposed project will take place in various sections of the District of Columbia. The existing environmental setting of the water service area is predominantly urban residential. The valves to be removed and replaced are located below grade in streets or in urban right-of ways. These areas were previously disturbed during the original construction of the water distribution system.

Based on our evaluation, impacts from the implementation of the proposed project would be short-term, construction-related impacts that could be readily mitigated through prudent and proper construction practices. The areas where construction is to take place have been previously disturbed from typical urban development including utilities, roadways, sidewalks and other related facilities.

Short-term, construction-related impacts for these projects will be associated with air quality, utilities, noise and visual resources impacts. Mitigation for construction activities will be described in the General Requirements of the contract documents. The General Requirements direct the selected construction contractors to adhere to specific provisions that will insure and safeguard property, utilities, historical/archaeological discoveries, preconstruction surveys, environmental controls (erosion and dust control and water pollution prevention), and trench excavation techniques. The contract documents have been approved by EPA.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

Kenneth C. Pantuck
pantuck.kenneth@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5769

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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Chester County Economic Development Council

For the Upper Worthington Infrastructure Improvement Project

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: February 19, 2013


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Chester County Economic Development Council
For the Upper Worthington Infrastructure Improvement Project

Project Applicant:

Ms. Marybeth DiVincenzo
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Chester County Economic Development Council
737 Constitution Drive
Exton, PA 19341

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) has been developing a stormwater impact reduction and green infrastructure project for the East King Development site (a large mixed-use site of residential and retail space), adjacent to the Upper Worthington site in Chester County. The area (formerly used by a heating oil company and other industrial businesses) contains 5 contiguous acres in Malvern Borough and Willistown Township. The project includes stormwater best management practices (BMP) to prevent runoff from the East King Development site flowing into and effecting the Crum and Little Valley Creeks, both of which course through the Worthington site. The Little Valley Creek has been designated an Exceptional Value Stream by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The CCEDC has worked with local representatives to address the stormwater runoff issues through the development of stormwater BMPs in a section of the area that will contain ground level parking lots. The practices are intended to address current drainage problems and direct all drainage to the west side of the property. Among the components of the project are infiltration trenches, seepage pits, filter strips, bioretention basins, rain gardens, grassed swales and sand filters. The Special Appropriation Act Project funds, along with the local match, will be used to install pervious pavers and sidewalks, and landscaping. Details of the work, including management and operational procedures, are contained in the BMP Operations and Maintenance Plan.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The stormwater BMPs will resolve stormwater drainage problems, serve as a demonstration site for other communities, contribute aesthetically to the site and reduce watershed contamination (containing contaminants such as oils, salt and detritus) to the Upper Worthington site. The long term environmental benefits will be the improvement of the water quality in both the Crum Creek and Little Valley Creek.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

Valerie Breznicky
breznicky.valerie@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5765


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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Warren County, Columbus Township, Pennsylvania

Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program
Notice of Final Permit

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

notice:

The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, announced on November 29, 2012, the issuance of two final permits under the authority of the federal UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 145, 146 and 147 to Bear Lake Properties, LLC. These permits authorize the construction and operation of two UIC Class II-D commercial brine disposal injection wells, the Bittinger #1 and the Bittinger #4, at the Bear Lake Properties disposal facility, located in Warren County, Columbus Township, Pennsylvania.

EPA Region III held a public hearing on these proposed permits on March 23, 2011, at the Columbus Township Social Hall, in Columbus Township, PA. Region III evaluated oral testimony presented at the hearing, as well as written comments received during the public comment period, and initially issued the permits as final on June 8, 2011. After the permits were issued, a petition for appeal was filed with EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB). On June 28, 2012, the EAB remanded both permits back to EPA Region III. The remand asked the Region to clarify the record on the location of drinking water wells within the one quarter mile area of review for each of the proposed injection wells. Pursuant to the EAB remand, the Region issued a public notice to reopen the public comment period limited to the specific issue from the EAB remand: the identification of drinking water wells within the one-quarter mile areas of review around each injection well. The 60-day public comment period on this issue closed November 3, 2012, however, because November 3 fell on a Saturday, the Region accepted comments until November 5, 2012. Public comments did not identify any drinking water wells within the one-quarter mile areas of review around each injection well.

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. A copy of the final permits and responsiveness summary, specific to the remand, have been sent to all individuals that submitted oral and written comments regarding this permitting action as well as to individuals that requested this information. Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 124.19(f), the issuance of these permits completes the remand procedures and constitutes final agency action for the purposes of judicial review. The responsiveness summary is also available below.

Responsiveness Summary for Bear Lake permits (PDF) (4pp, 5.72MB)

Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the final permits and responsiveness summary, by contacting Stephen Platt by email platt.steve@epa.gov, by telephone at 215-814-5464, or through regular mail at the above address.


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Brady Township, Pennsylvania

Windfall Oil and Gas, Inc.

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
Public Comments will be accepted until December 10, 2012

 

NOTE:  Comment period has been extended to December 31, 2012

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit PAS2D020BCLE for Windfall Oil and Gas Inc. (Windfall) under the authority of the UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146, and 147. The permit is necessary for the construction and operation of one commercial Class II-D injection well, the Zelman #1, to dispose of produced fluids produced in association with oil or gas production operations.

description:

Windfall submitted a UIC permit application to EPA on April 11, 2012. After review and resolution of application deficiencies, EPA was able to develop a draft final permit. Windfall plans to use the Zelman #1 as a commercial injection well to dispose of fluids produced in association with oil and gas production. Injection will occur into the Huntersville Chert/Oriskany formation. The injection well will be located in Brady Township, Clearfield County, PA. A permit is required to meet the provisions of the EPA administered UIC Program in Pennsylvania.

opportunity for comment

The Administrative Record for this permitting action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours at:

EPA Region III
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record. The Administrative Record includes the permit application, the draft permit, statement of basis and all related correspondence. A copy of the permit application, draft permit and statement of basis for this permitting action is available for review at the:

Dubois Public Library
31 S. Brady Street
DuBois, Pennsylvania 15801

EPA solicits public comment on the proposal to issue a final UIC permit for this injection well. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Monday, December 10, 2012, at 7:00 PM at the:

Brady Township Community Center
71 Community Street
Luthersburg, Pennsylvania 15848

Requests to hold this hearing must be received in the office listed above by December 4, 2012. When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised. EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest, specific to this permitting action, is evidenced by the above date. The public comment period for this permitting action will remain open until December 10, 2012.

 

NOTE:  Comment period has been extended to December 31, 2012

 

Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit and statement of basis, by contacting Stephen Platt at the address listed above, at the following email address, platt.steve@epa.gov, or phone number, 215-814-5464.


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Highland Township, Pennsylvania

Seneca Resources Corporation

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
Public Comments will be accepted until December 11, 2012

NOTE:  Comment period has been extended until December 31, 2012

description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit PAS2D025BELK for Seneca Resources Corporation (Seneca) under the authority of the UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146, and 147. The permit is necessary for the construction and operation of one private Class II-D injection well #38268 to dispose of produced fluids produced in association with oil or gas production operations.

opportunity for comment

The Administrative Record for this permitting action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours at:

EPA Region III
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record. The Administrative Record includes the permit application, the draft permit, statement of basis and all related correspondence. A copy of the permit application, draft permit and statement of basis for this permitting action is available for review at the:

Friends Memorial Library
230 Chase Street
Kane, Pennsylvania 16735

EPA solicits public comment on the proposal to issue a final UIC permit for this injection well. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at 7:00 PM at:

Highland Township Fire Hall
Pennsylvania Avenue
James City, Pennsylvania 16734

Requests to hold this hearing must be received in the office listed above by December 5, 2012. When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised. EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest, specific to this permitting action, is evidenced by the above date. The public comment period for this permitting action will remain open until December 11, 2012.

NOTE:  Comment period has been extended until December 31, 2012

Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit and statement of basis, by contacting Roger Reinhart at the address listed above, at the following email address, reinhart.roger@epa.gov, or phone number, 215-814-5462.


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Perryman Generating Station, MD
900 Chelsea Road
Perryman, MD 21130

Administrative Complaint against Constellation
Power Source Generation, Inc.

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III
Hazardous Site Cleanup Division (3HS61)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until December 28, 2012


Docket No.CWA-03-2013-0015


NOTICE: EPA Region III today offers for public comment the issuance of an Administrative Complaint against Constellation Power Source Generation, Inc. (Respondent). This complaint cites one violation of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulations, 40 C.F.R. Part 112, for the Respondent’s facility located at 900 Chelsea Road, Perryman in Maryland (the “Facility”). The public comment period will be open from November 29, 2012 to December 28, 2012.

SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS: EPA is alleging a violation at the Perryman Generating Station for the failure to implement a facility response drill and exercise program in accordance with the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program Guidelines or another approved program. EPA conducted a Government Initiated Unannounced Exercise at the Facility on November 8, 2011 (“Exercise”). At the time of the Exercise, EPA observed that the Respondent utilized a Facility Response Plan (FRP) for a different facility during the beginning of the Exercise, was not familiar with the response procedures outlined in the correct FRP for the Facility, and failed to meet several of the objectives of the Exercise. Based on Respondent’s records, EPA also found that Respondent failed to conduct a Tabletop Exercise in 2010 and Unannounced Exercises in 2010 and 2011, as required by the Facility’s FRP and the PREP Guidelines. The proposed penalty for this violation is $41,679.00.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT ON PROPOSED PENALTY ASSESSMENT: 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 thirty (30) days of the date of this public notice. All comments received within this thirty-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.


REGISTER 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.


Wanda Martinez

martinez.wanda@epa.gov
Oil & Prevention Branch (3HS61)
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
215-814-3223

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PUBLIC NOTICE

 

ATTENTION INTERESTED PARTIES: 

District of Columbia’s List of Grant Eligible Drinking Water Projects Approved


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3
Water Protection Division
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

This notice will be posted until November 9, 2012

 

DESCRIPTION:       

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 (EPA) hereby approves the District of Columbia’s Fiscal Year 2013 and Fiscal Year 2014 Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List of drinking water improvements that are eligible to receive Federal funds.

Both the Fiscal Year 2013 and Fiscal Year 2014 Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List documents were disseminated for public comment on September 14, 2012 though e-mails to every Advisory Neighborhood Association group as well as City Council and city agencies. It was also posted on the websites of EPA, DC Water, and the District Department of the Environment for public comment.

The funding for the proposed projects, identified in these documents, is provided under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 which assist public drinking water systems in updating and improving their infrastructure. These funds will be awarded in the District of Columbia as grants. The Project Priority List presented a long term strategy while the Intended Use Plan focused on how funds will be expended in the immediate future during the Fiscal Year 2013 and Fiscal Year 2014 periods. Projects were rated on their contribution to public health, compliance with regulatory standards, and maintaining drinking water reliability, safety, and environmental protection.

During this 30-day comment period, only one comment was received. That comment concerned the addition of an impermeable cover at the Brentwood Reservoir and whether its planned addition could be done sooner than was originally scheduled by DC Water. DC Water acted on this concern and agreed to expedite this work by including this cover component in another project at Brentwood Reservoir, Storage Facility Upgrades 3, which was scheduled to be done earlier. Owing to this revised schedule, the impermeable cover work will be added to other improvements being undertaken by the Storage Facility Upgrades 3 project and this larger project would be a candidate project for Federal funding in FY 2014 if sufficient funds are available. This expanded scope has increased the cost of Storage Facility Upgrades 3.

In the attachement below are the changes, marked in red, to the originally proffered Intended Use Plan of projects eligible for Federal funding during this two year period. This revised Intended Use Plan is considered to be the final plan and is hereby approved. We have also determined that no additional meetings or hearings on this matter are necessary.

District of Columbia's List of Grant Eligible Drinking Water Projects Approved (PDF) (2pp, 141KB)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Interested persons may obtain further information, by contacting: 

Kenneth Pantuck
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Pantuck.Kenneth@epa.gov or by phone at (215) 814-5769


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Columbus Township, Warren County, PA

EPA Region III Notice of Proposal to Issue Final Permits
Notice of Availability of Information and Request
for Public Comment on New Information
Underground Injection Control Permits PAS2D215BWAR and PAS2D216BWAR
Bear Lake Properties, LLC

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

Public Comments will be accepted until November 3, 2012

description:

On June 28, 2012, the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) remanded to EPA Region III (Region) two Underground Injection Control (UIC) permits which the Region had issued to Bear Lake Properties, LLC (Bear Lake) in Columbus Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania. (See in regard to Bear Lake Properties, LLC, UIC Appeal No. 11-03, EAB June 28, 2012). These permits were to authorize the construction and operation of two Class II-D brine disposal injection wells: the Bittinger #1 and the Bittinger #4. The EAB remanded the permits to the Region on one particular issue only, to clarify the record on the location of drinking water wells within the areas of review for each of the proposed injection wells. The Region has supplemented the administrative record and concluded that there are no known drinking water wells in the areas of review.

Supplemental Information: Bear Lake Technical Document (PDF) (2pp, 56KB) This material is also available for review at the Corry Public Library, 117 West Washington St., Corry, PA.

Pursuant to the EAB remand, and to 40 C.F.R. 124.14, the Region is issuing this public notice to reopen the public comment period on its finding that there are no drinking water wells within the areas of review, which consist of a quarter-mile radius around each proposed injection well. The reopening of the public comment period is limited to the issue of the location of drinking water wells within the areas of review, corresponding to the limited remand from the EAB. Subject to public comment on the Region’s findings that there are no drinking water wells located within the areas of review of the proposed injection wells, the Region intends to issue the UIC permits to Bear Lake for Bittinger #1 and Bittinger #4 as proposed during the earlier comment period.


opportunity for comment

The Administrative Record includes, among other documents, the permit applications, supplemental information from the applicant on drinking water wells, the draft permits, the statements for basis for the draft permits, the June 28, 2012, EAB order and the Region’s findings in response to the EAB remand. EPA solicits public comment on the issue of whether all drinking water wells have been identified within the areas of review of the proposed injection wells. Public comment on this issue will be accepted at the address listed above, to the attention of S. Stephen Platt, until November 3, 2012. Comments may also be sent to the following email address: platt.steve@epa.gov. 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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PUBLIC NOTICE

 

ATTENTION INTERESTED PARTIES: 

Your Comments are Solicited on Federal Funding of New Drinking Water Projects in DC


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3
Water Protection Division
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

This notice will be posted until October 14, 2012

 

DESCRIPTION:       
Attached for your review and comment are the District of Columbia’s draft Fiscal Year 2013 and Fiscal Year 2014 Intended Use Plan and draft drinking water improvements Project Priority List.  The funding for the proposed projects, identified in these documents, is provided under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 which assist public drinking water systems in updating and improving their infrastructure.  These funds will be awarded in the District of Columbia as grants.  The Project Priority List presents a long term strategy while the Intended Use Plan focuses on how funds will be expended in the immediate future during the Fiscal Year 2013 and Fiscal Year 2014 periods.   

Proposed EPA Funded DC Drinking Water Projects (PDF) (6pp, 344KB)

Safe Drinking Water Act Construction Grant Priority List FY 2013 - FY 2014 (Excel) (24KB)           

To ensure the best use of Federal funds, proposed drinking water infrastructure projects are evaluated and ranked using a Project Priority Rating System developed jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III, the District of Columbia Department of the Environment, and DC Water also known as the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. Projects are rated on their contribution to public health, compliance with regulatory standards, and maintaining drinking water reliability, safety, and environmental protection.

Page two of the Intended Use Plan identifies a priority listing of all projects expected to be undertaken in this two year period.  Since anticipated Federal grant funds are less than the total project needs, Federal funds will only be directed to some of these candidate projects. Identified projects, even if not receiving Federal assistance, may likely be constructed using local funds.

            The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting public comment on these proposed documents.  A formal public hearing will be held if significant concerns are expressed.  If you have any concerns with or objections to the proposed Intended Use Plan or proposed Priority Project List, please contact Mr. Kenneth Pantuck in writing within 30 days of the date of this letter at:

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Interested persons may obtain further information, by contacting: 

Kenneth Pantuck
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Pantuck.Kenneth@epa.gov or by phone at (215) 814-5769


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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Date of Finding of No Significant Impact: August 28, 2012

Comments Due By: September 28, 2012

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project will not result in significant adverse impact to the natural and human environment.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement has been made.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Official Project Name:
Municipal Authority of the City of Lower Burrell
Wildlife Lodge Road Sanitary Sewer Extension Project
City of Lower Burrell, PA
XP-963185-01

Project Applicant:
Edward Bloch, Chairman
Municipal Authority of the City of Lower Burrell
2800 Bethel Street
Lower Burrell, PA 15068

Project Location:
Wildlife Lodge Road
City of Lower Burrell
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The Municipal Authority of Lower Burrell plans to extend the public sanitary sewer lines into the Wildlife Lodge Road Area of the City of Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County, PA. The Wildlife Lodge Road Project area is situated between State Route 56 and State Route 780 (a.k.a. Seventh Street Road) in the Southwesterly portion of the City near the Municipal boundary between Lower Burrell and the City of New Kensington (see attached map). The project area is an upland valley watershed which flows into the Little Pucketa Creek. The area is approximately 250 acres and is in need of a public sewage system. Currently the wastewater generated from this area is treated by on-lot sewage disposal systems. Most of these on-lot systems are more than forty (40) years old and have reached or are reaching their useful life. A study conducted in 1996 concluded that more than 30% of the on-lot systems had some degree of malfunction.

Replacing the current on-lot sewage system with a public collection and conveyance system will have a positive impact upon the water quality of the little Pucketa Creek and its tributaries. There will be 106 single family residences and three (3) commercial facilities involved for a total of 110 equivalent dwelling units (EDU’s). This part of the project will include the installation of approximately 1,900 feet of 12 inch pipe and 18,100 feet of 8 inch pipe and appurtenances for this gravity flow collection and conveyance system.

The second part of this project involves the replacement and realignment of the Little Pucketa Interceptor which is situated along State Route 56. This part of the project will include the installation of approximately 6,600 feet of 15 inch gravity flow pipe. The replacement will reduce inflow and infiltration and the realignment will improve the hydraulics of the interceptor. These improvements will insure there is adequate capacity for the addition of 11 Equivalent Dwelling Units (EDU) proposed for the Wildlife Lodge Road Area, both parts of the project area are included in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) approved Official Plan (Act 537) Minor Update dated February 14, 2012. The approval letter advised the City of Lower Burrell that the project would require a Clean Streams Law permit for the construction and operation of the proposed sewerage facilities.

Sewage flow from the project area will be conveyed to the New Kensington City Municipal Sanitary Authority Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) (NPDES permit PA0027111) located at 120 Logans Ferry Road, New Kensington, Pennsylvania. This STP has a design capacity of 6.0 Million gallons per day (mgd). The present flows are 5.47 mgd and projected flows are 5.30 mgd. The engineer has advised EPA that the sewage treatment facility has adequate capacity to treat the 0.0385 mgd flows from this project. The STP discharges to the Pucketa Creek. Pucketa Creek is listed on PA's 2012 303(d) list as impaired and in need of a Total Maximum Daily Load (i.e. a plan to reduce pollutants). The impairment is listed as being from road runoff siltation and from small residential runoff. Pucketa Creek is a tributary of the Allegheny River.

All connections tributary to the City of Lower Burrell’s sewer system must be in accordance with the tap allocation control plan as approved by the PADEP. The Municipal Sanitary Authority of the City of New Kensington is ultimately responsible for enforcement of the approved tap allocation plan.

There have been no reported NPDES permit violations or complaints about the STP within the past year. The reason for the non-compliance events earlier last year was due to excessive rainfall events. The City of New Kensington, operator of the STP, and the communities that use the STP have entered into an agreement of consent with the EPA to evaluate the Treatment Plant and entire sewage system to formulate a long term control plan.

Estimated eligible EPA project costs total $1,410,910. The project is being partially funded (55%) with an EPA grant. The balance of the project cost is being financed with an Authority Bond Issue and local funds from tap-in fees. The proposed monthly user rate will be $38/EDU.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Title 40 Part 6.400(d) requires EPA to provide sufficient opportunity for public review of a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact before the decision becomes effective. Written supporting or disagreeing comment to this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Comments should be sent to:

Suto.Koge@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5763

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

Enhanced Nitrogen Removal - North

Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant


CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: September 28, 2012


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Enhanced Nitrogen Removal - North
Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant
Project C-110027-49

Project Location:

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
5000 Overlook Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20032

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The proposed project involves the upgrading of the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant (Blue Plains) in Washington, D.C. The plant is owned and operated by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (aka “DC Water” and “DC WASA”). The Blue Plains service area includes the District of Columbia; portions of Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Virginia; and Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland. The estimated population in the service area is 2.4 million.

Blue Plains has a nominal treatment capacity of 370 million gallons per day (MGD) and is located along the east bank of the Potomac River. It is south of Bolling Air Force Base and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and west of the Anacostia Freeway (I-295) in Washington, D.C. Blue Plains has been operated by the District of Columbia since 1938. The original facility consisted of a 130 MGD primary treatment plant, which was expanded to a 240 MGD secondary treatment facility in the 1950's. A major construction program was initiated between 1972 and 1983 to expand the plant’s capacity to 309 MGD and to provide advanced treatment. Another construction program, between 1986 and 1997, expanded the plant’s capacity to 370 MGD.

DC Water was created by the government of the District of Columbia in October 1996 to provide water distribution and wastewater service to the District of Columbia, as well as wastewater service to significant areas of suburban Maryland and Virginia. The plant is operated under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit No. DC002119. The permit was issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and contains stringent effluent discharge limitations for carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids, total phosphorous, ammonia nitrogen, total nitrogen discharge, dissolved oxygen, total chlorine residual, and pH.

The proposed project, “Enhanced Nitrogen Removal – North” (“ENR North”) consists of making structural, mechanical, and electrical improvements to the existing Secondary Reactors, East Secondary Sedimentation Basins, West Secondary Sedimentation Basins, and Dual Purpose Sedimentation Basins at Blue Plains. This project should not be conflated with a similarly named and Federally funded project, “Enhanced Nitrogen Removal Facilities” (“ENRF”), now under construction.

The purpose of ENR North is to upgrade the wastewater processes in the middle of the treatment plant process in order to produce a better and more consistent effluent for the final processing stages including the new ENRF. The delivery of a better and more consistent wastewater quality will allow the final processing stages to work more effectively and reliably.

The scope of work for the proposed project includes:
• Secondary Reactor upgrades including hydraulic improvements, aeration and bubble diffuser improvements, selector zones additions, foam removal/surface wasting systems additions, and waste nitrified feed improvement.
• Secondary Blower upgrades including blower rehabilitation, valve modifications, and inlet filter modifications.
• East and West Secondary Sedimentation Basin upgrades including influent hydraulic improvements, scum removal
improvements, return activated sludge system improvement, and addition of sludge blanket detectors.
• Dual Purpose Sedimentation Basin upgrades including improvements to dedicate four basins to secondary treatment and four to nitrification treatment; demolition of unnecessary piping, valves, and equipment; rehabilitation of gates, valves, and flow meters; channel aeration improvements; return activated sludge pumping improvements; scum removal improvements; dewatering pump station improvements, and addition of sludge blanket detectors.
• Miscellaneous architectural, HVAC, and plumbing improvements.
• Concrete repairs.
• Electrical, instrumentation and controls upgrades.
• Miscellaneous demolition and improvements.

The ENR North project is meant to enhance the final effluent and more specifically assist the nitrogen removal capabilities of ENRF to meet the plant’s new NPDES permit requirement that limits the amount of nitrogen discharge to the Potomac River to 4.7 million pounds a year, from a goal of 8.4 million pounds a year under the previous permit. The new limit was adopted to support the nutrient reduction goals of the Chesapeake Bay Program and is consistent with the Long Term Control Plan Consent Decree between EPA and DC Water, dated March 23, 2005. Compliance is required by 2015. Current nitrogen removal processes at the plant are not sufficient to reliably meet the new requirement under all reasonably foreseeable conditions.

Therefore, these improvements are necessary.

The project’s construction is estimated to be $61,440,714. Having exceeded their design life, these improvements are eligible for Federal assistance. Blue Plains receives wastewater flows from Washington and surrounding areas. The jurisdictions contributing flows to Blue Plains would provide the local share of the required funding based upon their proportional flows. The District of Columbia’s share is approximately 41.21% or $25,319,718 of the total cost based upon the Inter-Municipal Agreement of 1985. EPA has determined that DC Water is eligible to receive a 55% grant or $13,925,845 under Title II of the Clean Water Act based upon the District of Columbia’s financial share.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The proposed project is not anticipated to have a significant impact on existing environmental resources. Environmental impacts will be confined to the treatment plant site and may include temporary construction-related issues such as dust, sediment and erosion, noise. These will be temporary and of short duration. Measures will be specified in the contract documents to mitigate these issues. Air contaminant emissions from construction vehicles and basins will be minimal and confined to the treatment plant site.

There are no long-term negative impacts to existing environmental resources anticipated. The completed project will have an environmental benefit since it will enable the plant to consistently and reliably meet its NPDES permit limits in its discharge to the Potomac River under all reasonably foreseeable conditions.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

pantuck.kenneth@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5769


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Date of Finding of No Significant Impact: August 22, 2012

Comments Due By: September 24, 2012

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project will not result in significant adverse impact to the natural and human environment.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement has been made.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Official Project Name:
Bakersville Water Project
XP-963163-01

Project Applicant:
Mr. John P. Vatavuk, Chairman
Somerset County Commissioners
300 North Center Avenue
Suite 500
Somerset, PA 15501

Project Location:
Village of Bakersville, Jefferson Township
Somerset County, Pennsylvania

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The project will provide public water service to approximately 108 residences located in the Village of Bakersville located within Jefferson Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania along State Route 0031 (S.R. 0031) near the Somerset County and Westmoreland County line.

The water project will serve customers along Glades Pike (S.R. 0031), Bakersville-Edie Road, Gardner Road, Short School Road, Mt. Zion Road, and Bruner Avenue. The proposed project will be constructed, owned, and operated by the Jefferson Township Water and Sewer Authority (JTWSA) (PWSID #4560018) and will consist of the construction of a master meter vault, a 200,000 gallon water storage tank, an altitude valve vault, 11,200 feet of 10" water main, 7,500 feet of 6" water main, 17 fire hydrants and 108 residential water meter pits.

The master meter vault will be installed near the Borough of Somerset-Laurel Hill Water Treatment Plant. The 10" water main will be installed from the master meter vault, along Beck Road to Bakersville-Edie Road, along Bakersville-Edie Road to the Village of Bakersville, through the Village of Bakersville along Short School Road, crossing Glades Pike (S.R. 0031) to Gardner Road, and following Gardner Road approximately 1,500 feet to the 200,000 gallon water storage tank. The 6" water mains will be installed along roads in the service area to provide water to all other residences. These water mains were sized to accommodate flows to all future potential growth areas and to provide an increased level of fire protection to the entire service area. The project is consistent with local planning efforts.

The residential and commercial properties located within the service area are currently provided water service via individual wells and springs which cannot meet summer demands. Water samples were taken from approximately 85% of the private wells and springs within the service area. Nearly 50% of these samples were found to be contaminated with coliform bacteria. This project will provide all homes within the service area with adequate volumes of safe drinking water throughout the year. Individual water meters will be installed at customer homes and will promote water conservation by reducing excessive water use which can be considered as a “green” initiative.

The Somerset County General Authority (SCGA) is one of the sources of water supply for the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Somerset (MABS). An interconnection agreement has been signed between the SCGA, MABS, Borough of Somerset, JTWSA, and Township of Jefferson to allow JTWSA to purchase water from SCGA through MAB’s system. This agreement allows JTWA to withdraw a maximum of 250,000 gallons per day (gpd) from SCGA with a set minimum of 20,000 gpd.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Title 40 Part 6.400(d) requires EPA to provide sufficient opportunity for public review of a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact before the decision becomes effective. Written supporting or disagreeing comment to this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Comments should be sent to:

Suto.Koge@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5763

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Date of Finding of No Significant Impact: August 17, 2012

Comments Due By: September 17, 2012

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project will not result in significant adverse impact to the natural and human environment.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement has been made.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Official Project Name:
Hegins-Hubley Authority
XP- 963170-01

Project Applicant:
Mr. Demetrius Kasmari, Manager
915 West Maple Street
Valley View, PA 17983

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The proposed project involves the replacement of old water meters in Hegins Township and the upgrading of water meters in Hubley Township. The upgrade will involve the installment of radio signal retrofits on the meters which will transmit data via radio signals, allowing drive-by meter readings. The installations will allow the Authority to provide more efficient water billings.

Existing water meters in the Hegins Township, installed in the 1960’s and 1970’s, are nearing the end of their useful life and the meters in Hubley Township, installed in 1995, can be cost effectively upgraded by retrofitting them with the radio transmitters thereby eliminating inaccurate readings. There are approximately 1400 water users served by Hegins-Hubley Authority of which 1300 are residential and the remaining are commercial.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The new water meters include a leak detection system which will reduce water treatment and pumping costs associated with leaks. The savings realized from the conservation of water and reduced treatment cost will help the Authority to expand its water distribution into areas where there is no public wastewater treatment system service and where malfunctioning on-lot systems can increase public health risk due to water well exposure to bacteria, nitrogen and choloform threats.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Comments should be sent to:

Moses.Mary@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5743

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Date of Finding of No Significant Impact: August 16, 2012

Comments Due By: September 17, 2012

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project will not result in significant adverse impact to the natural and human environment.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement has been made.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Official Project Name:
City of Romney, West Virginia
Biological Nutrient Reduction Upgrade and Expansion
of the Romney Wastewater Treatment Plant
XP-963051-01

Project Applicant:
Honorable Daniel O. Hileman
Mayor, City of Romney
West Virginia

Project Location:
City of Romney
Hampshire County, West Virginia

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The City of Romney (City), West Virginia, proposes to reduce the discharge of nutrients?Nitrogen and Phosphorous?and provide wastewater treatment service to Central Hampshire Public Service District (PSD) by upgrading and expanding its Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The project will replace the existing Rotating Biological Contactor (RBC) secondary treatment system with a two-basin Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) and a Tertiary Filter (TF) enhanced nutrient removal system. The WWTP?s treatment capacity will be increased from 0.5 Million Gallons per Day (MGD) to 0.75 MGD to accommodate existing and future wastewater flows from the expanded service area.

The project consists of upgrading the influent lift station, replacing the headworks?mechanical screen, bar screen, grit removal and influent flow meter?constructing two SBR basins with appurtenances, two aerobic digesters, chemical feed building?metal salts, methanol, alum and soda ash?office/lab building and a sludge drying building?sludge belt press. Also, the project will install a cloth tertiary filter system, convert the existing RBC basins into chlorine contact basins and convert the existing aerobic digesters and clarifiers into post-SBR equalization basins. The existing storm water basin will be maintained to store excessive wastewater flows due to storm events.

All of the proposed construction work will be located on the existing WWTP site. A Public Works building is being relocated to accommodate the new WWTP construction work. The relocation of this building to another City owned property is being completed as a separate project.

The City of Romney and its WWTP are located in the central portion of Hampshire County (County), near the intersection of U.S. Route 50 and Route 28. The City is one of three entities that provide water and sewer service to the County residents. The second entity is the Town of Capon Bridge which provides service to the eastern portion of the County, located outside of the project?s planning area, near the border between West Virginia and Virginia. The PSD is the third entity. The PSD?s service area covers the remaining portion of the County which is mostly along U.S. Route 50, between Capon Bridge and Romney. This project involves the PSD?s Frenchburg WWTP which is located about two miles east of Romney, next to Barnes Mill.

The City?s WWTP was built about 30 years ago. It was designed to provide secondary wastewater treatment. As a discharger into the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the City is required to upgrade its WWTP to meet the nutrient reduction goals for the Chesapeake Bay Initiative. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) issued a new permit (December 2010) to the City which set new limitations on the amounts of ammonia nitrogen, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) and total suspended solids being discharged to Big Run, a tributary to the South Branch of the Potomac River. The existing WWTP cannot meet these limits. Also, WVDEP issued a consent order July 2011 to the City which requires the WWTP to meet the new limitations within five years.

Central Hampshire County PSD?s Frenchburg WWTP?a hydraulic capacity of 0.2 MGD?was hydraulically and organically overloaded. WVDEP placed the PSD under a moratorium which prohibited the PSD from accepting new customers because of the condition of the WWTP. The enforcement of the moratorium has impeded development in the PSD?s service area.

The City and the PSD concluded that connecting the two sewer systems and upgrading and expanding the City?s WWTP was the most cost-effective and implementable alternative. They agreed to transfer 30 percent of the Frenchburg WWTP wastewater flowrate to the City?s plant. This would alleviate the hydraulic overload condition at the PSD plant. The PSD built the first Phase?a sewer interconnector between the two systems?which was completed 2011. The proposed project?upgrading and expanding the Romney WWTP?is the second Phase of the overall project. The PSD plans to continue to operate the Frenchburg WWTP, because it will not be hydraulically and organically overloaded upon completion of this project.

The initial wastewater flowrate from the PSD to the City?s WWTP is approximately 0.035 MGD. The PSD is limited to a maximum flowrate of 0.1 MGD until the City?s WWTP is upgraded and expanded. The City?s engineer estimates that the future flowrate from the PSD will be 0.2 MGD.

The City?s average daily flowrate, based on flow records from November 2008 through April 2010, is 0.415 MGD. With the addition of the PSD, the average flowrate is 0.45 MGD. The peak flowrate is approximately 2.0 MGD. Providing for increased flowrates from the PSD and future growth in the service area, the WWTP?s design capacity is being increased to an average flowrate of 0.75 MGD and a peak flowrate of 2.25 MGD.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Title 40 Part 6.400(d) requires EPA to provide sufficient opportunity for public review of a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact before the decision becomes effective. Written supporting or disagreeing comment to this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Comments should be sent to:

McAdams.David@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5764

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

Small Diameter Distribution Main Rehabilitation: Contract 8

Drinking Water Improvements


CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: September 4, 2012


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Small Diameter Distribution Main Rehabilitation: Contract 8
Drinking Water Improvements
Project FS-993814-11

Project Location:

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
5000 Overlook Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20032

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of the proposed project is to replace, on a priority basis, approximately 8.4 miles of ?small diameter? water mains, water mains that are 12 inches or less in diameter which were installed between 1920 and 1950, in various portions of the District of Columbia.

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC WASA aka ?DC Water?) water system contains approximately 1,300 miles of pipe, of which, 1,060 miles are 12-inch diameter and smaller. The median age of all the water mains in the DC Water system is 77 years with a median installation date of 1933. Approximately 740 miles of the distribution mains are unlined cast iron pipe which are among the most problematic in the system. These pipes are prone to tuberculation, a condition which reduces hydraulic capacity and is a potential water quality concern. These also have a poor record of breaks and leaks.

In September 2000, as part of DC Water?s Water Facilities Plan, a comprehensive small diameter water main rehabilitation program was proposed and subsequently programmed into DC Water?s Capital Improvement Program. From an initial inventory, pipe segments were ranked in priority replacement order and are updated routinely as events and circumstances dictate.

The selection factors used to determine which pipe segments to replace include age, pipe material, frequency of repairs, system design, customer complaints, construction logistics, and coordination with street repaving work. Also, fire protection requirements dictate that certain lines 6-inch and smaller in size be replaced with 8-inch minimum diameter pipe. Generally when the pipe is replaced, the replacement of appurtenances, such as valves, fire hydrants and house service lines in public space will also occur.

This project is entitled to receive grant funding under section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 (Public Law 104-182). EPA has determined that the District of Columbia may receive 80% grants for such infrastructure improvement purposes. Accordingly, DC Water, being the responsible authority for the distribution of water within the District, may receive these grants. The estimated cost for this project is $17,666,000, making it eligible for a Federal grant of 80%, or $14,132,800. DC Water will provide the remaining 20% in local matching funds or any unfunded balance for this project through water and sewer revenues.

DC Water has also posted a detailed description of each of its planned projects in its Capital Improvement Program (2010 ? 2019) on its website. The plans and specifications are available for review by the public at DC Water?s Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant site.

For this project specifically and for drinking water projects generally, the public has had the opportunity to participate and comment on them since they were included in the District of Columbia's Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Safe Drinking Water Act Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List which were distributed by EPA to interested parties including the Mayor, City Council, city agencies, WASA Board and management, Martin Luther King, Jr. Library local environmental groups, newspapers, and all Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. In addition the documents were also posted for comment on the EPA Region III website on February 18, 2011.

The comment period ended on March 19, 2011. During this period, no letters, telephone calls or e-mails were received relative to these documents. Consequently, EPA approved both documents which allowed for the funding of projects listed on them.


ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The proposed project is necessary to insure the quality, quantity, and safety of the drinking water supplied to the people of the District of Columbia.

The proposed project will take place in various sections of the District of Columbia. The existing environmental setting of the water service area is predominantly urban residential. The water mains to be removed and replaced are located below grade in streets or in urban right-of ways. These areas were previously disturbed during the original construction of the water distribution system.

Based on our evaluation and in past similar projects, impacts from the implementation of the proposed project would be short-term, construction-related impacts that could be readily mitigated through prudent and proper construction practices.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

pantuck.kenneth@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5769


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

Washington, DC

Government of the District of Columbia

comment period for the draft limited modification
of the district of columbia municipal separate
storm sewer system permit no. DC0000221


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Water Protection Division
Office of NPDES Permits and Enforcement, NPDES Enforcement Branch (3WP41)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: August 27, 2012


Permit No.: DC0000221


Locations of Discharges and Receiving Waters: Anacostia River,
Potomac River, Rock Creek, and stream segments tributary to each such water body.


NOTICE: In compliance with the provisions of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. Section 1251 et seq., notice is hereby given that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a limited modification to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit DC0000221 issued to the Government of the District of Columbia for discharges from its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), issued on September 30, 2011.  EPA is publishing the proposed modifications for public review and comment.  The proposed modifications are intended to:  1) provide additional public notice and input on the District’s development of its Consolidated TMDL Implementation Plan, 2) provide additional clarity and accountability for specific water quality-related outcomes, and 3) provide clarity that the Government of the District of Columbia is the sole permittee. Attached to this notice are the draft limited modification document (PDF) (6pp., 120KB), the accompanying draft fact sheet (PDF) (8pp., 55kb) and the accompanying administrative record index (PDF) (2pp., 18KB).

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the proposed limited modifications are invited to submit a written statement to the attention of the EPA contact person listed below within forty-five (45) days. Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 122.62 and 40 C.F.R. § 124.19, EPA is taking comments only on the proposed language changes identified in the proposed limited modification. The remaining portions of the Permit are not open for comment or modification. The public comment and review period commences on July 12, 2012 and ends on August 27, 2012. Any interested party may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing shall be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised in the hearing. Requests for hearings shall be submitted to the attention of the EPA contact person listed below within the forty-five (45) day public comment period.

AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION: Information relevant to the proposed limited modification may be requested from the EPA contact person.  Copies of the proposed limited modification to the Permit, limited modification fact sheet, and limited modification administrative record are available for public review at the EPA Region III office during normal business hours.  In addition, copies of these documents are available for inspection at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library;  901 G Street, N.W.; Washington, D.C. 20001, as well as online at the following web address:  http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/public_notices.htm

FURTHER INFORMATION: Following the forty-five (45) day review and comment period, the Regional Administrator will make a determination regarding the proposed limited modification to the MS4 permit. The determination will take effect as the final Agency action unless a request for a hearing is granted pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 124.19.


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Ms. Kaitlyn Bendik
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2709
Bendik.Kaitlyn@epa.gov

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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Turner Construction Company

NOTICE OF INTENT TO LODGE CONSENT AGREEMENT
AND FINAL ORDER
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 August 19, 2012


Docket No.CWA-03-2012-0170:


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 lodge a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) involving the Respondents named below, for alleged violations at five facilities in Virginia and Maryland listed below:

RESPONDENT:

 

Turner Construction Company
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

Tompkins Builders, Inc.
1110 Vermont Ave. N.W. Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20005

Construction sites operated by Turner or Tompkins at the following locations or projects:

Hershey Expansion Project, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Martin Luther King Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Prince George?s Community College Center for Health Studies, Largo, Maryland
TRADOC Headquarters, Fort Eustis, Virginia
Franklin & Marshall University Race Street Parking Lot, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington, Virginia
Drexel University Integrated Science Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
FDA Consolidation at White Oak ? Buildings 31 & 32, Silver Spring, Maryland
Penn Park Complex, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Salamander Spa and Resort, Middleburg, Virginia
C4ISR Center for Excellence, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland



SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS: Respondents allegedly violated the terms of the applicable National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit by failing to implement and maintain required stormwater controls on construction sites in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania. The Virginia facilities were subject to the Virginia General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities. The Maryland facilities were subject to the Maryland General Permit for Stormwater from Construction Activities. The Pennsylvania facilities were subject to the Pennsylvania General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities, except for the Penn Park Complex which had individual NPDES permit No. PAI015109004. The facility in the District of Columbia was subject to EPA?s NPDES General Permit for Storm Water Discharges from Construction Activities. In addition, the Respondents allegedly discharged without a permit on some sites in Virginia and Maryland. These failures constitute violations of Sections 301(a) and 402 of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. ?? 1311(a) and 1342.


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 lodge the CAFO requiring the payment of a $170,000.00 penalty.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of 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 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


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:

Matthew R. Colip
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street (3WP42)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2472

Colip.Matthew@epa.gov

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Turner Construction Company

NOTICE OF INTENT TO LODGE CONSENT AGREEMENT
AND FINAL ORDER
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 August 19, 2012


Docket No.:CWA-03-2012-0196


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 lodge a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) involving the Respondents named below, for alleged violations at five facilities in Virginia and Maryland listed below:

RESPONDENT:

 

Turner Construction Company
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

Tompkins Builders, Inc.
1110 Vermont Ave. N.W. Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20005

Construction sites operated by Turner or Tompkins at the following locations or projects:

Sustainment Center of Excellence, Fort Lee, Virginia

Langley Air Force Base Hospital Addition, Hampton, Virginia

Warrenton Training Center Station C Firing Range, Remington, Virginia

Warrenton Training Center Building B-70, Warrenton, Virginia

D.C. Youth Center, Laurel, Maryland

Hershey Expansion Project



SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS:: Respondents allegedly violated the terms of the applicable National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit by failing to implement and maintain required stormwater controls at construction sites in Maryland and Virginia. The Virginia facilities were subject to the Virginia General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities. The Maryland facility was subject to the Maryland General Permit for Stormwater from Construction Activities. These failures constitute violations of Sections 301(a) and 402 of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. ?? 1311(a) and 1342.


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 lodge the CAFO requiring the payment of a $100,000.00 penalty.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of 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 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


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:

Matthew R. Colip
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street (3WP42)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2472

Colip.Matthew@epa.gov

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Kent County, Clayton, De

Southern States Smyrna-Clayton Cooperative, Inc

Notice of Proposal to issue Consent Agreement

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III
Hazardous Site Cleanup Division (3HS61)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until July 23, 2012


Docket No. CWA 03-2012-0200


NOTICE: EPA Region III offers for public comment to the issuance of a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) with Southern States Smyrna-Clayton Cooperative, Inc. (Respondent). This agreement cites five violations of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulations, 40 C.F.R. Part 112, for the Respondent facility located at 512 Basset Street in Clayton, Delaware (the Facility).


Respondent or Name of Case and Facility: Southern States Smyrna-Clayton Cooperative, Inc.


SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS:EPA is alleging violations at the Southern States Smyrna-Clayton Cooperative, including: 1) failure to amend their Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan if the facility has had a change in: design, construction, operation, or maintenance which affects the facility’s discharge potential; 2) failure to have a professional engineer certify all technical amendments to the SPCC plan; 3) failure to test each aboveground container for integrity on a regular schedule and whenever material repairs are made, failure to keep comparison records, failure to inspect container supports and foundations, and failure to frequently inspect the outside of containers for deterioration, discharges, or accumulations of oil inside diked areas; 4) failure to design a containment system to hold at least the maximum capacity of any single compartment of a tank car or tank truck loaded or unloaded in the plant; and 5) failure to keep written procedures and a record of inspections and tests, signed by an appropriate supervisor or inspector, with the SPCC plan for a period of three years. 

PROPOSED CONSENT AGREEMENT AND FINAL ORDER: The combined proposed penalty for these violations is $69,207.00.


 

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 thirty (30) days of the date of this public notice. All comments received within this thirty-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


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.


Wanda Martinez (3HS61)
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

martinez.wanda@epa.gov

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Hurricane District, Buchanan County Va

CNX Gas Company LLC

Proposal to issue a final Undreground Injection Control
Permit for CNX Gas Company, LLC an opportunity
for public comment and
an opportunity for public hearing

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

Comments will be accepted until July 21, 2012


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit VAS2D921BBUC for CNX Gas Company LLC (CNX Gas) under the authority of the UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146, and 147. The permit is necessary for the continued operation of one Class II-D injection well, the Ball A-1, to dispose of produced fluids, produced solely in association with CNX Gas? coal bed methane and conventional gas production operations.


DESCRIPTION: CNX Gas submitted a letter to EPA on March 13, 2012 requesting that their UIC permit, first issued in August, 1992, be reissued.  The current permit is set to expire on August 8, 2012.  After a review of CNX Gas’ operational history for this injection well, EPA was able to develop a draft final permit for reissuance.  CNX Gas plans to continue to use the Ball A-1 as an injection well to dispose of fluids produced in association with their coal bed methane gas production and conventional gas production operations in Buchanan, Russell and Tazewell Counties, Virginia.  Injection shall occur into the Weir formation.  A permit is required to meet the provisions of the EPA administered UIC Program in Virginia.

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:The Administrative Record for this permitting action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours at:

U.S. EPA--Region III
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029


All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record. The Administrative Record includes the permit application, the draft permit, statement of basis and all related correspondence. A copy of the draft permit and statement of basis for this permitting action is available for review at the:

Buchanan Count Public Library
Route 2
Grundy, Virginia 24614

EPA solicits public comment on the proposal to issue a final UIC permit for this injection well. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled forTuesday, July 24, 2012, at 7:00 PM at:

Appalachian School of Law
Booth Center Classroom/Reception Hall
1169 Edgewater Drive
Grundy, Virginia

Requests to hold this hearing must be received in the office listed above by July 13, 2012. When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised. EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest, specific to this permitting action, is evidenced by the above date. The public comment period for this permitting action will remain open until July 31, 2012.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit and statement of basis, by contacting Stephen Platt at the address listed above, at the following email address, platt.steve@epa.gov, or phone number, 215-814-5464.


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Harford County, BELL AIR, MD, Joppatowne Wastewater Treatment Plant

Enhanced Nutrient Removal Upgrade and Installation of Ultraviolet

Light Disinfection System Project


CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: July 9,2012


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Harford County, Joppatowne Wastewater Treatment Plant
Enhanced Nutrient Removal Upgrade and Installation of Ultraviolet
Light Disinfection System Project

Project Location:

Ms. Jacqueline K. Ludwig, Chief
Department of Public Works
Division of Water and Sewer
Harford County Government
145 N. Hickory Avenue
Bel Air, MD 21014

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

Harford County proposes to upgrade the Joppatowne Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to meet Maryland?s Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) limits and convert the disinfection system to Ultraviolet (UV) light.

The Joppatowne WWTP ENR Upgrade Project is part of Maryland?s overall goal to reduce nutrient levels (Nitrogen and Phosphorus) in the Chesapeake Bay. The upgrade consists of the installation of denitrifying filters, a methanol chemical feed system, and various pumps and controls to incorporate the new process into the existing treatment system. The filters will be sized for the full plant capacity, plus a safety factor for peak flows during rain events. The filters will reduce the overall levels of total nitrogen in the plant discharge from 8 mg/l to 3 mg/l. Phosphorous levels will also be reduced from 2mg/l to 0.2 mg/l through the filtering process coupled with the addition of a precipitant, ferric chloride.

The UV light disinfection project will replace the existing chlorination/dechlorination disinfection system at the Joppatowne WWTP. The UV system will be installed in the existing Chlorine Contact Tank. UV disinfection is a proven technology that will reduce E.coli and other microorganism populations in the effluent to meet the plant?s discharge permit. The process effectively disinfects the wastewater without adding any additional chemicals such as chlorine and sodium bisulfate. The conversion to UV disinfection is beneficial to the Little Gunpowder Creek by eliminating the discharge of residue chlorine and sodium bisulfate and for the operations at the WWTP by removing potentially hazardous chemicals-chlorine and sodium bisulfate. This project will run concurrent to the ENR project. The capacity of the WWTP will not be changed by this project. All work will be within the existing WWTP site.


ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The ENR Upgrade and installation of a UV disinfection system at the Joppatowne WWTP will be a step toward both environmental and human health protection. The project will allow the Joppatowne plant to comply with the statewide nutrient reduction goals, ultimately reducing eutrophication and oxygen depleted areas of the Chesapeake Bay. The long term environmental benefits will be the improvement and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay.

Both the UV disinfection project and the ENR upgrade will install new treatment processes designed to remove contaminants, either bacterial or nutrient based that impact the receiving stream. The goal is to reduce overall nutrient (Nitrogen and Phosphorous) levels in the Chesapeake Bay by enhancing the treatment of 66 wastewater treatment plants in the State of Maryland.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

bostic.donna@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-2608


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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DC Water and Sewer Authority

Rehabilitation and Replacement of Steel Water Mains: Contract No. 1

Safe Drinking Water Improvements


CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: June 25, 2012


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Rehabilitation and Replacement of Steel Water Mains: Contract No. 1
Safe Drinking Water Improvements
Project FS-993821-02

Project Applicant:

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
5000 Overlook Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of the proposed project is to rehabilitate or replace, on a priority basis, two segments of problematic and compromised 36 inch diameter steel water mains in the District of Columbia.

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority?s (DC WASA aka ?DC Water?) water system contains approximately 1,300 miles of pipe. A small portion of these water mains, approximately 20 miles, are made of steel. Most were installed between 1910 and 1949. Although small in comparison to the overall system, they have had a disproportionate share of breakage problems when compared to pipes of other materials. There are 28 separate and identifiable steel pipe segments ranging from 18 to 66 inches in diameter throughout the city.

Steel pipes, buried in adverse soil conditions or exposed to the elements, are inherently subject to extensive corrosion issues that compromise their structural integrity and subsequently result in excessive leakage and ruptures. Steel pipes are typically protected only by a thin exterior coating material. From the test results and visual observations, the coating materials are failing and corrosion is taking place. Because of this, these pipes are nearing the end of their useful life.

There are a number of corrective and alternative actions that were evaluated in a 2010 study to address this problem. These included replacement, rehabilitation, the use of cleaning and lining techniques (conventional slip lining, close slip lining, and cured-in-place pipe), the addition of cathodic protection to reduce the galvanic effects of its surroundings, or any combination of the above along with other measures specific to the field conditions or work site.

DC Water has embarked on a comprehensive and systematic plan to rehabilitate or replace the worst of these segments. The selection factors used to identify these pipe segments include age, frequency of repairs, system design, customer complaints, construction logistics, and coordination with street repaving work. These factors and selections are updated routinely as events and circumstances dictate.

One of the two 36 inch diameter pipe segments to be repaired is approximately 2,400 linear feet in length along K Street, between First Street, NW and Second Street, NE. Eight breaks were recorded between 1977 and 1994. During the spring of 2009, a major leak occurred in an inverted siphon, requiring the entire main to be shut down for several months. An attempt to locate the leak using an internal leak detection system was unsuccessful. Finally, the pipe was surveyed by a manned-entry inspection. Several leaks were temporarily repaired using internal joint seals, and the pipe was placed back into service. This was only a temporary and expedient repair until a more substantial one could be undertaken.

An engineering study has made the following recommendations for this segment?s corrective actions:

Segment One: 36-inch steel water main along K Street, between First Street, NW and Second Street, NE

? Installation of a class IV structural pipe liner from First Street, NE to Second Street, NE

? Installation of internally bonded carbon fiber reinforced polymer in the existing 36-inch steel main under the Tiber Branch Sewer.
? Replacement of the existing 36-inch steel vertical bends with ductile iron pipe in the intersection of K Street and North Capitol Street.

? Replacement of the existing 36 and 30-inch steel main in the intersection of K Street and F? Installation of a cathodic protection system for the existing 36-inch steel main between First Street, NW and First Street, NE, and new ductile iron piping First Street, NE with ductile iron pipe.

? Installation of a 36-inch butterfly valve in the intersection of K Street and First Street, NE, west of the connection of the 12-inch water main with the 36-inch water main

The second 36 inch diameter steel pipe segment to be repaired is suspended under the 16th Street Bridge which crosses over Piney Branch Parkway. See Figure 2. The pipe was installed beneath the curving arch of the stone bridge in 1912. In the last few years, it has developed a substantial leak owing to coupling difficulties because of the pipe?s non-uniform diameter and the use of antiquated lock-bar couplings. Additionally, traffic vibration as well as thermal movement and expansion have caused the pipe joints to become loose and a tight seal cannot be made because of the odd pipe configuration and couplings. Several unsuccessful joint repairs have been attempted by DC Water. This project will undertake a more substantial effort. Besides the approximately 255 linear feet of pipe beneath the bridge another 120 linear feet of buried pipe and appurtenances on either end of the bridge will also be corrected.

An engineering study has made the following recommendations for this segment?s corrective actions:

Segment Two: 36-inch steel water main, 16th Street Bridge, NW, over Piney Branch Parkway.

? Installation of a class IV structural pipe liner from Spring Road to Arkansas Avenue, NW, including provisions for expansion of the liner at the bridge.

? Installation of 36-inch butterfly valves with associated blow-off valves and thrust blocking, if required, at 16th Street and Spring Road, NW and 16th Street and Arkansas Avenue, NW.

? Replacement of small diameter water mains in the intersections of 16th Street, NW and Arkansas Avenue, NW and 16th Street, NW and Spring Road, NW, to facilitate future small diameter main repair/replacement.

? Removal, abatement and/or encapsulation of the existing lead based coating on the 36-inch main suspended from the bridge and its pipe supports, and installation of a new protective coating system on the main and pipe supports.

This project is entitled to receive grant funding under section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 (Public Law 104-182). EPA has determined that the DC Water may receive 80% grants for such infrastructure improvement purposes. The estimated construction cost for this project is $3,143,507, making it eligible for a Federal grant of 80%, or $2,514,805. DC Water will provide the remaining 20% in local matching funds or any unfunded balance for this project through water and sewer revenues.

For this project specifically and for drinking water projects generally, the public has had the opportunity to participate and comment on them since they were included in the District of Columbia's Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Safe Drinking Water Act Intended Use Plan and Project Priority which were distributed by EPA to interested parties including the Mayor, City Council, city agencies, DC Water Board and management, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, local environmental groups and newspapers, and all Advisory Neighborhood Commissions on February 18, 2011. Additionally, these documents were posted for comment on the EPA Region III website

Our comment period ended on March 19, 2011. During this period, no letters, telephone calls or e-mails were received relative to these documents. Consequently, EPA approved both documents which allowed for the funding of projects listed on them.


ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The proposed project are necessary to insure the quality, quantity, and safety of the drinking water supplied to the people of the District of Columbia.

Based on our evaluation and in past similar projects, impacts from the implementation of the proposed project would be short-term, construction-related impacts that could be readily mitigated through prudent and proper construction practices.

Short-term, construction-related impacts for these projects will be associated with air quality, utilities, noise, and visual impacts. Mitigation of construction activities are described in the General Requirements of the contract documents. The General Requirements direct the selected construction contractor to adhere to specific provisions that will insure and safeguard property and utilities and any historical/archaeological discoveries if found. The contractor will undertake prudent and reasonable environmental controls with regard to erosion and dust control.

Water service will not be disrupted to any customers during construction. Traffic disruptions and possible short term road closures will likely occur in the work areas. These will be temporary and traffic control personnel along with signage will be employed as necessary. Work will be scheduled, if possible, to avoid periods of high vehicular traffic.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

pantuck.kennethe@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5769


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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Henrico, VA


Henrico County
4301 Parham Road
Henrico, VA 23228


NOTICE OF PROPOSAL TO ISSUE CONSENT AGREEMENT
AND Final Order
EPA Docket No. CWA-03-2012-0139
Opportunity for Comment


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


Comments will be accepted until June 22, 2012

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III is hereby giving notice that it has entered into a Consent Agreement and Final Order (?CAFO?) with Henrico County (?Henrico?) for violations of its Virginia Pollution Discharge Elimination System (?NPDES?) Permit. Henrico violated the terms of permit by failing to comply with various provisions including, included failure to detect illicit discharges for inlets and outlets; failure to properly inspect industrial and commercial facilities and control discharges to and from those portions of the municipal separate storm sewer system; failure to monitor and control pollutants in storm water discharges from industrial facilities determined by Henrico County to be contributing substantial pollutant loadings; failing to operate in accordance with the stormwater management requirements of Chapter 10, Environment, of the Code of the County of HenricoVirginia and the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations; and failing to conduct a formal education and training program for construction site operators. Respondent has agreed to pay a penalty of $82,000 in addition to coming into compliance with the CWA.


NEED AND DESCRIPTION : In Virginia, the VPDES program is implemented by the State of Virginia. However, EPA may take enforcement actions to address violations of the NPDES Program.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: : Section 1342 of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. ? 402, and 40 C.F.R. ? 22.45(b) require that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment. 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,? 40 C.F.R. Part 22. The deadline for submission of written public comments is forty (40) days after issuance of this public notice.


Comments should be sent to:

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the Order by contacting:


Pamela Lazos (3RC20)
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
lazos.pamela@epa.gov
215-814-2658

or

Chris Menen (3WP42)
U.S.EPA-Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
chris.menen@epa.gov
215-814-2368

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Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania

Stonehaven Energy Management LLC

Proposal to issue a final Undreground Injection Control
Permit for Stonehaven Energy Management, LLC an opportunity
for public comment and
an opportunity for public hearing

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

Comments will be accepted until until June 19, 2012


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit PAS2D010BVEN for Stonehaven Energy Management LLC (Stonehaven Energy) under the authority of the UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146, and 147. The permit is necessary for the construction and operation of one Class II-D injection well, the Latshaw #9, to dispose of produced fluids, produced solely in association with Stonehaven Energy?s oil or gas production operations.


DESCRIPTION: Stonehaven Energy submitted a UIC permit application to EPA on June 30, 2011. After review and resolution of application deficiencies, EPA was able to develop a draft final permit. Stonehaven Energy plans to use the Latshaw #9 as an injection well to dispose of fluids produced in association with their shallow oil and gas production operations in Venango County, PA. Injection will occur into the Speechley formation. The injection well is located in the Tippery Field in Cranberry Township, Venango Township, PA. A permit is required to meet the provisions of the EPA administered UIC Program in Pennsylvania.


 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:The Administrative Record for this permitting action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours at:

U.S. EPA--Region III
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029


All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record. The Administrative Record includes the permit application, the draft permit, statement of basis and all related correspondence. A copy of the draft permit and statement of basis for this permitting action is available for review at the:

Oil City Public Library
2 Central Ave.
Oil City, Pennsylvania 16301-2795

EPA solicits public comment on the proposal to issue a final UIC permit for this injection well. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at 7:00 PM at:

Seneca Volunteer Fire Department
Community Center
3494 State Route 257
Seneca, Pennsylvania

Requests to hold this hearing must be received in the office listed above by June 1, 2012. When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised. EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest, specific to this permitting action, is evidenced by the above date. The public comment period for this permitting action will remain open until June 19, 2012.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit and statement of basis, by contacting Stephen Platt at the address listed above, at the following email address, platt.steve@epa.gov, or phone number, 215-814-5464.


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District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

16th & Alaska Pumping Station Upgrades

Safe Drinking Water Improvements


CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: June 11, 2012


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

16th & Alaska Pumping Station Upgrades
Safe Drinking Water Improvements
Project FS-993818-03

Project Applicant:

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
5000 Overlook Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

This project includes upgrades and improvements to the 16th & Alaska Pumping Station which is owned and operated by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (also known as ?DC Water? and ?DC WASA?).

The 16th & Alaska Pumping Station is located in a below grade vault at the corner of 16th Street, NW and Alaska Avenue, NW and was placed into operation in 1993 to provide water service to the 4th High East Service Area east of Rock Creek Park. See attached Figure 1 entitled ?Existing Water Service Areas?.

This pumping station is a departure from the typical ?open system? which uses elevated tanks and reservoirs to maintain water pressure throughout Washington, DC. Rather this is a ?closed system? which directly controls and maintains pressure by the pumps direct discharge into the piping system. The 16th & Alaska Pumping Station was envisioned only as a temporary facility and solution to serve this isolated part of the city until other water lines could be constructed across land owned by the National Park Service. However, permitting difficulties and logistical problems forced DC Water to abandon this idea and to retain this pumping station as a permanent facility in its system.

The facility contains four horizontal centrifugal pumps that provide constant pressure to the service area. Each pump has a capacity of 1.15 million gallons per day with 40 horsepower motors. Three of the pumps are controlled by wall mounted variable frequency drives. The fourth pump is constant-speed and is used as a stand-by pump for fire protection.

Typically the pumps are operated in local automatic mode based upon system distribution pressure, and are controlled by a signal from the local pressure transmitter on the discharge header. This signal is used to control the speed and the number of pumps in operation. As pressure in the header changes, the speed of the pumps in operation is adjusted by the variable frequency drives to meet a preset pressure. In the event of a pump failure, another pump will be started automatically through a local loop controller. The pumps can also be operated from the Bryant Street Pumping Station through a telemetry system.

Currently this pumping station is in need of upgrading and improvement in order to continue to provide reliable service and operational flexibility. Engineering studies have made the following recommendations:

? Installation of a redundant suction and discharge header;
? Replacement of the three existing variable speed drives and adding a variable speed drive to the fourth pump;
? Heating and ventilation upgrades;
? Replacement of instrumentation and controls;
? Installation of redundant instrumentation equipment;
? Installation of a back-up emergency diesel generator;
? Security system upgrades.

This project is entitled to receive grant funding under section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 (Public Law 104-182). EPA has determined that the DC Water may receive 80% grants for such infrastructure improvement purposes. The estimated construction cost for this project is $1,420,000, making it eligible for a Federal grant of 80%, or $1,136,000. DC Water will provide the remaining 20% in local matching funds or any unfunded balance for this project through water and sewer revenues.

For this project specifically and for drinking water projects generally, the public has had the opportunity to participate and comment on them since they were included in the District of Columbia's Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Safe Drinking Water Act Intended Use Plan and Project Priority which were distributed by EPA to interested parties including the Mayor, City Council, city agencies, DC Water Board and management, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, local environmental groups and newspapers, and all Advisory Neighborhood Commissions on February 18, 2011. Additionally, these documents were posted for comment on the EPA Region III website

Our comment period ended on March 19, 2011. During this period, no letters, telephone calls or e-mails were received relative to these documents. Consequently, EPA approved both documents which allowed for the funding of projects listed on them.


ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The proposed project is necessary to insure the quality, quantity, and safety of the drinking water supplied to the people of the District of Columbia.

Most of these improvements will take place underground and within the confines of the pumping station vault. There may be a need to excavate the adjacent pavement and street in order to connect the new piping. Since a large concrete pad surrounds the access entrance hatch, construction and transport vehicles can park and operate there without damaging any surrounding vegetation.

Based on our evaluation and in past similar projects, impacts from the implementation of the proposed project would be short-term, construction-related impacts that could be readily mitigated through prudent and proper construction practices.

Short-term, construction-related impacts for these projects will be associated with air quality, utilities, noise, and visual impacts. Mitigation of construction activities are described in the General Requirements of the contract documents. The General Requirements direct the selected construction contractor to adhere to specific provisions that will insure and safeguard property and utilities and any historical/archaeological discoveries if found. The contractor will undertake prudent and reasonable environmental controls with regard to erosion and dust control. Traffic control personnel along with signage will be employed as necessary. Traffic disruption will be minimal.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

pantuck.kennethe@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5769


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

Storage Facility Upgrades ? Contract Number 2

(Fort Reno Reservoir No. 1 and Soldiers? Home Reservoir)

Safe Drinking Water Improvements


CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: June 11, 2012


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Storage Facility Upgrades ? Contract Number 2
(Fort Reno Reservoir No. 1 and Soldiers? Home Reservoir)
Safe Drinking Water Improvements
Project FS-993820-02

Project Applicant:

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
5000 Overlook Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

This project includes upgrades, repairs and rehabilitation work for Fort Reno Reservoir No. 1 and Soldiers? Home Reservoir which are owned and operated by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (also known as ?DC Water? and ?DC WASA?). Both reservoirs are underground concrete structures that are old and in need of improvements.

Fort Reno Reservoir No. 1 is located in Fort Reno Park in the northwestern part of the District of Columbia. The site is bounded by Fessenden Street to the north, Nebraska Avenue to the east, Chesapeake Street to the south and Belt Road to the west. It was originally constructed and placed into operation in 1928. This facility along with its neighboring reservoir, Fort Reno Reservoir 2 which is owned and operated by the Washington Aqueduct Division, have periodically received minor upgrades and repairs.

Fort Reno Reservoir No. 1 has a storage capacity of 5.4 million gallons and provides drinking water to the 3rd High service area in the northwestern part of Washington. See attached Figure 1 entitled ?Existing Water Service Areas?.

As part of DC Water?s triennial storage facility cleaning & disinfection program, the interior of this reservoir and its ancillary components were inspected in December 2010. The inspection consisted of observations and photographs. In addition to the physical inspection, a review of available documentation on the facilities was performed including an examination of previous suggested repairs and rehabilitation work reports. The result of this study concluded that the following work needed to be performed in order to maintain water quality, quantity, and system reliability:

? Elimination of cross-connection between the overflow and drain piping.
? Ventilation improvements to reduce windblown debris and provide system security.
? Other miscellaneous and minor improvements

Soldiers? Home Reservoir is located on the golf course adjacent to the grounds of Soldiers? Home (aka ?U.S. Soldiers? and Airmens? Home?), now a retirement community for veterans. Soldiers? Home Golf Course is located at 3700 N Capitol Street in the northwestern quadrant of Washington and is bounded by Pershing Drive, Lake Circle, Arnold Drive, and Scale Gate. The reservoir was originally constructed and placed into operation in 1939 and was most recently rehabilitated in 2003. Soldiers? Home Reservoir has a storage capacity of 15 million gallons and provides drinking water to the 1st High service area in the mid central part of Washington. See again attached Figure 1 entitled ?Existing Water Service Areas?.

DC Water?s triennial inspection conducted of the Soldiers? Home Reservoir in July 2011 determined that the following work needed to be performed in order to maintain water quality, quantity, and system reliability:

? Elimination of cross-connection between the overflow and drain piping.
? Ventilation improvements to reduce windblown debris and provide system security.
? Electrical upgrades.
? Other miscellaneous and minor improvements

This project is entitled to receive grant funding under section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 (Public Law 104-182). EPA has determined that the DC Water may receive 80% grants for such infrastructure improvement purposes. The estimated construction cost for this project is $1,900, 000, making it eligible for a Federal grant of 80%, or $1,520,000. DC Water will provide the remaining 20% in local matching funds or any unfunded balance for this project through water and sewer revenues.

For this project specifically and for drinking water projects generally, the public has had the opportunity to participate and comment on them since they were included in the District of Columbia's Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Safe Drinking Water Act Intended Use Plan and Project Priority which were distributed by EPA to interested parties including the Mayor, City Council, city agencies, DC Water Board and management, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, local environmental groups and newspapers, and all Advisory Neighborhood Commissions on February 18, 2011. Additionally, these documents were posted for comment on the EPA Region III website

Our comment period ended on March 19, 2011. During this period, no letters, telephone calls or e-mails were received relative to these documents. Consequently, EPA approved both documents which allowed for the funding of projects listed on them.


ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The proposed project are necessary to insure the quality, quantity, and safety of the drinking water supplied to the people of the District of Columbia.

Based on our evaluation and in past similar projects, impacts from the implementation of the proposed project would be short-term, construction-related impacts that could be readily mitigated through prudent and proper construction practices.

Fort Reno, a Civil War fortification built by Union forces to defend the city is in the general construction area. It was abandoned and over time, all structures and fortifications gradually disappeared. There are no existing structures from that period. The property was eventually transferred from the National Park Service to the District of Columbia. The National Park Service owns an adjacent parcel of land used by the community for recreational purposes.

The construction area will be limited to the Fort Reno Pumping Station property owned by the District of Columbia. This area has been previously and repeatedly disturbed over the past one hundred years from ongoing improvements of the water related facilities located there. There will be no impact on the general public except as noted below.

While the area near the Soldiers Home Reservoir is historic insofar as its main buildings have served as a retirement home for veterans since 1851 and a nearby cottage was used by President Lincoln as a summer home during the Civil War, the immediate construction area is located in the middle of a golf course and will not impact these structures. Any disruption to the public will be the temporary disuse of a portion of the golf course during construction. Work will be primarily scheduled to occur during the winter and cold months when there is less golfing demand.

Short-term, construction-related impacts for these projects will be associated with air quality, utilities, noise, and visual impacts. Mitigation of construction activities are described in the General Requirements of the contract documents. The General Requirements direct the selected construction contractor to adhere to specific provisions that will insure and safeguard property and utilities and any historical/archaeological discoveries if found. The contractor will undertake prudent and reasonable environmental controls with regard to erosion and dust control.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

pantuck.kennethe@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5769


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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Baltimore, MD

Maryland Transit Administration

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


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until May 29, 2012


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, is hereby giving notice that it has entered into a Consent Agreement and Final Order (?CAFO?) which both commences and concludes the administrative action against the Maryland Transit Administration, 6 St. Paul Street, Baltimore Maryland. This CAFO assesses an administrative penalty of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) of which $54,054 is being assessed under Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. ? 1319(g), for violations of the Clean Water Act, specifically, failure to completely implement the requirements of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Stormwater Permit Nos. 02-SW-1676, 02-SW-1674, 02-SW-1677, 0S-SW-1996, 02-SW-1571, 02-SW-1952, 03DP-0305/MD0000221, 02-SW-2015 for the facilities listed below. The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

Name of Case: State Of Maryland,
Maryland Department of Transportation,
Maryland Transit Authority

Address of Respondent: Maryland Transit Administration,
6 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202-1614
Docket No. RCRA-CWA-CAA-03-2012-0038

Property locations:
2 Kirk Bus Division, 226 Kirk Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217
Eastern Bus Division, 201 Oldham Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224
Northwest Bus Division, 4401 Mount Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215
Old Court Metro Maintenance, 4380 Old Court Road, Pikesville, MD 21208
MARC Frederick, 7900 Reich Ford Road, Frederick, MD 21704
MARC Martin, 2700 Eastern Boulevard, Middle River, MD 21220
MARC Brunswick, 100 South Maple Avenue, Brunswick, MD 21716
MTA Administration, Federalsburg Facility, 106 Railroad Avenue, Federalsburg, MD 21632

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Section 309(g) of the Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment.  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:

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


Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. ? 22.13(b), this proceeding is simultaneously commenced and concluded by the issuance of a consent agreement and final order pursuant to 40 C.F.R. ? 22.18(b)(2). This public notice constitutes notification to the public of the assessment of a civil penalty in a proceeding commenced pursuant to § 22.13(b), no less than 40 days before the issuance of an order assessing a civil penalty.


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

Joyce Howell (3RC30)
Senior Assistant Regional Counsel
1650 Arch Street
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2644

Howell.Joyce@epa.gov

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Baltimore, MD

CNX Marine Terminals, Inc.

NOTICE OF PROPOSED ASSESSMENT OF CLEAN WATER ACT SECTION 309(g)
CLASS II PENALTY
AND
OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until May 4, 2012


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, is hereby giving notice that it has entered into a Consent Agreement and Final Order (?CAFO?) which both commences and concludes the administrative action against CNX Marine Terminals, Inc. 800 new Gate Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland. This CAFO assesses an administrative penalty of thirty-four thousand six hundred dollars ($34,600) under Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. ? 1319(g), for violation of the Clean Water Act by discharging in excesses of the pollutant limits set forth in the facility?s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit No. MD0055824. The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Name of Case: CNX Marine Terminals, Inc.
Docket No.: RCRA/CWA-03-2012-0156
Property located at: 800 New Gate Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland


 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Section 309(g) of the Act, 33 U.S.C. ? 1319(g), requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment. 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:

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


Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. ? 22.13(b), this proceeding is simultaneously commenced and concluded by the issuance of a consent agreement and final order pursuant to 40 C.F.R. ? 22.18(b)(2). This public notice constitutes notification to the public of the assessment of a civil penalty in a proceeding commenced pursuant to § 22.13(b), no less than 40 days before the issuance of an order assessing a civil penalty.


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

Judith Hykel (3RC60)
Senior Assistant Regional Counsel
1650 Arch Street
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2472

Hykel.Judith@epa.gov

Tia Chambers (3EC10)
Office of Enforcement, Compliance,
and Environmental Justice
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2164

Chambers.Tia@epa.gov

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Harford County, Maryland

Oaklyn Manor Area Gravity Sewer and Reconfiguration

Of the Pine Road Pumping Station Service Area Project


CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: May 4, 2012


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Harford County, Maryland
Oaklyn Manor Area Gravity Sewer and Reconfiguration
Of the Pine Road Pumping station Service Area Project
XP-973366-01

Project Applicant:

Ms. Jacqueline K. Ludwig, Chief
Department of Public Works
Division of Water and Sewer
Harford County Government
145 N. Hickory Avenue
Bel Air, MD 21014

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: During the early 1990s, Harford County, Maryland, (County) constructed wastewater interceptors, force mains and pump stations (PS) (the Joppa Farm PS #47; Joppa Farm PS #52; and Pine Road PS #53). The County has two Wastewater Treatment Plants(WWTPs) that serve the Joppa-Magnolia area, i.e. the Sod Run WWTP and the Joppatowne WWTP. Currently, the Joppa Farm PS #47 splits its wastewater flows between the Pine Road PS #53 which sends flow to the Sod Run WWTP and the Joppatowne WWTP. Most of the wastewater is directed to the Pine Road PS #53.

The Oaklyn Manor service area is separated from the Joppa-Magnolia service area by U.S. Route 40. Over the past 50 years, housing developments were built in this area to accommodate growth from Baltimore. The Oaklyn Manor development was built with on-site wastewater treatment systems (septic tank and drainfield). The service life of an on-site system depends upon various factors which include the lot size, type of soils and preventative maintenance performed. As the service life of these systems end, the homeowner can either replace it with an alternative on-site system or connect to a public sewer system, which is the proposed project.

The proposed project is located in the southeastern portion of the County between U.S. Interstate 95 on the north side and the Chesapeake Bay on the south side. The west and east boundaries are the Little Gunpowder Falls and Maryland Route 152. The addition of the wastewater flows from the Oaklyn Manor service area to the existing sewer system will require either an expansion of the Pine Road PS #53 design capacity and parts of the intervening interceptors, force mains and pump stations or redirecting wastewater flows to the Joppatowne WWTP which is underutilized. The County anticipates that the ultimate wastewater flows from Oaklyn Manor will be about 260,000 gallons per day (gpd).

Harford County proposes to direct the Oaklyn Manor wastewater flows to the Sod Run Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) through the Joppa Farm Pump Station (PS) #52 and the Pine Road PS #53. Redirecting additional wastewater flows from Joppa-Magnolia service area to the Joppatowne WWTP is more cost-effective than expanding the wastewater conveyance system from Pine Road PS #53 to the Sod Run WWTP. Also, the Joppa-Magnolia service area is within two miles of the Joppatowne WWTP which reduces the cost of conveying wastewater flows to a WWTP.

To accomplish this project, reconfiguration of the Pine Road PS #53 service, construction of two gravity interceptor sewers and modification of the Joppa Farm PS #47 area are required. One gravity interceptor sewer will connect the Oaklyn Manor wastewater collection system to the Joppa Farm PS #52. This interceptor sewer is referred by the County as the Oaklyn Manor Area gravity sewer, and it will be a 12-inch diameter sewer pipe, approximately 2,100 linear feet in length. Another gravity interceptor will expand the connection between the Joppa Farm PS #47 and the Joppatowne WWTP. This interceptor is referred to as the Joppa Farm Road relief sewer, and it will be approximately 3,100 linear feet in length and range in size from 12-inch to 24-inch diameter sewer pipe.

The Joppa Farm PS #47 modifications will direct all wastewater flows to the Joppatowne WWTP and replace the existing pumps with variable frequency drive pumps. The Joppatowne WWTP has sufficient capacity to treat the wastewater from the Joppa-Magnolia service area. Approximately 125,000 gpd of additional wastewater will be sent to the WWTP. Joppatowne WWTP has about 200,000 gpd of unreserved capacity.

The proposed project will be constructed within right-of-way of local roads, existing sewer easements and pumping stations # 47 and #52 properties. The Oaklyn Manor Area gravity sewer will have to cross a railroad track. The current plan proposes to use the Joppa Farm Road underpass for the crossing.

The proposed project?s construction cost is $2,446,000. An EPA grant of $765,300 is available for this project.


ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: There are no significant adverse environmental effects expected by the construction of this project. Construction activity will be limited to right-of-ways of local roads, existing sewer easements and pumping stations #47 and #52 properties, and it will conform to Maryland?s Erosion and Sedimentation Policy.

The project will allow 220 properties which use on-site treatment systems to connect to a public wastewater treatment system. Disconnecting these on-site systems will reduce the amount of nutrients and other pollutants in the stormwater runoff which flows into the Little Gunpowder Falls, a tributary to the Gunpowder River and the Chesapeake Bay. This will help to improve the quality of these water bodies.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

Bostic.Donna@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-2608


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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Town of Gretna, Virginia

Main Sewer Water line Replacement


CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: April 23, 2012


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Town of Gretna, Virginia
Main Sewer Water line Replacement
XP-973610-01-1

Project Applicant:

Mr. David Lilly
Town Manager
Town of Gretna
P.O. Box 602
Gretna, Virginia 24557

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The Town of Gretna (Town), Virginia, is proposing to replace a 6-inch diameter water line along Main Street, between the Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and Leftwich Street. The project will install 2,020 linear feet of 6-inch diameter water line.

The existing Main Street water main needs to be replaced because it is significantly obstructed by tuberculation (thickening of the pipe?s internal walls due to corrosion) which constricts the flow of water, subject to breakage (most recent breakage occurred January 2012) and is beyond its intended service life (over 70 years old). Also, the Main Street water main is the backup connection between the WTP and the Town?s water distribution system.

The construction work will be located within the right-of-way of Main Street or the WTP site.

The estimated construction cost for proposed project is $80,000 which will be partially funded by EPA grant funds.


ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The project will provide safe drinking water to the residences and businesses located along Main Street. All construction work will occur on previously disturbed site?existing roadway or the WTP site. An erosion and sedimentation plan, approved by the state, will mitigate the impacts of the construction activities.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

McAdams.Dave@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5764


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

Washington,DC

notice of proposal to reissue of NPDES permit to the General Services Administration, Heating Operations and Transmission District (GSA HOTD)
and opportunity for public comment


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Water Protection Division
Office of NPDES Permits and Enforcement, NPDES Enforcement Branch (3WP41)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: April 13,2012


Permit No.: DC0000035

NAME AND ADDRESS OF APPLICANT: GSA-HOTD 301 7th Street, S.W. , Washington, DC 20407

Name of Facility: Mississippi Avenue Pumping Station

Address Where Discharge Occurs: 1051 29th Street, N.W. , Washington, DC 20007

Location of Discharges and Receiving Waters: Rock Creek


NOTICE: In compliance with the provisions of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. Part 1251 et seq., notice is hereby given that the United Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to reissue a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit to the General Services Administration, Heating Operations and Transmission District (GSA HOTD) (Permittee), for its West Heating Plant, located in the District of Columbia. This action is to replace GSA?s permit DC0000035 which was last issued in 2007 and currently in effect. The new Permit will allow the Permittee to continue to discharge groundwater mixed with steam condensate and stormwater from a roof drain through Outfall 002 to Rock Creek. The proposed reissued Permit discharge for the Permittee is from the operation of the West Heating plant that has not been in operation since 1997. Specific details concerning the decision rationale for reissuing the NPDES Permit as well as special conditions and terms requiring actions by the Permittee are described in the attached draft NPDES Permit (PDF) (16 pgs, 60K), About PDF and the draft Fact Sheet (PDF) (6 pgs, 47K), About PDF.

The Government of the District of Columbia, Department of the Environment proposes to provide Clean Water Act Section 401 certification for this facility.

The discharges from this facility will be subject to certain effluent limitations and special conditions in accordance with the Clean Water Act and District of Columbia law. These proposed determinations are tentative pending public comment and DC government certification.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the proposed draft Permit are invited to submit a written statement to the attention of the EPA contact person listed below within thirty (30) days. The public comment and review period commences on March 15, 2012 until April 13, 2012. Any interested party may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing shall be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised in the hearing. Requests for hearings shall be submitted to the attention of the EPA contact person listed below within the thirty (30) day public comment period.


Water Quality Certification: Comments relating to the District of Columbia?s 401 Certification should be submitted to:

Collin R. Burrell, Associate Director
Water Quality Division
District of Columbia Department of the Environment
1200 First Street, N.E. 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20002


FURTHER INFORMATION: Information relevant to the proposed draft Permit may be requested from the EPA contact person. Copies of the proposed draft Permit, draft fact sheet, and draft administrative record are available for public review at the EPA Region III office during normal business hours. In addition, copies of these documents are available for inspection at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library; 901 G Street, N.W.; Washington, D.C. 20001, as well as online at the following web address: http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/public_notices.htm.


REGISTER OF INTERESTED PERSONS: Any person who is interested in having his name included on a mailing list to receive notifications of public comment for draft NPDES permits may leave his name, address, telephone number and/or email address with the EPA contact listed below. The list of names will be maintained to notify persons of the commencement of public comment for future NPDES permits and as a means for persons with an interest in an application to contact others with similar interests.


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Mary Letzkus
Office of NPDES Permits and Enforcement (3WP41)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
215-814-2087
Letzkus.Mary@epa.gov

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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PUBLIC NOTICE

Commonwealth of Virginia

notice of opportunity for public comment and public hearing
on the tentative approval of virginia's revision
of its public water system supervision primacy program

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Water Protection Division
Drinking Water Branch/Mail Code: 3WP21
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: April 4,2012


NOTICE: Notice is hereby given in accordance with the provision of section 1413 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended, and the requirements governing the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation, 40 CFR Part 142, that the Commonwealth of Virginia is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision Program. The Commonwealth has adopted the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2) and the Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (Stage 2) which will provide for better public health protection by reducing potential cancer and reproductive and developmental health risks from disinfection byproducts in drinking water and by reducing illness linked with Cryptosporidium and other pathogenic microorganisms in drinking water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that these revisions are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, EPA has decided to tentatively approve these program revisions.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: The public is invited to submit written comments on this determination and may request a public hearing. Comments or a request for a public hearing must be submitted by April 4, 2012 to the Regional Administrator (RA) at the EPA address below.

EPA will consider all comment and if necessary, EPA will issue a response or hold a public hearing. Frivolous or insubstantial requests for a hearing may be denied by the RA. If no timely or proper hearing request is received and the RA does not elect to hold a hearing on his own, and if no comments are received which cause EPA to modify its tentative approval, this determination shall be effective on April 4, 2012. Any request for a public hearing shall include the following information: Persons wishing to comment on the proposed draft Permit are invited to submit a written statement to the attention of the EPA contact person listed below within thirty (30) days. The public comment and review period commences on March 15, 2012 until April 13, 2012. Any interested party may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing shall be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised in the hearing. Requests for hearings shall be submitted to the attention of the EPA contact person listed below within the thirty (30) day public comment period.

1. The name, address, and telephone number of the individual, organization, or other entity requesting a hearing.

2. A brief statement of the requesting person's interest in the Regional Administrator's determination and of information that the requesting person intends to submit at such hearing.

3. The signature of the individual making the request; or, if the request is made on behalf of an organization or other entity, the signature of a responsible official of the organization or other entity.


FURTHER INFORMATION::Information on EPA?s determination is available for public view between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the following offices:

? Drinking Water Branch, Water Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029.

? Office of Drinking Water, Virginia Department of Health, Madison Building, 6th Floor, 109 Governor Street, Room 632, Richmond, VA 23219


CONTACT INFORMATION: For additional information contact Anthony Meadows at the Philadelphia address given above, via email at Meadows.Anthony@epa.gov or via fax at (215) 814-2302.

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

Manor Township, Pennsylvania

notice of intent to lodge consent agreement and final order
and opportunity for public comment


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

Comments will be accepted until: March 26,2012


NPDES Permit No.:PAG133596


Docket No. CWA-03-2012-0092


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 lodge a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) involving the Respondent named below, for alleged violations at the facility listed below.

Respondent:

Manor Township
950 West Fairway Drive
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603

FACILITY:

Manor Township?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 CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) conduct illicit discharge field screening inspections, (2) map stormwater outfalls, and (3) implement an operation and maintenance program (including training) of post-construction stormwater Best Management Practices, among others. 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 Manor Township?s MS4 program.


PROPOSED CONSENT DECREE 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 lodge the CAFO requiring a $40,968.00 payment of penalty, which is consistent with 40 C.F.R. Part 19.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of 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 concise statementof 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.

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


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

Lori Kier
Senior Assistant Regional Counsel
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2656
Kier.Lori@epa.gov

Diana-Aureana Nguyen (3WP42)
Environmental Scientist/Enforcement Officer
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2389
Nguyen.Aureana@epa.gov

 

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PUBLIC NOTICE

City of Lebanon, Pennsylvania

notice of intent to lodge consent agreement and final order
and opportunity for public comment


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

Comments will be accepted until: March 26,2012


NPDES Permit No.: PAG133613


Docket No.: CWA-03-2012-0095



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 lodge a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) involving the Respondent named above, for alleged violations at the facility listed above.

Respondent:

City of Lebanon
400 S. 8th Street
Lebanon, PA 17042

FACILITY:

City of Lebanon?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 CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) implement and enforce a program to detect and eliminate illicit discharges into the MS4: (2) implement and enforce a program to reduce pollution in stormwater runoff to the MS4 from construction activities; (3) implement and enforce a program to reduce pollution in stormwater run off from new development and redevelopment; and (4) implement an operation and maintenance program that includes a training program and has the ultimate goal of preventing or reducing pollutant runoff from municipal operations. 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 the City of Lebanon?s MS4 program.

 

PROPOSED CONSENT DECREE 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 lodge the CAFO requiring the payment of a $21,600.00 penalty.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of 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 concise statementof 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.

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


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

Matthew Colip
NPDES Enforcement Officer
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5439
Colip.Matthew@epa.gov

 

 

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PUBLIC NOTICE

City of York, Pennsylvania

notice of intent to lodge consent agreement and final order
and opportunity for public comment


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

Comments will be accepted until: March 26,2012


NPDES Permit No.: PAG133596


Docket No. CWA-03-2012-0093


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 lodge a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) involving the Respondent named below, for alleged violations at the facility listed below.

RESPONDENT:

City of York
50 West King Street
York, Pennsylvania 17405

FACILITY:

City of York?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 CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) implement and enforce a program to detect and eliminate illicit discharges into the MS4: (2) implement and enforce a program to reduce pollution in stormwater runoff to the MS4 from construction activities; (3) implement and enforce a program to reduce pollution in stormwater run off from new development and redevelopment; and (4) implement an operation and maintenance program that includes a training program and has the ultimate goal of preventing or reducing pollutant runoff from municipal operations. 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 the City of York?s MS4 program.


PROPOSED CONSENT DECREE 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 lodge the CAFO requiring the payment of a $22,740.00 penalty. As a result of EPA?s enforcement action, the City of York has convened a stormwater task force that has addressed and/or is expected to address many of the shortcomings identified in the City?s MS4 program.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of 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 thirty (40) days of the date of this public notice. Comments received within this thirty (40) day period will be considered. All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the writer and concise statementof 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. Interested parties may contact the following EPA representative to learn more about this action.


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

Peter Gold
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5236
Gold.Peter@epa.gov

 

 

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PUBLIC NOTICE

Swatara Township, Pennsylvania

notice of intent to lodge consent agreement and final order
and opportunity for public comment


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

Comments will be accepted until: March 26,2012


NPDES Permit No.: PAG133615


Docket No. CWA-03-2012-0094


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 lodge a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) involving the Respondent named below, for alleged violations at the facility listed below.

Respondent:

Swatara Township
599 Eisenhower Blvd
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17111

FACILITY:

Swatara Township?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 CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) failed to implement and enforce a program to detect and eliminate illicit discharges into the MS4; (2) failed to implement and enforce a program to reduce pollution in any stormwater runoff to the MS4 from new development or redevelopment projects; and, (3) failed to implement an operation and maintenance program that includes a training component. 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 the Swatara Township?s MS4 program.


PROPOSED CONSENT DECREE 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 lodge the CAFO requiring a $43,300 payment of penalty, which is consistent with 40 C.F.R. Part 19.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of 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 concise statementof 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.

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


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

Lori Kier
Senior Assistant Regional Counsel
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2656
Kier.Lori@epa.gov

Ms. Kyle J. Zieba (3WP42)
Environmental Scientist
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5420
Zieba.Kyle@epa.gov

 

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PUBLIC NOTICE

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

notice of proposal to reissue final permit,
and opportunity for public comment


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

Comments will be accepted until: March 8,2012


Permit No.: DC0000337

Name of Case: Washington Metro Area Transit Authority


NAME AND ADDRESS OF APPLICANT: Washington Metro Area Transit Authority

3500 Pennsy Drive

Room C-172

Hyattsville, MD 20785


Name of Facility: Mississippi Avenue Pumping Station

Address of Facility Where Discharge Occurs: 1400 Mississippi Avenue, S.E.

Washington, DC 20032


Locations of Discharges and Receiving Waters: Oxon Run


NOTICE: In compliance with the provisions of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. Part 1251 et seq., notice is hereby given that the United Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to reissue a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit to the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (Permittee), to replace their 2006 Permit, which is currently in effect. The new Permit will allow the Permittee to continue to discharge storm water from the discharge location to Oxon Run. The proposed reissued Permit discharge for the Permittee is from the operation of the Metrorail route that services the Washington Metropolitan Area on the Green Line from Southern Avenue Station to Congress Heights Station. Specific details concerning the decision rationale for reissuing the NPDES Permit as well as special conditions and terms requiring actions by the Permittee are described in the attached draft NPDES Permit (PDF) (22 pp, 113K)and the draft Fact Sheet (PDF) (8 pp, 55K).

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the proposed draft Permit are invited to submit a written statement to the attention of the EPA contact person listed below within thirty (30) days. The public comment and review period commences on February 7, 2012, and ends on March 8, 2012. Any interested party may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing shall be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised in the hearing.  Requests for hearings shall be submitted to the attention of the EPA contact person listed below within the thirty (30) day public comment period.


FURTHER INFORMATION: Information relevant to the proposed draft Permit may be requested from the EPA contact person. Copies of the proposed draft Permit, draft fact sheet, and draft administrative record are available for public review at the EPA Region III office during normal business hours. In addition, copies of these documents are available for inspection at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library; 901 G Street, N.W.; Washington, D.C. 20001.


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Kaitlyn Bendik
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2709
Bendik.Kaitlyn@epa.gov

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania

NOTICE OF INTENT TO LODGE CONSENT AGREEMENT AND FINAL ORDER 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: January 12, 2012
NPDES Permit No.: PAG133577
DOCKET NUMBER: CWA-03-2011-0227


Comments will be accepted until February 21, 2012.


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 lodge a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) involving the Respondent named below, for alleged violations at the facility listed below.


RESPONDENT:
City of Lancaster
120 N. Duke Street
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17608


FACILITY
City of Lancaster?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 CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) remove or correct illicit discharges in the MS4, (2) ensure installation and maintenance of post-construction BMPs, and (3) implement an operation and maintenance program (including training) at municipal facilities.  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 the City of Lancaster’s MS4 program.


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 lodge the CAFO requiring a $6,500.00 payment of penalty, which is consistent with 40 C.F.R. Part 19.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of 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 concise statement of the basis for any comment and any relevant facts on which it is based.


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 representatives to learn more about this action:

Lori Kier 3RC20)
Senior Assistant Regional Counsel
1650 Arch Street
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2656
Kier.Lori@epa.gov

Rebecca Crane (3WP42)
Environmental Engineer
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2389

Crane.Rebecca@epa.gov

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Bell Township, Clearfield County, PA

EXCO Resources, LLC


NOTICE OF PROPOSAL TO ISSUE ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER
And OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

Docket No. SDWA-03-2012-0061

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

Comments will be accepted until February 3, 2012.


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III is hereby giving notice that it has entered into a Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) with EXCO Resources (PA), LLC (“EXCO”) for violations of its Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program Permit and the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).  Specifically, EXCO violated the terms of its UIC permit by failing to immediately cease injection of brine into the Irvin A-19 Brine Disposal Well (“Irvin Well”) upon discovering that the well had failed mechanical integrity.  The CAFO also finds EXCO in violation for failing to provide EPA with proper notice of a mechanical integrity failure and of a well rework.  Finally, the CAFO finds that EXCO operated the Irvin Well at a pressure exceeding its permitted maximum injection pressure for a three month period in 2010.  The CAFO will require EXCO to properly repair the Irvin Well,  demonstrate mechanical integrity of the well, and pay a penalty of one hundred fifty-nine thousand six hundred twenty-four dollars ($159,624).  The penalty is based on the gravity of the violations and on avoided expenses associated with the continued injection of brine during the period of failed mechanical integrity.  There was no documented contamination to underground sources of drinking water. The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

EXCO Resources (PA), LLC
300 Ericsson Drive, Suite 200
Warrendale, PA 15086-5501


NEED AND DESCRIPTION: In Pennsylvania, the UIC program is directly implemented by EPA. Therefore, EPA is responsible for issuing enforcement actions to address violations of the UIC Program.


 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Section 309(g) of the Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment.  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:

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


Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. ? 22.13(b), this proceeding is simultaneously commenced and concluded by the issuance of a consent agreement and final order pursuant to 40 C.F.R. ? 22.18(b)(2). This public notice constitutes notification to the public of the assessment of a civil penalty in a proceeding commenced pursuant to § 22.13(b), no less than 40 days before the issuance of an order assessing a civil penalty.


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

Zachary Moor (3RC20)
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2472

moor.zachary@epa.gov

or

Roger Reinhart (3WP22)
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5462

reinhart.roger@epa.gov

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Matamoras Township, PA

Westfall Sewer Improvements Project


CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: February 13,2012


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Westfall Sewer Improvements Project

Project Applicant:

Albert W. Schneider, Chairman
Westfall Township Municipal Authority
155 Westfall Town Drive
P.O. Box 235
Matamoras, PA 18336

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The Westfall Township Municipal Authority (WTMA) has authorized the design and construction of a new sewage pump station and force main to provide adequate hydraulic capacity within the sewage conveyance system. The proposed project calls for the replacement of the existing sewer pump station (Westfall Sewage Pump Station #1) with a larger capacity station along with the installation of an 8? diameter force main parallel to the existing 6? diameter pipe. The new pump station will allow the 0.374 mgd capacity of the plant to be utilized, and will allow sufficient velocities to be maintained at all times thereby eliminating the concern over low velocities and long retention times.

As part of the project, WTMA also proposes to complete the Rose Lane Sewer Extension Project. Rose lane is an existing residential street located in Westfall Township with 27 existing homes currently serviced by existing on-lot sewage disposal systems (OLDS). The project will install 2,650 feet of new sewer within the Rose Lane right-of-way (ROW) and provide sewer to the 27 existing home and five (5) undeveloped lots.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau for Historic Preservation, determined that the project will have no effect on both historic and archeological resources.

The estimated eligible EPA project costs total $3,163,000. An EPA grant of $1,740,000 is available for this project.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:


The new pump station in combination with the new parallel pipe will allow sufficient velocities to be maintained at all times thereby eliminating the concern over low velocities and long retention times. The Rose Lane extension will provide public sewer service to 27 residential properties currently utilizing on-lot sewage disposal systems and five (5) undeveloped lots.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

Edward Hopkins

Hopkins.Edward@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5401


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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City of Salisbury, MD

West Isabella Street Water Main Project


CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: February 13,2012


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Maryland Department of the Environment
City of Salisbury, Maryland
West Isabella Street Water Main Project
XP-963128-01

Project Applicant:

Ms. Susan Scotto
Director, Operational Services Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The City of Salisbury, Maryland, proposes to replace 2,150 linear feet of 8-inch diameter cast iron water main, located along West Isabella Street, with a 12-inch diameter water main. The project will also replace 29 water meter pits, the lead-soldered service lines between the meter pits and the new water main, and the connections to 3 existing fire hydrants.

The existing West Isabella Street water main is over 60 years old, and it experiences frequent failures because of corrosion and brittleness. Also, this water main is undersized to meet current drinking water demands of its service area. This project is part of Salisbury?s Systemwide Cast Iron Piping Replacement Project.

The proposed project will be constructed within the existing right-of-ways of West Isabella Street. The construction work area has been fully disturbed by previous construction activities?building the existing water main and other utilities within the street.

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will be the designated grant recipient for this project. MDE will sub-award the grant to the City of Salisbury.

The estimated cost of the proposed project is $881,818. EPA grant funds of $485,000 are available for this project.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:


There are no significant adverse environmental effects expected by the construction of this project. Construction activity will be limited to right-of-ways of West Isabella Street, an area that has been fully disturbed by previous construction activities, and it will conform to Maryland?s Erosion and Sedimentation Policy.

The proposed project will eliminate a deteriorated segment of cast iron water main which is prone to frequent failures. The project will improve the reliability of this water main segment, increase water flow to the customers and help maintain water pressure within the project?s service area.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

McAdams.Dave@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5764


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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Ducansville, Pa

SMALL TUBE PRODUCTS, LLC

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

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until January 31, 2012.


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, is hereby giving notice that it has entered into a Consent Agreement and Final Order (?CAFO?) which both commences and concludes the administrative action against Small Tube Products, LLC, 200 Oliphant Drive Ducansville, PA 16635. This CAFO assesses an administrative penalty of seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000) under Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. ? 1319(g), for violation of the Clean Water Act by discharging in excesses of the pollutant limits set forth in the facility?s NPDES Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit No. 10-04. The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

Small Tube Products, LLC
Docket No. CWA-03-2012-0016
Property located at:
200 Oliphant Drive
Ducansville, PA 16635

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Section 309(g) of the Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment.  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:

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


Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. ? 22.13(b), this proceeding is simultaneously commenced and concluded by the issuance of a consent agreement and final order pursuant to 40 C.F.R. ? 22.18(b)(2). This public notice constitutes notification to the public of the assessment of a civil penalty in a proceeding commenced pursuant to § 22.13(b), no less than 40 days before the issuance of an order assessing a civil penalty.


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

Douglas W. Frankenthaler (3RC20)
Assistant Regional Counsel
1650 Arch Street
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2472

Frankenthaler.Douglas@epa.gov

Matthew R. Colip (3WP42)
NPDES Enforcement Branch
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5439

Colip.Matthew@epa.gov

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Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant


Large Valve Replacements: Contract Number 9


CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: January 17,2012


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Large Valve Replacements: Contract Number 9
Drinking Water Improvements
Project FS-993812-09

Project Location:

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
5000 Overlook Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The ?DC Water? (aka the ?District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority? or ?WASA?) drinking water system serves a resident population of approximately 550,000 people. Commuters, tourists, and visitors increase this to about 1,000,000 on a typical day, and up to 1,200,000 during peak summer months.

The proposed project consists of the replacement of eighteen large diameter valves, 16 to 48 inches in diameter, at fifteen locations that were found to be either defective or inoperable in the District of Columbia?s water distribution system.

The distribution system contains several thousand valves, which are used to maintain and control the flow of water through the system. The valves serve two primary functions: maintenance of operating pressures in the system and the ability to bypass and isolate sections of the system for maintenance and repairs. Due to the importance of these functions, DC Water has an ongoing valve maintenance program, which consists of regularly scheduled checking or ?exercising? of the valves to ensure proper operation and maintaining a database with this information. During prior valve checking and water main flushing operations, a number of valves were found to be defective and inoperable, and in need of replacement. The purpose of this project is to replace a portion of these large diameter defective valves.

The proposed project work was developed pursuant to recommendations in the past U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Sanitary Surveys to protect the drinking water quality in the District. The completion of this project will improve the reliability of the system by having currently inoperable valves restored to functionality, which will provide DC Water with the ability to isolate smaller sections of the distribution system should maintenance or emergency repairs be required. This will help to protect drinking water quality by allowing smaller sections of the system to be isolated and lower the potential for water quality problems from system breaks. The project will also reduce leakage from defective valves.

Valves to be replaced are buried and will require excavation. Work locations are in city streets or in public right-of-ways. Detailed work locations are listed in the Attachments. Additionally, the contract drawings are available for review at the offices of DC Water.

The construction sequence of valve replacement is typically as follows:

Customers are notified in advance of system shut-downs for the work throughout the area. Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, door hangers, and posted notices. Shut down time is minimized and scheduled to avoid high-demand periods for the water system.

The valve is isolated from the water distribution system by the operation of other valves.

The area around the valve is excavated to provide access for removal and replacement. Excavations are dewatered and shored as required by the Occupation Safety and Health Administration. If the area is in the street, the area is coned off and traffic is protected and maintained in accordance with the District Department of Transportation?s and DC Water?s standard requirements.

The existing valve and appurtenant piping is removed and replaced.

The new valve and sections of pipe are put back into service and the area around the valve is restored to pre-existing conditions. accordance with American Water Works Association guidelines and DC Water?s standard requirements.

If the proposed project is not completed, the potential exists for water quality degradation due to microbiological problems from both outward contamination and flow reductions. Valves that are broken in the closed position create unnecessary dead ends with poor water circulation that can result in diminished disinfectant residual and the potential for microbial growth. In addition, operation of the pressurized system will be more difficult without a network of working valves and a larger area then necessary will be impacted when repair or maintenance is required. Moreover, operation and maintenance costs will increase and the water distribution system will become less reliable.

The available alternatives to the one proposed are limited. A ?no action? alternative and repair of the valves were evaluated. The valves to be replaced were originally installed between 1905 and 1972 with the majority installed prior to the 1960?s. In many cases the age of the valves makes obtaining repair parts difficult. Also, it is not possible to assess the repairability of the valves until they are fully excavated, which would then require an excessively long interruption of service while new parts are obtained and installed. As a practical matter, each valve will be removed from service and replaced with a new valve purchased under the contract. The old valve will be taken to the DC Water utility yard for condition assessment. If found to be repairable, it will be overhauled, placed in stock and available for future field installation. Non-repairable valves will be disposed of as scrap for recycling.

This project is entitled to receive grant funding under section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 (Public Law 104-182). EPA has determined that the District of Columbia may receive 80% grants for such infrastructure improvement purposes. Accordingly, DC Water, being the responsible authority for the distribution of water within the District, may receive these grants. The estimated cost for Contract Number 9 is $2,299,200 making it eligible for a Federal grant of 80%, or $1,839,360. Since only $150,000 of Federal funds is currently available, the initial grant award will be limited to this amount. Should more Federal funds become available, as expected, in the future, they may be added to this grant award. In the meantime, DC Water will provide the remaining unfunded balance using water and sewer revenues.

For this project specifically and for drinking water projects generally, the public has had the opportunity to participate and comment on them since they were included in the District of Columbia's Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Safe Drinking Water Act Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List which were distributed by EPA to interested parties including the Mayor, City Council, city agencies, DC Water Board and management, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, local environmental groups and newspapers, and all Advisory Neighborhood Commissions on February 18, 2011. Additionally, these documents were posted for comment on the EPA Region III website.

The comment period ended on March 19, 2011. During this period, no letters, telephone calls or e-mails were received relative to these documents. Consequently, EPA approved both documents which allowed for the funding of projects listed on them.


ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The proposed projects are necessary to insure the quality, quantity, and safety of the drinking water supplied to the people of the District of Columbia.

The proposed project will take place in various sections of the District of Columbia. The existing environmental setting of the water service area is predominantly urban residential. The valves to be removed and replaced are located below grade in streets or in urban right-of ways. These areas were previously disturbed during the original construction of the water distribution system.

Based on our evaluation, impacts from the implementation of the proposed project would be short-term, construction-related impacts that could be readily mitigated through prudent and proper construction practices. The areas where construction is to take place have been previously disturbed from typical urban development including utilities, roadways, sidewalks and other related facilities.

Short-term, construction-related impacts for these projects will be associated with air quality, utilities, noise and visual resources impacts. Mitigation for construction activities will be described in the General Requirements of the contract documents. The General Requirements direct the selected construction contractors to adhere to specific provisions that will insure and safeguard property, utilities, historical/archaeological discoveries, preconstruction surveys, environmental controls (erosion and dust control and water pollution prevention), and trench excavation techniques. The contract documents have been approved by EPA.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

Pantuck.Kenneth@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Kenenth Pantuck (215) 814-5764


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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District Department of the Environment

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: December 21, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Project C-963105-01
FY 2011 Clean Water Grant

Project Applicant:

District Department of the Environment
1200 First Street, NE, 5th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20002

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The District of Columbia?s Department of the Environment (DDOE) received Federal funding on September 26, 2011 to implement numerous projects whose project types are defined and eligible under either Section 212 or Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Section 212 projects typically consist of such things as sewers and wastewater treatment facilities while Section 319 projects typically consist of non-point source work such as green roofs, stream restoration, tree planting, and impervious surface reductions. Tree plantings may be categorized as either Section 212 or Section 319 eligible work depending upon their location and what Federally issued permit controls that specific area. These types of projects are often termed ?green projects?.

This Categorical Exclusion Request deals mainly with the Section 319 project portion of this grant including tree planting and are identified below. The other Section 212 projects or those projects that are a combination of Section 212 and Section 319 activities are excluded from this decision. These will require more detailed environmental evaluations and will be issued individually at a later date.

?Green projects? are low-impact and soft-footprint strategies that are used to reduce the adverse impacts of storm events and stormwater flows that often overload the city?s sewer systems, damage stream banks and other wildlife habitat, and pollute adjacent water bodies when the hydraulic loads in pipes become excessive and overflow. Green stormwater control projects typically improve the aesthetics in the neighborhoods where they are located.

Description of projects covered by this Categorical Exclusion Decision

1. Unified Green Roof Rebate Program

Subrecipient: DDOE

Estimated Cost: $1,100,000

Project Description: Program will provide financial rebates to large pubic or commercial buildings to encourage the construction of green roofs. Green roofs have demonstrated the ability to capture and attenuate stormwater flows, reduce ambient carbon dioxide levels, counteract heat island effects in urban areas, and provide wildlife habitat.

2. RiverSmart Homes Program

Subrecipient: DDOE

Estimated Cost: $600,000

Project Description: Program will provide financial rebates and subsidies to encourage homeowners to install various green stormwater control components to their properties including rain barrels, rain gardens, tree planting, ?Bay Scaping?, and the reduction of impervious surfaces.

3. Broad Branch Daylighting and Stream Restoration

Subrecipient: DDOE

Estimated Cost: $800,000

Project Description: The project will ?daylight? a 1,600 foot portion of Broad Branch, a tributary to Rock Creek. Daylighting a stream is the act of restoring to open air some or all of the flow of a previously covered creek or stormwater drainage. Daylighting this section of Broad Branch will improve water quality both at this location and downstream by exposing water to sunlight, air, soil, and vegetation, all of which help process and remove pollutants.

4. Nash Run Stream Restoration

Subrecipient: DDOE

Estimated Cost: $600,000

Project Description: The project consists of the design and reconstruction of an 800 foot portion of Nash Run, a tributary to the Anacostia River. The restoration activity will modify the existing stream channel to reduce the severe hydraulic flows and pollutants entering the stream during intense stormwater events which is degrading its water quality and eroding its banks.

5. Green Roof Installations at Fire Stations # 4, 7, 11, and 12

Subrecipient: DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS)

Estimated Cost: $1,000,000

Project Description: The project consists of the installation of green roofs at the identified fire stations.

6. Tree Planting and Maintenance

Subrecipient: District Department of Transportation (DDOT)

Estimated Cost: $800,000

Project Description: The project consists of planting approximately 1,082 trees in the new tree boxes and medians constructed under Project Number 8 below, ?Impervious Surface Removal? or in empty tree boxes where dead or damaged trees had been removed in the past. Aside from the stormwater control benefits, trees in general will reduce the urban heat island effect, reduce energy consumption through shading and cooling, filter particulate matter, and sequester ambient carbon dioxide

7. LID Retrofits to Roadways

Subrecipient: District Department of Transportation (DDOT)

Estimated Cost: $1,380,085

Project Description: The project consists of several demonstration sites utilizing various low impact development (LID) technologies such as streetside bioretention, curbless streets, and vegetated curb bumpouts to manage stormwater runoff and its associated pollutants from roadways.

8. Impervious Surface Removal

Subrecipient: District Department of Transportation (DDOT)

Estimated Cost: $1,713,223

Project Description: This project consists of removing concrete or other imperious surface material around existing tree boxes or creating new tree boxes and planting appropriate vegetation to allow for the capture and absorption of stormwater flows from roads, sidewalks, and medians.

The estimated cost for the eight projects listed above is approximately $7,993,308. Federal participation is $4,396,319 or 55% share of their estimated allowable costs. The entire Federal grant is $17,224,000.

Should unforeseen logistical problems be encountered in implementing any of the proposed projects detailed above, DDOE may substitute locations or work, or add work to one of the above projects that will result in the same overall environmental benefits. Any such substitution will require the prior approval of EPA.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

In order to reduce the impact of stormwater on area streams, rivers, streets, and sewers along with adding to the aesthetics of neighborhoods, DDOE will implement and construct the eight green stormwater control projects and programs identified above.

Most of these construction activities will be limited to the roofs of existing buildings, sidewalks, yards, and public roadways. Two activities will involve stream restoration work at Nash Run and Broad Branch.

In all cases, work will be short in duration. Construction will take place during normal work hours to minimize any undue noise disturbance and will be site limited. Short-term, construction-related impacts for these projects will include minor air quality issues from construction vehicle exhausts; noise associated with general construction and equipment; and visual impacts. There may be some minor street disruptions but traffic control personnel and signage will be present when work extends into the roadway. Since these areas have already been disturbed numerous times and the excavations are relatively shallow, no archeological impacts are expected. Being in the midst of a highly urbanized area, there are no endangered species present.

Erosion and sedimentation control practices from stream restoration and excavation activity at Nash Run and Broad Branch will be undertaken to mitigate these effects and limit them to the immediate construction areas. These impacts will be both temporary and relatively minimal. The area contains no known historical or archeological resources nor are there any endangered species in the immediate vicinity.

Once completed, these projects will reduce the impacts of pollutants and high flows from stormwater on area streams and rivers and thereby improve their water quality. Many of these projects will additionally mitigate the urban heat island effect, reduce greenhouse gases, filter dust and smog particles, provide natural habitat for birds and other wildlife, and enhance neighborhood aesthetics.

These projects were discussed in advertized public hearings conducted by DDOE on March 29, 2011 and June 14, 2011 and are consistent with the goals of the ?DC Green? agenda adopted by the city. No adverse public comments were expressed at these hearings or during the comment periods provided.

There are no long-term negative impacts anticipated from the implementation of these projects to existing environmental resources.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

Pantuck.Ken@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Kenenth Pantuck (215) 814-5769


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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Lancaster County, Pa

Armstrong Environmental Services

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


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until December 31, 2011.


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

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, is hereby giving notice that it has entered into a Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) which both commences and concludes the administrative action against Edward Armstrong & Sons Inc., 205 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. This CAFO assesses an administrative penalty of thirty-five thousand dollars ($35,000) under Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), for violation of the Clean Water Act by discharging in excesses of the pollutant limits set forth in the facility’s NPDES Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit No. 1073. The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

Name of Case: Armstrong Environmental Services
Docket No. CWA-03-2012-0017

Property located at:

205 Greenfield Road Property
Lancaster, PA 17601

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Section 309(g) of the Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment.  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:

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


Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. ? 22.13(b), this proceeding is simultaneously commenced and concluded by the issuance of a consent agreement and final order pursuant to 40 C.F.R. ? 22.18(b)(2). This public notice constitutes notification to the public of the assessment of a civil penalty in a proceeding commenced pursuant to § 22.13(b), no less than 40 days before the issuance of an order assessing a civil penalty.


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

Douglas W. Frankenthaler (3RC20)
Assistant Regional Counsel
1650 Arch Street
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2472

Frankenthaler.Douglas@epa.gov

Matthew R. Colip (3WP42)
NPDES Enforcement Branch
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5439

Colip.Matthew@epa.gov

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NOTICE OF COMPLAINT PROPOSING TO ASSESS A CIVIL PENALTY
AND OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST A HEARING THEREON

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region III, Hazardous Site Cleanup Division
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103


PUBLIC NOTICE ISSUE DATE:    November 10, 2011

Comments will be accepted until December 12, 2011

 

In accordance with Section 311(b)(6)(C) of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”), as amended,  33 U.S.C. § 1321(b)(6)(C), notice is hereby given that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) is proposing an administrative civil penalty against the Respondent named below:

 

RESPONDENT:  Portsmouth Boating Center, Inc., 1244 Bay Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704

 

DOCKET NUMBER:  CWA-03-2011-0099
                                   
SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS:  The Respondent is alleged to have violated section 311(j) of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. § 1321(j), and its implementing regulations, the Oil Pollution Prevention regulations codified at 40 C.F.R. Part 112, at its facility, a full service marina located at 1244 Bay Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704.  EPA alleges that Respondent violated 40 C.F.R. §112.3, by failing to prepare and implement a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan.

 

PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY:  As a result of the above alleged violation, EPA proposes to assess a Class II administrative civil penalty of $29,542, pursuant to Section 311(b)(6) of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. § 1321(b)(6).

 

OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON PROPOSED PENALTY ASSESSMENT:  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 thirty (30) days of the date of this public notice.  All comments received within this thirty-day period will be considered in the formulation of the final order.  All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the writer 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
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III
1650 Arch Street (Mail Code 3RC00)
Philadelphia, PA  19103
Docket No. CWA-03-2011-0099

 

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

 

REGISTER 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 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Interested persons may contact the following EPA representatives to learn more about this action.

 

Anne Gilley (gilley.anne@epa.gov)
Hazardous Site Cleanup Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III
1650 Arch Street (Mail Code 3HS61)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
(215) 814-3293

 

Alexandra Whittaker (whittaker.alexandra@epa.gov)
Office of Regional Counsel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III
1650 Arch Street (Mail Code 3RC42)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19103
(215) 814-2462


 

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Bristol Township, PA

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: December 14, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Bristol Township
XP-963119-01

Project Applicant:

Mr. Jeff Bartlett, Managing Director
2501 Bath Road
Bristol, PA 19007

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The proposed project involves the upgrading of the Delaware Avenue, Silver Lake, Palmer Avenue, Croyden Park, Croydon Manor and FDR pump stations in Bristol Township. The Township is a suburban municipality located 16 miles north-east of Philadelphia, Pa. The Township is bisectected by the PA East-West Turnpike and by US Route 13. It is bounded on the South by Bristol Borough and the Delaware River. The Bristol Township wastewater treatment plant serves a population estimated at 54,582.

The sewer collection system was built in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. The work will include replacement of pumps, motors, controls, piping, and valves, the installation of flow meters, upgrades to ventilation, electrical components, and the replacement of windows, doors, railings and other safety equipment as needed. The work will be contained within the pump stations themselves. There maybe some minor work (excavating a large pipe valve) outside the actual building but well within the fenced areas.

The renovations will not increase pumping station capacity or provide a larger drainage area but will allow for needed update to the 40 year old stations and its components which are in need of repair.

A Federally Mandated Consent Order enacted in January 2011 required a new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) monitoring system be installed at all the pumping stations. The electrical upgrades will allow for SCADA monitoring connections to be reviewed remotely and enable staff to be able to react quickly to problems or changes in sewage flow. The upgrades will enable the township to better manage treatment flow levels at the Treatment Plant.


ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The upgrading and rehabilitation of the six pumping stations will result in increased reliability of the operations of the sewerage pump stations. Reduction or elimination of sewerage system surcharges will help to protect the nearby Neshaminy Creek and Delaware River from contamination.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

Moses.Mary@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Mary Moses (215) 814-5743


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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New Castle County, Delaware

Turkey Run Interceptor Rehabilitation Phase 1


CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: December 14, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

New Castle County, Delaware
Turkey Run Interceptor Rehabilitation Phase 1
XP-963078-01

Project Applicant:

Mr. David A Hofer
Assistant County Engineer
New Castle County Government Center
87 Reads Way
New Castle, Delaware, 19720

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

New Castle County, Delaware, proposes to rehabilitate the Turkey Run Interceptor (Interceptor) sewer pipe which connects the community of Fairfax to the Old Shellpot Interceptor. The project will line approximately 535 linear feet of 8-inch diameter, 1,800 linear feet of 12-inch diameter and 2,055 linear feet of 15-inch diameter sewer pipe, replace 10 linear feet of 8-inch diameter and 30 linear feet of 12-inch diameter sewer pipe, and rehabilitate/replace 25 manholes.

The Turkey Run Interceptor is approximately 10,000 linear feet long, and its pipe size varies from8-inch diameter to 24-inch diameter. It is located adjacent to Turkey Run, which is a tributary to Shellpot Creek and the Delaware River.

A study of the Interceptor found that excessive amounts of extraneous water (stormwater and ground water) enter the Interceptor during storm events. Depending upon the severity of a storm event, the extraneous water overwhelms the hydraulic capacity of the Interceptor which causes it to surcharge. When the Interceptor is surcharged, sewage backs up into homes or is discharged through sanitary sewer overflows to Turkey Run. Surcharge conditions may last between 12 and 72 hours.

The County has developed a comprehensive plan to address its aging sanitary sewer system. The rehabilitation of the Turkey Run Interceptor is included in this plan. Where feasible, the installation of cured-in-place pipe lining is to be used to limit construction impacts and reduce project costs. Some segments of the Interceptor require replacement because of deteriorated pipe conditions.

The proposed project will be constructed within existing sewer easements.

The proposed project?s cost is $807,968. An EPA grant of $291,000 is available for this project.


ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

There are no significant adverse environmental effects expected by the construction of this project. Construction activity will be limited to the existing sewer pipe, and it will conform to Delaware?s Erosion and Sedimentation Policy.

The improvements to the Interceptor will reduce the frequency and the severity of sewer surcharging which will help prevent sewage backups into homes and sanitary sewer overflows to Turkey Run. The reduction in sanitary overflows will improve the water quality of Turkey Run, Shellpot Creek and the Delaware River. Also, the reduction in sewage backups into homes will improve the public?s health.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

McAdams.Dave@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Mary Moses (215) 814-5764


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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NOTICE OF COMPLAINT PROPOSING TO ASSESS A CIVIL PENALTY
AND OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST A HEARING THEREON

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region III, Hazardous Site Cleanup Division
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103

 

PUBLIC NOTICE ISSUE DATE:    November 10, 2011

Comments will be accepted until December 12, 2011

 

In accordance with Section 311(b)(6)(C) of the Clean Water Act, as amended (“CWA”), 33 U.S.C. § 1321(b)(6)(C), notice is hereby given that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) is proposing an administrative civil penalty against the Respondent named below:

 

RESPONDENT:  Mid States Oil Refining Company, LLC

DOCKET NUMBER:  CWA-03-2011-0310

 

SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS:  The Respondent is alleged to have violated Section 311(j) of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. § 1321(j), and the Oil Pollution Prevention Regulations at 40 C.F.R. Part 112, at two of its facilities, a bulk petroleum storage plant located at 5501 Pennington Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland 21226 (“Pennington Facility”) and a materials recovery facility located at 606 Lewisville Road in Elkton, Maryland 21921 (“Elkton Facility”).

 

At the Pennington Facility, EPA alleges that Respondent:  failed to prepare, certify and implement a Facility Response Plan in violation of 40 C.F.R. § 112.20-.21; failed to implement requirements pertaining to facility drills and exercises in violation of 40 C.F.R. § 112.21; failed to implement requirements pertaining to facility response training in violation of 40 C.F.R. § 112.21(b); failed to implement requirements pertaining to record keeping in violation of 40 C.F.R. § 112.20(h)(8); and failed to implement requirements pertaining to site plan diagrams in violation of 40 C.F.R. § 112.20(h)(9).

 

At the Elkton Facility, EPA alleges that Respondent:  failed to prepare, certify and implement a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (“SPCC”) Plan in violation of 40 C.F.R. § 112.3;  failed to implement requirements pertaining to inspections in violation of 40 C.F.R. § 112.7(e); failed to implement requirements pertaining to Personnel Training and Discharge Prevention Procedures in violation of 40 C.F.R. § 112.7(f); and failed to implement requirements pertaining to records in violation of 40 C.F.R. § 112.7(e).

 

PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY:  As a result of the above alleged violations, EPA proposes to assess a Class II administrative civil penalty of $67,491.00 pursuant to Section 311(b)(6) of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. § 1321(b)(6), consisting of $34,033.00 for violations at the Pennington Facility and $33,458.00 for violations at the Elkton Facility.

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT ON PROPOSED PENALTY ASSESSMENT:

Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of the proposed assessment are invited to submit a statement to the EPA Regional Administrator, addressed to the attention of the Regional Hearing Clerk (address below), within thirty (30) days of the date of this public notice.  All comments received within this thirty-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
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III
1650 Arch Street (Mail Code 3RC00)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19103
Re: Docket No. CWA-03-2011-0310

 

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

 

REGISTER 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.  A 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 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Interested persons may contact the following EPA representatives to learn more about this action.

Stephanie Dehnhard (3HS61)
Hazardous Site Cleanup Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III
1650 Arch Street (Mail code 3HS61)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
(215) 814-3234
(dehnhard.stephanie@epa.gov)

Arlin Galarza-Hernandez(3HS61)
Hazardous Site Cleanup Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
(215) 814-3223
(galarza-hernandez.arlin@epa.gov)

 

Cynthia T. Weiss (3RC42)
Office of Regional Counsel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
(215) 814-2659
(weiss.cynthia@epa.gov)


 

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City of Newport News, Virginia

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


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19103

 

Comments will be accepted until November 26, 2011


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 (Respondents) named below, for alleged violations at the facility listed below.


City of Newport, Virginia

2400 Washington Avenue

Newport News, VA 23607

City of Newport Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: Respondent violated the terms of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) MS4 permit. The complaint alleges that the Respondent failed to: (1) adequately manage private storm water management facilities;(2) adequately implement the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act; (3) adequately monitor and control pollutants in storm water discharges from hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities, and industrial facilities; (4) adequately reduce the discharge of pollutants transported by storm water runoff from the MS4; (5) adequately manage storm water discharges from municipal maintenance yards; and 6) adequately manage “Other Wastes” (e.g., chemicals, vehicle and equipment fluids) at construction sites. 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 the NPDES inspection of City of Newport News’ 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 the City of Newport. The total proposed penalty to be assessed is $155,000.00 and is consistent with 40 C.F.R. Part 19.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of the proposed assessment 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 in the formulation of the final penalty assessment order. All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the writer 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

 

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

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

Andrew Duchovnay (3RC20)
Senior Assistant Regional Counsel
1650 Arch Street
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2484

Duchovnay.Andrew@epa.gov

Chuck Schadel (3WP42)
NPDES Enforcement Branch
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5761

Schadel.Chuck@epa.gov

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City of Huntington, West Virginia

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


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19103

 

Comments will be accepted until November 26, 2011


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 (Respondents) named below, for alleged violations at the facility listed below.


City of Huntington, West Virginia

800 5th Avenue

Huntington, WV 25701

City of Huntington, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION:Respondent violated the terms of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) MS4 permit. The complaint alleges that the Respondent failed to:
(1) adequately address illicit discharges; (2) adequately address runoff from construction sites; (3) adequately address post-construction storm water runoff; and (4) adequately address pollution from municipal operations. 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 the NPDES inspection of City of Huntington 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 the City of Huntington. The total proposed penalty to be assessed is $156,000.00 and is consistent with 40 C.F.R. Part 19.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of the proposed assessment 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 in the formulation of the final penalty assessment order. All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the writer 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

 

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

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

Mark Bolender 3RC20)
Regional Counsel
1650 Arch Street
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2642

Bolender.Mark@epa.gov

Chuck Schadel (3WP42)
NPDES Enforcement Branch
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5761

Schadel.Chuck@epa.gov

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State of Maryland

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
AND PUBLIC HEARING ON THE TENTATIVE APPROVAL OF MARYLAND'S
REVISION OF ITS PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY SUPERVISON PROGRAM

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III
Water Protection Division
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection (3WP21)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until November 14, 2011


NOTICE:: Notice is hereby given that the State of Maryland has adopted drinking water regulations for the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2), the Lead and Copper Rule Short Term Revisions (LCRSTR) and the Ground Water Rule (GWR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that the State rules (i.e., LT2, LCRSTR and the GWR) meet all minimum federal requirements, and that they are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, EPA has tentatively decided to approve the State program revisions.

 


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: All interested parties may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing must be submitted by November 14, 2011, to the Regional Administrator at the address shown below. Frivolous or insubstantial requests for a hearing may be denied by the Regional Administrator. However, if a substantial request for a public hearing is made by November 14, 2011, a public hearing will be held. If no timely and appropriate request for a hearing is received and the Regional Administrator does not elect to hold a hearing on his own motion, this determination shall become final and effective on November 14, 2011. Any request for a public hearing shall include the following information:


1. The name, address, and telephone number of the individual, organization, or other entity requesting a hearing.

2. A brief statement of the requesting person's interest in the Regional Administrator's determination and of information that the requesting person intends to submit at such hearing

3. The signature of the individual making the request; or, if the request is made on behalf of an organization or other entity, the signature of a responsible official of the organization or other entity.


For FURTHER INFORMATION: Information on EPA?s determination is available for public view between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the following offices:

Drinking Water Branch
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
Water Protection Division,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

Or

Water Management Administration,
Maryland Department of the Environment,
1800 Washington Boulevard,
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

 

For additional information, interested parties may contact the following EPA representative to learn more about this action.

Anthony Meadows
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
Drinking Water Branch (3WP21)
U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
fax (215) 814-2302
Meadows.Anthony@epa.gov

 

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Bacteria TMDL for the Pine Creek Watershed, Allegheny County, PA
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19103

 

As a result of public comments received regarding the Pine Creek bacteria TMDL, EPA is extending the length of the public comment period by 30 days. This extension results in a 75 day public comment period that ends on November 15, 2011.

Please submit comments on or before November 15, 2011.

NOTICEThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to establish a Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Pine Creek Watershed TMDL in Allegheny County in western Pennsylvania. Stream segments that have been identified as not attaining recreational uses will have TMDLs calculated.

 

Bacteria TMDLs for the Pine Creek Watershed (PDF) 172pp, 12.8M About PDF
Appendix F (PDF) 48pp, 1.2M About PDF
Appendix F (1.2M)Excel Spreadsheet

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: EPA welcomes input from the public on the proposed TMDL during the comment period. Persons wishing to comment on the information contained in the TMDL are invited to do so in writing by November 15, 2011. All comments must be postmarked no later than November 15, 2011. All comments should be written and include the name, address and telephone number of the commenter and a concise statement of the exact basis of any comment and the relevant facts upon which such comment is based. Clearly identify the TMDL being commented on. Electronic submission of comments via email is encouraged. The TMDL report is available at EPA’s Region III office or can be requested.

EPA will also be holding a public meeting to present the details
and answer questions regarding the proposed.

Pine Creek Watershed Bacteria TMDL
on September 28, 2011, from 5:00-7:00 PM
the Shaler Township Municipal Building,
at 300 Wetzel Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116.

View the presentation (PDF) 45 pp, 8.8M About PDF

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Copies of the proposed TMDL (About PDF), related documents and other information are on file and may be inspected and arrangements made for copying at the Region III office of the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Standards, Assessment and TMDLs, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, at any time between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except during Federal holidays. Further information may be obtained by writing to EPA Region III at the address below.  Copies of the draft TMDL and related documents are also available on the EPA Region III TMDL website at www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/tmdl/index.htm.


Lenka Berlin (3WP30)
Office of Standards, Assessment and TMDLs
U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103

berlin.lenka@epa.gov
215-814-5259

Elizabeth Gaige (3WP30)
Office of Standards, Assessment and TMDLs
U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

gaige.elizabeth@epa.gov
215-814-5676

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City of Falls Church, Virginia

Daylighting and Streambank Restoration Project

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: October 28, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

City of Falls Church, Virginia
Daylighting and Streambank Restoration Project
XP-963114-01

Project Location:
Mr. Wyatt Shields
City Manager
City of Falls Church
300 Park Avenue, Suite 100W
Falls Church, Virginia 22046


NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The City of Falls Church (City), Virginia, proposes to restore two stream segments?parts of Pearson Branch and Coe Branch which are tributaries to Tripps Run. The first stream segment is approximately 380 linear feet of Pearson Branch. This stream segment is located within Berman Park, between Irving and Spring Streets. The second stream segment is approximately 1,300 linear feet of Coe Branch, located within Falls Park between a group of condominiums along Rees Place and Tripps Run. Both of these stream segments are representative of highly urbanized streams. These streams have been channelized and hardened with a combination of concrete and riprap, and a portion of the Coe Branch segment is buried and incorporated into the City?s stormwater sewer system.

The urbanization process has eliminated many of the natural stream channels within the Tripp Run watershed and replaced them with open drainage ditches and closed stormwater sewer pipes. These man-made streams and storm drains convey stormwater much more quickly than natural stream systems do. When you combine these streams with a highly developed watershed?Tripp Run?s watershed is about 19 square miles in area of which 85% has been developed and nearly 40% is covered with impervious material?the result is a significant increase in the volume of stormwater runoff and associated pollutants?sediments, nitrogen, phosphorus, fecal matter and various hydrocarbons. The polluted stormwater is quickly discharged to downstream receiving streams. For Tripps Run, the stream flow initially discharges to Lake Barcroft. The discharge stream from the lake flows to the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.

The proposed project will remove the channel hardening material?concrete and riprap?from the existing stream segments, and restore the stream channel to a more natural configuration. This process includes placing an appropriate mixture of cobble and gravel for the new streambed, adding natural features such as cross vanes, step-runs and plunge pools, and replanting the floodplain features and streambanks with native plantings to stabilize the stream channel and filter out pollutants. Floodplain benches will be established to accommodate runoff from a 100-year storm event. The specific features of the restoration work and the contours of the stream channels will be determined during the design phase of this project.

For the Coe Branch stream segment, the portion of the stream which is currently part of the stormwater sewer system will be daylighted?restoring a stream that is enclosed in a sewer to a natural stream channel. During high stream flows, Coe Branch will backup at the entrance of the storm sewer and overflow its banks, creating its own natural stream bypass for the storm sewer. This project will create a permanent stream channel to bypass the storm sewer. The existing stormwater sewer and stormwater inlets may be maintained to convey a portion of flood flows which will provide additional flood protection for the nearby residences.

These stream segments were selected for restoration because they are representative of the streams within Falls Church, and the segments are located on City owned land. Also, the Commonwealth of Virginia has listed Tripps Run as an impaired waterway because of poor aquatic life of the macro invertebrate community.

A review of the proposed project area was conducted to determine if any extraordinary circumstances are involved, and none were found. The review did identify a significant historical structure?a Boy Scout Clubhouse built in 1941. The Clubhouse is located near Pearson Branch, but it is outside of the anticipated construction area. Also, a state listed threatened species?Wood Turtle (Glytpemys insculpta)?may be possibly present within a two-mile radius of the project. A survey should be conducted during the design of the project to determine if this turtle is actually present within the limits of disturbance. If any wood turtles are found, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will direct how the turtles will be relocated. A review of the National Wetlands Inventory indicated that no wetlands have been documented within the project area. Also, a review of soil types in the project corridors found two soil types that are moderately well drained or well drained. Neither soil types are considered hydric which would be indicative of wetlands.

The proposed project?s cost is $1,678,080. EPA grant funds of $970,000 are available for this project


ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

There are no significant adverse environmental effects expected by the construction of this project. Construction activity will be limited to City owned land, and it will conform to Virginia?s Erosion and Sedimentation Policy.

The restoration of these stream segments will improve water quality of Pearson Branch, Coe Branch and Tripps Run by eliminating excessive erosion and filtering out sediments which contain bacterial contaminants and nutrients. Also, the project will create aquatic habitat and a stable stream system which will increase the potential for the benthic macro invertebrate community to flourish.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

McAdams.Dave@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Dave McAdams(215) 814-5764


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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City of Elkins, Randolph County, West Virginia


NOTICE OF LODGING OF A CONSENT DECREE

UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP42)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: September 15, 2011


NOTICE: Provide public notice for comment period on August 16 to September 16, 2011 for Elkins, WV.


NEED AND DESCRIPTION: Federal Register notice for public comment for consent decree.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: For information about public comment check Federal Register website.

EPA Region III
Office/Branch: NPDES Enforcement, 3WP42
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103


FURTHER INFORMATION: Click on this link to see the Federal Register publication.

 


CONTACT INFORMATION:

U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Maslowski.Steve@epa.gov
(215) 814-2371


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19103

 

Date of Notice:  August 22, 2011


Comment Period:  Forty (40) days from date of publication

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 has entered into a Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) which both commences and concludes the administrative action against Koehler-Bright Star, LLC, 380 Stewart Road, Hanover Township, PA 18706.  This CAFO assesses an administrative penalty of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) under Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), for violation of the Clean Water Act by discharging in excesses of the pollutant limits set forth in the facility’s NPDES Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit No. 000135-2010.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Koehler-Bright Star, LLC

380 Stewart Road

Hanover Township, PA 18706

Docket No. CWA-03-2011-0246

380 Stewart Road
Hanover Township, PA 18706

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Section 309(g) of the Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment.  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:

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

Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 22.13(b), this proceeding is simultaneously commenced and concluded by the issuance of a consent agreement and final order pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 22.18(b)(2).  This public notice constitutes notification to the public of the assessment of a civil penalty in a proceeding commenced pursuant to § 22.13(b), no less than 40 days before the issuance of an order assessing a civil penalty.

 

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

Douglas W. Frankenthaler (3RC20)
Assistant Regional Counsel
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
215-814-2472

Matthew R. Colip (3WP42)
NPDES Enforcement Branch
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5439

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Thornbury Township College Hill Wastewater System Construction Project

Cheyney, Pennsylvania

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: September 23, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Thornbury Township
Thornbury Township College Hill Wastewater
System Construction Project
XP-963068-01
Cheyney, Pennsylvania

Project Location:
Mr. Brody D. Bovero
Township Manager
Thornbury Township
8200 Bayside Road
8 Township Drive
Cheyney, PA 19329


NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The proposed project involves the construction of a two-inch low pressure sewer line to the Cheyney University wastewater treatment facility. The project is a mutually beneficial project with the University because it stabilizes flow at the treatment facility, while providing a needed wastewater improvement to the community. Thornbury Township, Chester County proposes to undertake this project that will connect 32 township residences. These homes are currently being served by rapidly aging septic systems, many of which are in urgent need of replacement and which might or will create public health problems in the near future.


The project will install approximately 6,000-linear feet of a two-inch low-pressure sewer and 400 linear feet of gravity sewer line along the length of College Hill Drive, Cheyney Road, and Creek Road. At this point, the project will connect to the gravity main at Yarnall Hall on the Cheyney University campus. Homeowners will be connected to the system via a lateral and the pre-engineered 32 grinder pumps.


This project is consistent with Thornbury Township?s ACT 537 Plan and Comprehensive Plan in that it seeks alternatives to failing onsite septic systems. The project is also consistent with Landscapes, Chester County?s land use plan. Landscapes supports the provision of infrastructure and public services, such as sewer systems, in suburban areas and recommends providing sewer service to medium (and above) density areas.


ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The College Hill Drive lies in the Chester Creek Watershed, which is protected by regulations from the State of Pennsylvania. The installation of sewers will assist in ensuring the health of this watershed and will protect against the infiltration of the failing onsite septic systems. As noted in the Township?s comprehensive plan, virtually all areas of the Township drain into first order streams, and as a result, infiltration from failing onsite septic systems has a significant impact on water resources.


Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, a member of the state university system, owns and operates its own wastewater treatment facility, currently permitted for 270,000 gallons per day. The facility was last updated in the mid 1908?s DGS project 403-43, and has struggled to maintain efficient operations, particularly in the summer when students are away.


The residents of the College Hill area of Thornbury Township and the faculty and student population of Cheyney University will be the primary beneficiaries of this sewer infrastructure project. Residents of Thornbury Township, Delaware County (located along Creek Road) will also have the opportunity to benefit from the installation of the sanitary sewer infrastructure.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

Bostic.Donna@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Donna Bostic (215) 814-2608


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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Taylor Oil Company, Inc., Salisbury, Maryland

NOTICE OF Consent AgreemenT, Final Order
and Opportunity for Comment


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19103


Comments will be accepted until September 29, 2011

 

NOTICEEPA Region III offers for public comment the issuance of a Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) against Taylor Oil Company, Inc. (“Respondent”), 941 Isabella Street, Salisbury Maryland 21801.  This CAFO alleges one violation of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulations, 40 C.F.R. Part 112, for the Respondent’s bulk petroleum storage plant located at 941 Isabella Street Salisbury, Maryland 21803 (“Facility”). On May 28, 2009, EPA Inspectors determined that the Respondent violated the Clean Water Act by failing to implement adequately its Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan (“SPCC Plan”).  Respondent corrected the violations by adequately implementing its SPCC Plan at the Facility in 2011.  In a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Respondent has agreed to pay a penalty of $25,431 plus interest for violation of the Oil Spill Prevention regulations at the Facility.  The public comment period will be open from August 30, 2011 to September 29, 2011.

 

Taylor Oil Company, Inc

941 Isabella Street

Salisbury, MD 21801

Docket No. CWA-03-2011-0297

 

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 thirty (30) days of the date of this public notice.  All comments received within this thirty-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

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:  Information relevant to the proposed penalty assessment may be requested through the Regional Hearing Clerk identified above. nterested parties may contact the following EPA representatives to learn more about this action:

Andrea Bain (3RC42)
Hazardous Site Cleanup Division
U.S. EPA--Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
215-814-3292

bain.andrea@epa.gov

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Town of Chesapeake Beach Waste Water Treatment Plant

Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) Program

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: August 25, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Town of Chesapeake Beach Waste Water
Treatment Plant Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) Program
XP-963055-01
Chesapeake Beach, MD

Project Location:
Dr. James L. Parent, Town Administrator
Town of Chesapeake Beach
8200 Bayside Road
P.O. Box 400
Chesapeake Beach, MD?20732


NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The proposed project involves the construction of the Waste Water Treatment Plant Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) Upgrade and Expansion system.  The project will aid in the effort to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous discharged into the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries to improve and restore the Bay’s overall water quality.


The Chesapeake Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is owned and operated by the Town of Chesapeake Beach.?The plant was constructed through a series of projects including upgrades in 1982, 1991, 1999 and 2007.?The facility currently serves Chesapeake Beach, North Beach, parts of Calvert County and surrounding areas including Rose Have and Holland Point, which are both located in Anne Arundel County.?Municipal wastewater is conveyed to the plant through a network of sewers and pump stations.?The plant is rated for an average daily flow (ADF) of 1.32 million gallons per day (mgd) with a planned capacity of 1.5 mgd as outlined in the Calvert County Comprehensive Water and Sewer Authority Master Plan for this facility.?The 15% increase in capacity will help eliminate spills and overflows at the plant.
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The Chesapeake Beach WWTP is currently operated for biological nutrient removal (BNR) and is able to meet all requirements of its current NPDES permit.?As part of Maryland?s ENR program, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is working with Chesapeake Beach to participate in the State-wide nutrient reduction initiative to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus discharged into the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and to improve overall water quality from the plant?s discharge. In 1998, Delaware?s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Regulation for Indian River, Indian River Bay and Rehoboth Bay became effective.

The construction of the ENR system was agreed upon by the Town and MDE in a Memorandum of Understanding which requires a reduction of Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorus from effluent discharge of the WWTP. This pollutant load reduction is part of the ENR strategy and the Bay Restoration Fund Act requirements to restore the water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.


ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:

The treatment plant discharges its treated water directly into the Chesapeake Bay.  The plant upgrades will include new secondary clarifiers, new denitrification filters, and new sludge dewatering facilities, reactor modifications, new pump station, ultra violet (UV) disinfection, laboratory renovations and a new lunch room. The plant outfall will not be relocated. The upgrades will improve the water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.


Once the work is complete, the proposed project is estimated to eliminate 18,265 pounds per year of Total Nitrogen and 7,762 pounds per year of Total Phosphorus.?This will comply with the State of Maryland ENR Program.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.


Comments should be sent to:

Bostic.Donna@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Donna Bostic (215) 814-2608


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Date of Finding of No Significant Impact: August 5, 2011

Comments Due By: September 6, 2011

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project will not result in significant adverse impact to the natural and human environment.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement has been made.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Official Project Name:
Ralphton Water Project
EPA Project No. XP-963051-01


Project Applicant:
Mr. Brad Cober, Chairman
Somerset County General Authority
300 North Center Avenue
Suite 500
Somerset, PA 15501

Project Location:
Jenner and Quemahoning Townships
Somerset County, Pennsylvania

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this project is to provide the Village of Ralphton with a source of dependable potable water supply by extending the existing water system that is owned and operated by the Municipal Water Authority of the Township of Jenner (MWATJ) (PWSID #4560017). This Village of approximately 30 homes straddles Jenner and Quemahoning Townships. The quality and quantity of the water derived from the private wells in the area have been compromised because of extensive coal mining activities and the lack of a wastewater infrastructure.

The MWATJ operates and maintains a water transmission system and water storage facility in the North Star Industrial Park, located just to the north of the Village of Ralphton. This project will result in the construction of approximately 12,500 feet of 8-inch polyvinylchloride (PVC) water transmission main from the MWATJ water storage facility to the Village of Ralphton via the right-of-way along Ralphton Road (SR 4025) and a short leg along Twomile Run Road (T-701) within Ralphton, installation of a booster pump station and ancillary equipment located within the existing MWATJ transmission system and replacement of an existing 8-inch service line to the proposed pump station with approximately 2,500 linear feet of 8-inch PVC transmission main and appurtenances. The booster pump station will allow the system to maintain the level of the water storage tank at full capacity. Hydrants will be strategically located throughout the project. Water service taps will be provided to the 13 residences along the transmission main route that are currently served by private wells.

The water will be billed at the same rate as the current customers of MWATJ. Those costs are as follows: $30.00 for the first 2000 gallons/month, $4.00 for each 1000 gallons above the original 2000 gallons. Also, a $2.00 quarterly fee will be assessed for fire hydrant maintenance. Tap fees will be $500.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Title 40 Part 6.400(d) requires EPA to provide sufficient opportunity for public review of a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact before the decision becomes effective. Written supporting or disagreeing comment to this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Comments should be sent to:

Suto.Koge@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Koge (215) 814-5764

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

 

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Date of Finding of No Significant Impact: July 31, 2011

Comments Due By: August 31, 2011

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project will not result in significant adverse impact to the natural and human environment.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement has been made.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Official Project Name:
Town of Millsboro Wastewater Infrastructure Project
EPA Project Number XP-963067-01


Project Applicant:
Ms. Faye L. Lingo, Town Manager
322 Wilson Highway
Millsboro, DE 19966-1216

Project Location:
Ms. Faye L. Lingo, Town Manager
322 Wilson Highway
Millsboro, DE 19966-1216

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: EPA has been requested to partially fund Contract G of the Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements.  Contract G includes the construction of approximately14,600 linear feet of a 18-inch diameter reclaimed wastewater transmission main from W. B. Atkins Memorial Park to the aquifer recharge facility at White Farm.  Construction of a 2.7-million gallon above-grade storage tank at the White Farm and the installation of fiber optic communication lines that will integrate the facility into the Town’s Supervisory Communication and Data Acquisition system are included in this project.


Additional work under Contract H, which is not being funded by EPA, includes the construction of seven (7) rapid infiltration basins (RIBs), the spray irrigation booster pumping station, a storage/control building, associated underground piping and control system at the recharge facility. In addition to RIBs, which are sized to dispose of the total flow from the wastewater treatment plant, the booster pump will be connected to the existing spray irrigation pivot system at White Farm. The (7) RIBs, each with an infiltration area of 50,600 square feet, will provide a total disposal capacity of 1.20 MGD.


The Town of Millsboro is located in Sussex County, Delaware at the headwaters of the Indian River, one of Delaware?s most environmentally sensitive estuaries. Treated effluent from the Town?s Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) is currently discharged under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit No. DE0050164 to Tiger Branch, a tributary of the Indian River. The Town?s WWTF serves approximately 3,500 customers. The WWTF provides service to all residential, commercial and industrial properties within the incorporated Town limits. Additionally, wastewater service is provided for the Stockley Center located to the north of Millsboro, the Millsboro East Elementary school located east of the Town limits and the Woodlands of Millsboro located southwest of the Town limits.


In 1998, Delaware?s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Regulation for Indian River, Indian River Bay and Rehoboth Bay became effective. The Regulation states that all point sources ?discharging into the Indian River, Indian River Bay and Rehoboth Bay and their tributaries shall be eliminated systematically.? The environmental impact/concern from nutrient loading and subsequent low oxygen levels in these waters had to be eliminated. Consequently, when the Town?s NPDES permit was reissued in June 2000, it contained a stipulation that the discharge to Tiger Branch cease within five years. This project will divert the treated effluent from the Tiger Branch to the White Farm.

The White Farm is located on Town property west of the intersection of Hardscrabble Road and US 113 (see attached maps). Pending the acquisition of necessary easements, the transmission main will be constructed along State Street in a westerly direction, then follow the Norfolk Southern Railroad right-of-way, cross beneath the railroad to Fox Run Road, continue along Fox Run Road and Bark Pond Road, cross beneath U.S. Route 113, continue along Sheep Pen Road and Hardscrabble Road and end at the White Farm.

The Town recently constructed a1.15 million gallons per day (MGD) membrane filtration wastewater treatment system. The treatment system was designed to meet the Inland Bays Pollution Control Strategy limits for nitrogen (5mg/l) and phosphorus (3.9 mg/l). The Town chose this process because it provides flexibility in the reuse of the treated wastewater.

The Town also constructed a 18-inch diameter treated wastewater transmission main, which was installed with provisions to connect the reclaimed wastewater main to the irrigation system at the Millsboro Middle School and the Little League fields at the W. B. Atkins Memorial Park.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Title 40 Part 6.400(d) requires EPA to provide sufficient opportunity for public review of a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact before the decision becomes effective. Written supporting or disagreeing comment to this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Comments should be sent to:

Suto.Koge@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Koge (215) 814-5764

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

 

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Warrior Mark Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PROGRAM

EPA Issues Emergency Administrative Order to Kenneth Brockett Dairy Farm

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Water Protection Division
Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection,
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103


This public notice will be posted until August 8, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an Emergency Administrative Order (Order) under the Safe Drinking Water Act to Kenneth Brockett, owner and operator of the Kenneth Brockett Farm in Tyrone, Pa.  EPA has determined that Kenneth Brockett’s dairy farm has caused or contributed to the contamination of a neighboring well.  The order requires the dairy farmer to provide an alternative source of drinking water to the owners of the contaminated well.  The order also requires Kenneth Brockett to provide sampling of the contaminated well, provide a permanent source of drinking water, and to develop an effective plan to manage the dairy operation’s process wastewater, including manure.

In November 2010, EPA inspected the Brockett Farm in response to a neighbor?s concern about contamination of his private drinking water well. The inspection determined the farm was not taking adequate measures for managing manure, allowing contaminants such as fecal coliform bacteria, including E. coli, and ammonia to infiltrate underground sources of drinking water through sinkholes on the farm property.

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: EPA determined its order to Brockett Farm is necessary to protect human health. The farmer must provide safe drinking water to his neighbor within 10 days from receiving the agency’s order, and take other actions to mitigate the problems contaminating ground water. Due to the extreme nature of the contamination the affected neighbor has had to use an alternate source of drinking water for approximately 15 years.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: The Order was issued on June 28, 2011 and will become effective July 8, 2011.  Emergency Administrative Orders under the Safe Drinking Water Act do not require an “Opportunity to Comment”.


FURTHER INFORMATION: In recent years, EPA has been addressing animal feeding operations in south central Pennsylvania, particularly dairy operations, and their potential negative effects on sources of drinking water, including both ground and surface waters.  If farm wastes are not properly managed, animal feeding operations can be sources of contaminants such as fecal coliform bacteria, nitrate, and ammonia.  Removal of these contaminants from ground and surface waters by public water systems and private wells costs consumers and businesses substantial time and money.  More importantly these contaminants endanger human health.  These local water quality issues not only affect the local population but may also cause detrimental effects on the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay.


 

 

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Storm and Wastewater Infrastructure Project-Philipsburg, PA

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: August 8, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Philipsburg Borough
Storm and Wastewater Infrastructure Project
XP-963056-01
Centre County, Pennsylvania

Project Location:

Mr. Jan McDonald, Borough Manager
P.O. Box 631
4 N. Centre St., Philipsburg, PA 16866

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The Borough of Philipsburg?s stormwater project will intercept runoff collected along Presqueisle Street (S.R. 0504) and Laurel Street between North 5th and North 6th Streets and reroute these flows into Moshannon Creek.

The Borough has eliminated its combined sanitary and stormwater system, and as a result, wetlands used as holding ponds are surcharged. The wetlands are used to minimize accelerated soil erosion and to prevent sediment pollution. However, the wetlands cannot hold the increased amounts of stormwater long enough to accomplish pollution control before flowing to Cold Stream Creek. In addition, the surcharged wetlands are backing up into the residential areas, thereby causing local flooding. Over the years, reclamation of the wetland areas for residential and commercial use and the creation of the SR 322 bypass which forms a barrier for Cold Stream Creek, have further increased the volume of stormwater and ground water through the wetland holding areas.

By separating the stormwater flows and redirecting a portion of the stormwater volume into Moshannon Creek through a Stormcepter model STC7200 (stormwater pollutant removal system), the volume of discharge into the wetland areas will be reduced, giving the wetlands an opportunity to function as they are intended. The proposed storm water sewer system follows Laurel, North 4th and Pine Streets to its outfall location into Moshannon Creek, and also collects flows at the intersection of North 2nd Street and Pine Street. Storm water sewers will range from 18" to 36" in diameter, with a project length of approximately 2,600 feet, and will include borings of both PADOT roadways and the R.J. Corman railroad line.

The Stormcepter system will remove the fine and coarse sediments (including sticks, leaves, etc.) from the stormwater as well as grease and oil and other hazardous skimmed pollutants which will be collected in a separate compartment.

The fine and coarse sediments will be disposed of at the Philipsburg Borough Project 70 recycle area for land application and the hazardous pollutants will be collected and disposed of at a hazardous waste landfill such as the Fayette Waste LLC in Waltersburg, PA.


ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: The storm water project will greatly reduce the discharge of pollutants into the Moshannon and Cold Stream Creeks.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.

 


Comments should be sent to:

Suto.Koge@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Koge Suto (215) 814-5763


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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Small Diameter Distribution Main Rehabilitation: Contract 7, DC

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: July 26, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Small Diameter Distribution Main Rehabilitation: Contract 7
Drinking Water Improvements
Project FS-993814-10

Project Applicant:

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
5000 Overlook Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20032

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The purpose of the proposed project is to replace, on a priority basis, approximately 6.7 miles of “small diameter” water mains, water mains that are 12 inches or less in diameter, in various portions of the District of Columbia.

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC WASA aka “DC Water”) water system contains approximately 1,300 miles of pipe, of which, 1,060 miles are 12-inch diameter and smaller. The median age of all the water mains in the DC Water system is 77 years with a median installation date of 1933. Approximately 740 miles of the distribution mains are unlined cast iron pipe which are among the most problematic in the system. These pipes are prone to tuberculation, a condition which reduces hydraulic capacity and is a potential water quality concern. These also have a poor record of breaks and leaks.

In September 2000, as part of DC Water’s Water Facilities Plan, a comprehensive small diameter water main rehabilitation program was proposed and subsequently programmed into DC Water’s Capital Improvement Program. From an initial inventory, pipe segments were ranked in priority replacement order and are updated routinely as events and circumstances dictate.

The selection factors used to determine which pipe segments to replace include age, pipe material, frequency of repairs, system design, customer complaints, construction logistics, and coordination with street repaving work. Also, fire protection requirements dictate that certain lines 6-inch and smaller in size be replaced with 8-inch minimum diameter pipe. Generally when the pipe is replaced, the replacement of appurtenances, such as valves, fire hydrants and house service lines in public space will also occur.

This project is entitled to receive grant funding under section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 (Public Law 104-182). EPA has determined that the District of Columbia may receive 80% grants for such infrastructure improvement purposes. Accordingly, DC Water, being the responsible authority for the distribution of water within the District, may receive these grants. The estimated cost for this project is $16,200,000, making it eligible for a Federal grant of 80%, or $12,960,000. DC Water will provide the remaining 20% in local matching funds or any unfunded balance for this project through water and sewer revenues.

DC Water has also posted a detailed description of each of its planned projects in its Capital Improvement Program (2010 – 2019) on its website. The plans and specifications are available for review by the public at DC Water’s Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant site.

For this project specifically and for drinking water projects generally, the public has had the opportunity to participate and comment on them since they were included in the District of Columbia's Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Safe Drinking Water Act Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List which were distributed by EPA to interested parties including the Mayor, City Council, city agencies, WASA Board and management, Martin Luther King, Jr. Library local environmental groups, newspapers, and all Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. In addition the documents were also posted for comment on the EPA Region III website on February 18, 2011.

The comment period ended on March 19, 2011. During this period, no letters, telephone calls or e-mails were received relative to these documents. Consequently, EPA approved both documents which allowed for the funding of projects listed on them.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: The proposed project is necessary to insure the quality, quantity, and safety of the drinking water supplied to the people of the District of Columbia.

The proposed project will take place in various sections of the District of Columbia. The existing environmental setting of the water service area is predominantly urban residential. The water mains to be removed and replaced are located below grade in streets or in urban right-of ways. These areas were previously disturbed during the original construction of the water distribution system.

Based on our evaluation and in past similar projects, impacts from the implementation of the proposed project would be short-term, construction-related impacts that could be readily mitigated through prudent and proper construction practices.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.

 


Comments should be sent to:

Pantuck.Kenneth@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Kenneth Pantuck (215) 814-5769


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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Town of Pennsboro Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: July 22, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Town of Pennsboro Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

Project Applicant:

The Honorable Jim Vogt
Mayor, Town of Pennsboro
422 Main Street
Pennsboro, West Virginia 26415

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The Town of Pennsboro is located along WV Route 74, off of U.S. Route 50 in Ritchie County. The Town operates and maintains a 250,000 gallon per day wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) that serves the Town, including the industrial users, Hayhurst Equipment, Inc. and Express Car Wash. The treatment facility is a package plant comprised of a bar screen, a comminutor, a 95,200 gallon aeration chamber, a 38,380 gallon clarifier, a chorination-dechlorination disinfection unit, a 9,000 gallon storm water holding tank, and all necessary appurtenances. Based on the original design, the design population is 1,500 people.

The Town’s WWTP and sewer system was originally constructed in the late 1960’s, with improvements to the WWTP made during the 1970’s and 1990’s. The WWTP is routinely violating the discharge permit limits outlined in the Town’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, and has recurring issues exceeding the 90% flow threshold.

As a result of excessive infiltration and inflow (I/I) in the Town’s sewer system, the Town experiences surcharging and overflowing of wastewater in the sewer system during significant rainfall events. The Town performed an I/I study which identified problem areas in the sewer system contributing to the excessive I/I, and has initiated a program to eliminate the I/I.

The Town under this Phase 2 project proposes improvements at the treatment plant which consists of a new sludge dewatering building, a belt filter press, control building, emergency generator, and associated site work. Estimated construction costs for these improvements total $1,510,000. EPA will contribute a grant of $542,200 towards the project while the balance of the project will be financed through a Small Cities Block grant and a low interest loan from the West Virginia State Revolving Loan Fund program.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: The proposed improvements to the WWTP will enhance the operation of the plant and are needed to maintain and provide for the future operation of the plant. The project will also help the Town to comply with its NPDES permit requirements.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.

 


Comments should be sent to:

Pantuck.Kenneth@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Kenneth Pantuck (215) 814-5769


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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Allegheny Township, Venango County, PA


Titusville Oil & Gas Associates, Inc.
Pleasantville, PA 16341

UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PROGRAM

notice of Proposal to Issue a Consent Agreement and final order
Docket No. SDWA-03-2011-0170
and Opportunity for Public Comment


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Water Protection Division
Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection,
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103


Comments will be accepted until: July 13, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 is proposing to issue a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) to Titusville Oil & Gas Associates, Inc. for violations of the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program regulations and the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).  Specifically, Titusville Oil & Gas was in violation of 40 CFR § 144.11 for unauthorized injection of brine generated at its Seaton oil production facility into two inactive oil wells located on the neighboring Wilson Oil Lease located in Allegheny Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania.  The CAFO will require Titusville Oil & Gas to pay a penalty of ten thousand dollars ($10,000).


NEED AND DESCRIPTION:In Pennsylvania, the UIC program is directly implemented by EPA. Therefore EPA is responsible for addressing violations of the UIC Program.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Section 1423(c)(3)(B) of the SDWA, 42 U.S.C. sub-section 300h-2(c)(3)(B), 40 C.F.R. ?? 12 Section 1423(c)(3)(B) of the SDWA, 42 U.S.C. sub-section 300h-2(c)(3)(B), requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment. 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,? 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 sent to:

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

CONTACT INFORMATION::Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the Order by contacting:

Nina Rivera (3RC20)
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Rivera.Nin@epa.gov
215-814-5469

or

Roger Reinhart
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Reinhart.Roger@pa.gov
215-814-5462

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

 

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Lafayette Township, Mckean County, PA


Swamp Angel Energy, LLC
Wichita, KS 67220

UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PROGRAM

notice of Proposal to Issue administrative order
and complaint for penalty
Docket No. SDWA-03-2011-0160-DU
Opportunity for Public Comment


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Water Protection Division
Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection,
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103


Comments will be accepted until: July 6, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Complaintant), Region 3 has issued a Proporsed Administrative Order and Complaint for Penalty, with Notice of Opportunity for hearing ("the Proposed Administrative Order"),to Swamp Angel Energy, LLC ("Respondent") for violations of the Underground Injection Control ("UIC") Program regulations and the Safe Drinking Water Act ("SDWA"). Specifically, Swamp Angel was in violation of 40 CFR § 144.11 for unauthorized injection into two injection wells on the Warrant 2277 Oil Production Lease located in the Lafayette Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania. The Proposed Administrative Order will require Swamp Angel to properly plug and abandon one of the wells it illegaly used for injection, and to pay a penalty of one-hundred fifty-seven thousand five hundred dollars ($157,500) .


NEED AND DESCRIPTION:In Pennsylvania, the UIC program is directly implemented by EPA. Therefore EPA is responsible for addressing violations of the UIC Program.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Section 1423(c)(3)(B) of the SDWA, 42 U.S.C. sub-section 300h-2(c)(3)(B), requires that interested persons be given notice of the Proposed Administrative Order and a resonable opportunity to comment. Written comments will be accepted by the EPA at the address below. The deadline for submission of written public comments is July 6, 2011.

If Respondent does not request a hearing within thirty (30) days of receiving the Proposed Admimnistrative Order, should EPA issue a Final Order, those members of the public who submitted timely comments on this Proposed Administrative Order will have an additional thirty (30) days to petition EPA to set aside the Final Order and to hold a hearing thereon.

CONTACT INFORMATION::Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the Order by contacting:

Kelly Gable (3RC20)
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Gable.Kelly@epa.gov
215-814-2471

or

Roger Reinhart
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Reinhart.Roger@pa.gov
215-814-5462

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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Saltsburg, Indiana County, PA


Tunnelton Liquids Company
671 Hogue Drive
Saltzburg, PA 15681-8115

 

UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PROGRAM

notice of Proposal to Issue administrative order
and Opportunity for Public Comment

DOCKET NO. SDWA-03-2011-0190

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Water Protection Division
Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection,
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch, (3WP22)

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103


Comments will be accepted until: June 15, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 is proposing to issue an Administrative Order to Tunnelton Liquids Company (TLC) for violation of the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program regulations and the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).  Specifically, TLC is in violation of 40 CFR §§ 144.11 and 144.31 for unauthorized injection into an injection well at the TLC facility located in Saltsburg, Indiana County, Pennsylvania.  The proposed Order will require TLC to cease injection of all fluids into its injection well.  If TLC wishes to resume injection, it must first acquire proper authorization and/or permit from EPA prior to doing so.


NEED AND DESCRIPTION: In Pennsylvania, the UIC program is directly implemented by EPA.  Therefore EPA is responsible for issuing enforcement actions to address violations of the UIC Program.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Section 1423(c)(3)(B) of the SDWA, 42 U.S.C. sub-section 300h-2(c)(3)(B) requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed Order and a reasonable opportunity to comment.  Written comments will be accepted by the EPA at the address below.  The deadline for submission of written public comments is June 15, 2011.  The Administrative Record for this enforcement action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours in the Ground Water & Enforcement Branch at the EPA Region III office at 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  All information submitted by TLC, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record.  The Administrative Record includes EPA inspection reports, a consent agreement between TLC and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), an NPDES permit issued by PADEP, the proposed Order, and all related correspondence.


Comments should be sent to:

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

If TLC requests a hearing within thirty (30) days of receiving the Proposed Order, those submitting written comments in response to this Notice will be advised of the time and place of the hearing and may appear to present evidence on the appropriateness of the provisions of the Proposed Order.  The final Order will be issued at the close of the thirty day comment period unless a hearing is requested.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION: Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the proposed Order by contacting:

Comments should be sent to:

Roger Reinhart (3WP22)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5462
Reinhart.Roger@epa.gov

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

 

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Range Resources, Waterford, PA


UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PROGRAM

notice of Proposal to Issue a draft final permit
and Opportunity for Public Comment


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Water Protection Division
Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection,
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103


Comments will be accepted until: June 20, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit PAS2D251BERI for Range Resources under the authority of the UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146, and 147. The permit is necessary for the continued operation of one commercial Class II D injection well (Cross #2) to dispose of fluids produced in association with oil or gas production operations.


NEED AND DESCRIPTION: This permit was originally issued to NEA Cross Company in November, 1985. Throughout the history of the well’s operation the permit has been transferred several times to different operators; the latest Range Resources.  The injection well has been successfully operated under this permit for the past ten years.  This permit expired in January, 2011 and Range Resources has requested that the permit be reissued.  EPA has granted Range Resources permission to continue to operate the injection well under the expiring permit until a new permit is issued.  A permit is required to meet the provisions of the EPA administered UIC Program in Pennsylvania.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: The Administrative Record for this permitting action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours at:


Comments should be sent to:

EPA Region III
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record. The Administrative Record includes the permit application, the permit’s compliance history, draft permit, statement of basis and all related correspondence. A copy of the draft permit and statement of basis for this permitting action is available for review at:


Waterford Public Library
24 South Park Row
Waterford, Pennsylvania 16441

EPA solicits public comment on the proposal to reissue a final UIC permit for this facility. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at 7:00 PM at:

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Fort LeBoeuf Senior High School
931 North High Street
Waterford, Pennsylvania 16441-7811

 

Requests to hold this hearing must be received in the office listed below by June 20, 2011. When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised. EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest, specific to this permitting action, is evidenced by the above date.

Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit and statement of basis, by contacting Stephen Platt at the address and phone number listed below.


CONTACT INFORMATION:: Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit and statement of basis, by contacting Stephen Platt at the address and phone number listed below:


U.S. EPA Region III
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Email address: Platt.Stephen@epa.gov
and phone number 215-814-5464


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

 

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Jenner Township, PA


UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PROGRAM

notice of Proposal to Issue a draft final permit
and Opportunity for Public Comment


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Water Protection Division
Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection,
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103


Comments will be accepted until: June 20, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit PAS2D912BSOM for CNX Gas Company LLC under the authority of the UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146, and 147.  The permit is necessary for the continued operation of one Class II D injection well (Critchfield well) to dispose of fluids produced in association with oil or gas production operations.


NEED AND DESCRIPTION: This permit was originally issued to Dominion Exploration Production on May 9, 2001. On April 20, 2010, CONSOL Energy Holdings LLC purchased Dominion Exploration Production. After corporate restructuring, CNX Gas Company LLC (CNX) assumed ownership of the Critchfield disposal well on January 1, 2011. The injection well has been successfully operated under this permit for the past ten years. This permit expired on May 9, 2011 and CNX has requested that the permit be reissued.  EPA has granted CNX permission to continue to operate the injection well under the expiring permit until a new permit is issued.  A permit is required to meet the provisions of the EPA administered UIC Program in Pennsylvania.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: The Administrative Record for this permitting action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours at:


Comments should be sent to:

EPA Region III
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record. The Administrative Record includes the permit application, the permit’s compliance history, draft permit, statement of basis and all related correspondence. A copy of the draft permit and statement of basis for this permitting action is available for review at:


Somerset County Public Library
230 South Rosina Ave.
Somerset, Pennsylvania 15501

EPA solicits public comment on the proposal to reissue a final UIC permit for this facility. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for: Thursday, June 30, 2011, at 7:00 PM at:

Somerset Area Senior High School
LGI Room
835 South Columbia Ave.
Somerset, Pennsylvania 15501-2514

Requests to hold this hearing must be received in the office listed below by June 20, 2011. When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised. EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest, specific to this permitting action, is evidenced by the above date.

Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit and statement of basis, by contacting Stephen Platt at the address and phone number listed below.


CONTACT INFORMATION:: Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit and statement of basis, by contacting Stephen Platt at the address and phone number listed below:


U.S. EPA Region III
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Email address: Platt.Stephen@epa.gov
and phone number 215-814-5464


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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Smithfield Township, East Stroudsburg, Monroe County, PA

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: June 6, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project will not result in significant adverse impact to the natural and human environment. Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare and Environmental Impact Statement has been made. The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Official Project Name:

Smithfield Township
Route 447/Franklin Hills Sewer Extension
Monroe County, Pennsylvania


Project Applicant:

Mr. Brian Barrett, Chairman
Smithfield Sewer Authority
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

 

Project Location:

Smithfield Township
East Stroudsburg, Monroe County
Pennsylvania 18301

 


NEED AND DESCRIPTION: Smithfield Township is located on the eastern edge of Monroe County, near the border of New Jersey. The proposed project area runs along portions of Third Street, Poole Road, Independence Road and Franklin Hills Road as well as traversing along an existing macadam walking trail in Zacharias Pond Park in East Stroudsburg Borough.  The majority of the project is on or along developed public road right of ways. A small portion of the extension crosses undeveloped land in the park and crosses an unnamed tributary to Sambo Creek.

The project consists of the construction of approximately 5,000 linear feet of 8-inch gravity sewer and 20 manholes which will convey sewage flow to the East Stroudsburg Borough Wastewater Treatment Plant (ESBWTP). The ESBWTP has a design capacity of 2.25 million gallons per day (mgd) and is currently averaging daily influent flows of 1.1 mgd. The ESBWTP is operating within permit limits and has a capacity agreement with Smithfield Township for 220,000 gallons per day (gpd). Expected flow to be contributed by the extension is estimated at 40,000 gpd. The project also consists of the removal of the Franklin Hill Pumping Station. The project area is served by public water and a combination of public sewer and private on-lot septic systems.

This project will improve water quality and protect public health by preventing raw sewage discharge from malfunctioning on-lot septic systems. The estimated cost for the new system is $1,181,550. The project costs will be paid for with a PennWorks grant, local funds, and the $216,819 Appropriations Bill grant from EPA, which is the basis for this environmental assessment. The EPA funds will be used to cover construction costs.

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Title 40 Part 6.400(d) requires EPA to provide sufficient opportunity for public review of a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact before the decision becomes effective. Written supporting or disagreeing comment to this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration.

 

Comments should be sent to:

Breznicky.Valerie@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Valerie Breznicky (215) 814-5765


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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Town of Appomattox, Virginia

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: June 20, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Town of Appomattox: Virginia
Phase II Wastewater Collection System Improvements
XP-973876-02-1

 

Project Applicant:

Honorable Paul D. Harvey
Mayor
Town of Appomattox
210 Linden Street
Appomattox, Virginia 24522


NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The Town of Appomattox, Virginia, proposes to extend sewer service to residential and commercial properties, located along Old Courthouse and Horseshoe Roads.  The project will install approximately 3,400 linear feet of 8-inch diameter sewer pipe, including manholes and other related appurtenances.  The sewer lines from Old Courthouse and Horseshoe Roads will converge at Clover Lane.  The proposed sewer line will follow Clover Lane approximately 1,350 linear feet before it crosses a business property to reach an existing sewer line.

This project is necessary to address a potential public health hazard related to failing on-site septic systems that serve the properties. This sewer extension will be partially constructed in Appomattox County. The County requested the Town to extend the sewer system to connect these properties. The Town agreed to the County's request.

The proposed project will consist of a sewer line extension to serve 300 customers along the Fraziers Run Road. The proposed project will be constructed mostly within the existing right-of-ways of local roads. A minor portion of the sewer lines will be constructed on a business property. The Town has a permanent easement to the effected property. The proposed path of the sewer avoids any known historical or archeological resources in the area. The proposed project is located outside of the boundaries of the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

The proposed project’s cost is $350,000. An EPA grant increase of $15,875 plus approximately $59,450 of unexpended grant funds from the existing grant are available for this project.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: There are no significant adverse environmental effects expected by the construction of this project. Construction activity will be limited to right-of-ways of the local roads and developed properties, and it will conform to Virginia’s Erosion and Sedimentation Policy.

The sewer extension will eliminate a potential public health hazard due to failing septic systems. Without this project, the homes may be condemned and the residents ordered to vacate their dwellings. Also, the elimination of the failing septic systems will improve water quality of the nearby stream—Plain Run Branch, a tributary to the Appomattox River—by preventing raw sewage from being washed to the streams during wet weather events.

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.

 


Comments should be sent to:

McAdams.Dave@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Dave McAdams (215) 814-5764


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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Small Diameter Distribution Main Rehabilitation: Contract 7, DC

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: June 27, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Small Diameter Distribution Main Rehabilitation: Contract 7
Drinking Water Improvements
Project FS-993814-10

Project Location:

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
5000 Overlook Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The purpose of the proposed project is to replace, on a priority basis, approximately 6.7 miles of ?small diameter? water mains, water mains that are 12 inches or less in diameter, in various portions of the District of Columbia.

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC WASA aka ?DC Water?) water system contains approximately 1,300 miles of pipe, of which, 1,060 miles are 12-inch diameter and smaller. The median age of all the water mains in the DC Water system is 77 years with a median installation date of 1933. Approximately 740 miles of the distribution mains are unlined cast iron pipe which are among the most problematic in the system. These pipes are prone to tuberculation, a condition which reduces hydraulic capacity and is a potential water quality concern. These also have a poor record of breaks and leaks.

In September 2000, as part of DC Water?s Water Facilities Plan, a comprehensive small diameter water main rehabilitation program was proposed and subsequently programmed into DC Water?s Capital Improvement Program. From an initial inventory, pipe segments were ranked in priority replacement order and are updated routinely as events and circumstances dictate.

The selection factors used to determine which pipe segments to replace include age, pipe material, frequency of repairs, system design, customer complaints, construction logistics, and coordination with street repaving work. Also, fire protection requirements dictate that certain lines 6-inch and smaller in size be replaced with 8-inch minimum diameter pipe. Generally when the pipe is replaced, the replacement of appurtenances, such as valves, fire hydrants and house service lines in public space will also occur.

This project is entitled to receive grant funding under section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 (Public Law 104-182). EPA has determined that the District of Columbia may receive 80% grants for such infrastructure improvement purposes. Accordingly, WASA, being the responsible authority for the distribution of water within the District, may receive these grants. The estimated cost for this project is $7,571,392, making it eligible for a Federal grant of 80%, or $6,057,114. WASA will provide the remaining 20% in local matching funds or any unfunded balance for this project through water and sewer revenues.

DC Water has also posted a detailed description of each of its planned projects in its Capital Improvement Program (2010 ? 2019) on its website. The plans and specifications are available for review by the public at DC Water?s Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant site.

For this project specifically and for drinking water projects generally, the public has had the opportunity to participate and comment on them since they were included in the District of Columbia's Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Safe Drinking Water Act Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List which were distributed by EPA to interested parties including the Mayor, City Council, city agencies, WASA Board and management, Martin Luther King, Jr. Library local environmental groups, newspapers, and all Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. In addition the documents were also posted for comment on the EPA Region III website on February 18, 2011.

The comment period ended on March 19, 2011. During this period, no letters, telephone calls or e-mails were received relative to these documents. Consequently, EPA approved both documents which allowed for the funding of projects listed on them.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: The proposed project is necessary to insure the quality, quantity, and safety of the drinking water supplied to the people of the District of Columbia.

The proposed project will take place in various sections of the District of Columbia. The existing environmental setting of the water service area is predominantly urban residential. The water mains to be removed and replaced are located below grade in streets or in urban right-of ways. These areas were previously disturbed during the original construction of the water distribution system.

Based on our evaluation and in past similar projects, impacts from the implementation of the proposed project would be short-term, construction-related impacts that could be readily mitigated through prudent and proper construction practices.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.

 


Comments should be sent to:

Pantuck.Kenneth@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Kenneth Pantuck (215) 814-5769


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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Cross-Town Tunnel: Water Main Rehabilitation

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: May 27, 2011


NOTICE:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Cross-Town Tunnel: Water Main Rehabilitation
Drinking Water Improvements
Project FS-993814-09

Project Location:

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
5000 Overlook Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The purpose of the proposed project is to rehabilitate the 84-inch diameter concrete lined, rock-encased Cross-Town Tunnel Water Main that runs beneath Rock Creek and Rock Creek Parkway near 25th Street. The Cross-Town Tunnel is a portion of the Cross-Town Water Transmission Main, a large transmission main that delivers drinking water from the Dalecarlia Water Treatment Plant to downtown Washington D.C. and areas east of the Anacostia River.

In December 2008, leakage from the tunnel was detected both on the road surface of Rock Creek Parkway and pooling in Rock Creek Park. In order to prevent ice formation on the Rock Creek Parkway in the winter and to prevent the possible collapse of the roadway from underground washout along with continuing to provide District of Columbia residents with a high quality and reliable drinking water supply, the Cross-Town Tunnel Rehabilitation Project was initiated by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) also known as “DC Water”.

In order to prevent the leakage and to stabilize the tunnel from further deterioration, approximately 725 feet of steel lining will be installed inside the tunnel at the problem area. While this lining will reduce the active pipe diameter from 84 inches to 76 inches, it should not have any significant impact upon either the hydraulic capacity or pressure of the system.

In order to install the lining, it will be necessary to use an existing vertical maintenance shaft at 25th Street to lower the materials and place the liner into the tunnel level. This will necessitate the excavation of this shaft causing its ultimate demolition in the process. Upon the completion of the liner placement, a new shaft will be constructed at that location with improved access for future inspection and maintenance activities.

In addition to the 25th Street Shaft reconstruction, the Foxhall Road Shaft, on the other end of the tunnel, will also be modified and enlarged during this period to install an isolation valve required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for future maintenance work and to provide ventilation and dewatering during the tunnel rehabilitation work.

This project is entitled to receive grant funding under section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 (Public Law 104-182). EPA has determined that the District of Columbia may receive 80% grants for such infrastructure improvement purposes. Accordingly, WASA, being the responsible authority for the distribution of water within the District, may receive these grants. The estimated cost for this project is $7,571,392, making it eligible for a Federal grant of 80%, or $6,057,114. WASA will provide the remaining 20% in local matching funds or any unfunded balance for this project through water and sewer revenues.

WASA representatives met with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D on September 1, 2010 on the Foxhall Shaft site and with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A on September 15, 2010 on the 25th Street Shaft site. WASA has also posted a detailed description of each of its planned projects in its Capital Improvement Program (2010 – 2019) on its website. The plans and specifications are available for review by the public at WASA’s Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant site.

For this project specifically and for drinking water projects generally, the public has had the opportunity to participate and comment on them since they were included in the District of Columbia's Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Safe Drinking Water Act Intended Use Plan and Project Priority which were distributed by EPA to interested parties including the Mayor, City Council, city agencies, WASA Board and management, Martin Luther King, Jr. Library local environmental groups and newspapers, and all Advisory Neighborhood Commissions on February 18, 2011. Additionally, these documents were posted for comment on the EPA Region III website.

Our comment period ended on March 19, 2011. During this period, no letters, telephone calls or e-mails were received relative to these documents. Consequently, EPA approved both documents which allowed for the funding of projects listed on them.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: The purpose of the proposed project is to rehabilitate the 84-inch diameter concrete lined, rock-encased Cross-Town Tunnel Water Main that runs beneath Rock Creek and Rock Creek Parkway near 25th Street. The Cross-Town Tunnel is a portion of the Cross-Town Water Transmission Main, a large transmission main that delivers drinking water from the Dalecarlia Water Treatment Plant to downtown Washington D.C. and areas east of the Anacostia River.

In December 2008, leakage from the tunnel was detected both on the road surface of Rock Creek Parkway and pooling in Rock Creek Park. In order to prevent ice formation on the Rock Creek Parkway in the winter and to prevent the possible collapse of the roadway from underground washout along with continuing to provide District of Columbia residents with a high quality and reliable drinking water supply, the Cross-Town Tunnel Rehabilitation Project was initiated by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) also known as “DC Water”.

In order to prevent the leakage and to stabilize the tunnel from further deterioration, approximately 725 feet of steel lining will be installed inside the tunnel at the problem area. While this lining will reduce the active pipe diameter from 84 inches to 76 inches, it should not have any significant impact upon either the hydraulic capacity or pressure of the system.

In order to install the lining, it will be necessary to use an existing vertical maintenance shaft at 25th Street to lower the materials and place the liner into the tunnel level. This will necessitate the excavation of this shaft causing its ultimate demolition in the process. Upon the completion of the liner placement, a new shaft will be constructed at that location with improved access for future inspection and maintenance activities.

In addition to the 25th Street Shaft reconstruction, the Foxhall Road Shaft, on the other end of the tunnel, will also be modified and enlarged during this period to install an isolation valve required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for future maintenance work and to provide ventilation and dewatering during the tunnel rehabilitation work.

In addition to the 25th Street Shaft reconstruction, the Foxhall Road Shaft, on the other end of the tunnel, will also be modified and enlarged during this period to install an isolation valve required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for future maintenance work and to provide ventilation and dewatering during the tunnel rehabilitation work.

This project is entitled to receive grant funding under section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 (Public Law 104-182). EPA has determined that the District of Columbia may receive 80% grants for such infrastructure improvement purposes. Accordingly, WASA, being the responsible authority for the distribution of water within the District, may receive these grants. The estimated cost for this project is $7,571,392, making it eligible for a Federal grant of 80%, or $6,057,114. WASA will provide the remaining 20% in local matching funds or any unfunded balance for this project through water and sewer revenues.

WASA representatives met with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D on September 1, 2010 on the Foxhall Shaft site and with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A on September 15, 2010 on the 25th Street Shaft site. WASA has also posted a detailed description of each of its planned projects in its Capital Improvement Program (2010 – 2019) on its website. The plans and specifications are available for review by the public at WASA’s Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant site.

For this project specifically and for drinking water projects generally, the public has had the opportunity to participate and comment on them since they were included in the District of Columbia's Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Safe Drinking Water Act Intended Use Plan and Project Priority which were distributed by EPA to interested parties including the Mayor, City Council, city agencies, WASA Board and management, Martin Luther King, Jr. Library local environmental groups and newspapers, and all Advisory Neighborhood Commissions on February 18, 2011. Additionally, these documents were posted for comment on the EPA Region III website.

Our comment period ended on March 19, 2011. During this period, no letters, telephone calls or e-mails were received relative to these documents. Consequently, EPA approved both documents which allowed for the funding of projects listed on them.

 

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.

 


Comments should be sent to:

Pantuck.Kenneth@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Kenneth Pantuck (215) 814-5769


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

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District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water)

Water Main Rehabilitation Green Project


notice of small diameter water main rehabilitation: contract number 7 green project reserve business case justification


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Water Protection Division
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103


This notice will be posted until: May 25, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a Green Project Reserve Business Case Justification for a DC Water Project - DC Water, also known as the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, has submitted the following analysis that demonstrates that its project, "Small Diameter Water Main Rehabilitation Contract 7" is qualified and eligible to be considered a "green project." The guidance requires that not less than 20 percent of the funds made available from Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Appropriations law (P.L. 111-88) to each State for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund capitalization grants be used by it for projects that address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements, or other environmentally innovative activities.

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: Criteria for being a ?green? project is described in Attachment 2 entitled ?2010 Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Green Project Reserve: Guidance for Determining Project Eligibility? (PDF) (14 pg, 635K) About PDF.

Projects are considered ?green? if they are categorically specified in this attachment or if a business case can justify it as being ?green?. DC Water has submitted the following business case that demonstrates that this project is both eligible for Federal funding and that it will additionally reduce water loss and increase energy efficiency within the water system.


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


Kenneth Pantuck
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5769
(Pantuck.Kenneth@epa.gov)

 

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Foster Township, McKean County, PA

notice of proposal to issue final order on consent
opportunity for public comment


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

Comments will be accepted until May 31, 2011


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 is proposing to issue an Order on Consent to BDH Oil, Incorporated (BDH) for ongoing violations of the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146 and 147 at the Gibson enhanced oil recovery facility located in Foster Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania. The proposed Order will require BDH to properly plug and abandon twenty-nine (29) Class IIR injection wells on the facility which have been in violation for failure to demonstrated mechanical integrity. The Order requires that all 29 wells are plugged by December 31, 2014.

 

need and description:: In Pennsylvania, the UIC program is directly implemented by EPA. Therefore EPA is responsible for issuing enforcement actions to address violations of the UIC Program.

 

opportunity for comment: Section 1423(c)(3)(B) of the SDWA, 42 U.S.C. sub-section 300h-2(c)(3)(B), 40 C.F.R. ?? 124 and 144.40(b), requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed Order and a reasonable opportunity to comment. Written comments will be accepted by the EPA at the address below. The deadline for submission of written public comments is May 31, 2011. The Administrative Record for this enforcement action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours in the Ground Water & Enforcement Branch at the EPA Region 3 office at 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All information submitted by BDH, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record. The Administrative Record includes the permit application, permit, proposed Order, and all related correspondence.


Requests to hold this hearing must be received in the office listed below by April 15, 2011.When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised. EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest, specific to this permitting action, is evidenced by the above date.


contact information: Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the order by contacting:


Roger Reinhart (3WP22)
Ground Water and Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
 reinhart.roger@epa.gov or by phone at (215) 814-5464

 

 

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Chesterfield County, Virginia


notice of intent to assess administrative penalty
and opportunity for public comment


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


Comments will be accepted until: May 30, 2011


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 (Respondents) named below, for alleged violations at the facility listed below.

Chesterfield County
9800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Chesterfield County?s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)


NEED AND DESCRIPTION: 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) effectively prohibit non-stormwater discharges into the MS4; (2) implement the industrial inspection procedures outlined in its Storm Water Management Program (SWMP); (3) provide adequate support capabilities to implement all parts of the SWMP; (4) reduce pollutants discharged from the MS4 to the maximum extent practicable; (5) implement and maintain structural best management practices to reduce pollutants in storm water runoff from construction sites; and (6) operate in accordance with the Chesterfield County Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance. 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 Chesterfield County?s 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 Chesterfield County. The total proposed penalty to be assessed is $131,000.00 and is consistent with 40 C.F.R. Part 19.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of the proposed assessment 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 in the formulation of the final penalty assessment order. All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the writer 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 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029


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


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


Andrew Duchovnay (3RC20)
Senior Assistant Regional Counsel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2484
(Duchovnay.Andrew@epa.gov)


Allison Graham (3WP42)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2373
(Graham.Allison@epa.gov)

 

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Vico Construction Company Inc., VA


notice of intent to assess administrative penalty
and opportunity for public comment


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


Comments will be accepted until: May 24, 2011


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 (Respondents) named below, for alleged violations at the facility listed below.

Vico Construction Corporation
4001 South Military Highway
Chesapeake, VA 23321


FACILITY:
Jolliff Landing Commercial Center


SUMMARY: Respondent has violated the terms of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, which authorized discharges of pollutants from the construction site at Jolliff Landing Commercial Center located at Jolliff Road and Portsmouth Boulevard, Chesapeake, VA into Bailey Creek. The complaint alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) install proper pond inlet protection (2) install proper pond outlet protection, (3) install proper soil stabilization, (4) install, maintain, and replace sediment barriers and sediment trapping devices, and (5) properly quantify the area of disturbance. These failures constitute a violation Sections 301(a) and 402 of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. ?? 1311(a). These violations were discovered during NPDES inspections of Jolliff Landing Commercial Center.

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 Respondents. The total proposed penalty to be assessed is $112,000.00 and is consistent with 40 C.F.R. Part 19.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of the proposed assessment 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 in the formulation of the final penalty assessment order. All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the writer and concise statement of the basis for any comment and any relevant facts on which it is based.

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

 

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


Comments should be sent to:

Pamela J. Lazos (3RC20)
Senior Assistant Regional Counsel
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2658
(Lazos.Pamela@epa.gov)


Rebecca K. Crane (3WP42)
Environmental Engineer
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2368
(Crane.Rebecca@epa.gov)

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

 

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W.M. Jordan Company Inc, VA


notice of intent to assess administrative penalty
and opportunity for public comment


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


Comments will be accepted until: May 24, 2011


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 (Respondents) named below, for alleged violations at the facility listed below.

W.M. Jordan Company Inc
11010 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23601-0337


FACILITY:
Christopher Newport University- Freeman Center Expansion


SUMMARY: Respondent has violated the terms of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, which authorized discharges of pollutants from the construction site at Christopher Newport University ? Freeman Center Expansion located on Christopher Newport University Campus, Newport News, VA. The complaint alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) identify on a map the concrete wash-out area, (2) contain the concrete mixing area, (3) monitor construction equipment and assess a leak, (4) properly install, maintain, and repair silt fences, and (5) conduct inspections and prepare and maintain records of inspections and any actions taken as a result of inspections. These failures constitute a violation of Section 301(a) of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. ?? 1311(a). These violations were discovered during NPDES inspections of Christopher Newport University ? Freeman Center Expansion.

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 Respondents. The total proposed penalty to be assessed is $5,000.00 and is consistent with 40 C.F.R. Part 19.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of the proposed assessment 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 in the formulation of the final penalty assessment order. All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the writer and concise statement of the basis for any comment and any relevant facts on which it is based.


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


 

FURTHER INFORMATION: Information relevant to the proposed penalty assessment may be requested through the Regional Hearing Clerk. 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. Information relevant to the proposed penalty assessment may be requested through the Regional Hearing Clerk identified above. Interested parties may contact the EPA representative below to learn more about this action.


Comments should be sent to:

Deane Bartlett (3RC20)
Senior Assistant Regional Counsel
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2368
(Bartlett.Deane@epa.gov)


Rebecca K. Crane (3WP42)
Environmental Engineer
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2368
(Crane.Rebecca@epa.gov)

 

 

 

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Marshall County Sewerage District,WV

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until: May 19, 2011


NOTICE:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:

Marshall County Sewerage District Mozart Sanitary Sewer line Extension Project

Project Applicant:

Mr. John L. Blair, Jr., Chairman

Marshall County Sewerage District
73 Sun Valley
Glen Dale, West Virginia 26038


NEED AND DESCRIPTION: Marshall County Sewerage District is located along the Marshall/Ohio County line, on the ridge above the Ohio River Valley. The District has the authority to serve the planning area community with sanitary sewer service. The planning area for this project is known as the Mozart community, in particular, the Fraziers Run Road area of Marshall County. The proposed service area is bound by Fraziers Run Road (WV Co. Rt. 3) to the north, Bethlehem Road (WV Rt. 88) to east, Browns Run to the south, and the Ohio River on the west. The community relies on individual septic tank-soil absorption systems for the disposal and treatment of its sewerage. Many systems are not operating and contaminate local ditches, ravines, and streams with raw or partially treated sewage. Also some residents rely on direct piping of untreated sewerage. Also some residents rely on direct piping of untreated sewerage to a community sewer with direct discharge to area streams, which are tributaries to Browns Run and the Ohio River.

The proposed project will consist of a sewer line extension to serve 300 customers along the Fraziers Run Road area of the community of Mozart. The infrastructure will consist of the installation of approximately 4.600 linear Feet (LF) of 1? sewer pipe, 31,000 LF of 8? sewer pipe, 2,000 LF of force main, 190 manholes, 20 individual grinder stations, three lift stations, and related appurtenances. All construction will take place in existing right-of-ways. Treatment of the sewerage generated will be provided by the existing City of Wheeling, WV secondary waste water treatment plant located in the valley below the proposed service area. The sewer line extension will connect to an interceptor line along the Ohio River which flows to the City of Wheeling treatment plant. The City of Wheeling treatment plant has sufficient capacity to treat the additional sewerage generated by the project. The total project cost is estimated to be $5,480,000, which will be financed by an $800,000 EPA grant, an Appalachian Regional Commission grant, and state loans.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: Existing wastewater disposal practices in the area to be served by the proposed sewer line extension consist of failing septic tank systems and raw sewage discharges into local streams which are tributaries to Browns Run and the Ohio River. The project will eliminate the failing septic systems and the raw sewage discharges in the Fraziers Run Road area, which will help to improve water quality in Browns Run and Ohio River, and help improve the public health of the residents of Fraziers Run Road.

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request. Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.

Comments should be sent to:

Bruce Smith
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Smith.Bruce@epa.gov
(215) 814-5743


Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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PLOTTS OIL, INC., PA


notice of intent to assess administrative penalty
and opportunity for public comment


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


Comments will be accepted until: May 19, 2011


NOTICE: EPA Region 3 today offers for public comment the issuance of a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CA/FO) against Plotts Oil, Inc. (?Respondent?), 462 Main Street, Royersford, PA 19468. This CA/FO alleges cites one violation of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulations, 40 C.F.R. Part 112.21, for the Respondent?s facility located at 3361 Schuylkill Road, Spring City, PA 19475 (the ?Facility?).

RESPONDENT:

Plotts Oil, Inc
462 Main Street
Royersford, PA 19468
Docket Number: CWA-03-2011-0110 PA

FACILITY:
Plotts Oil, Inc.


SUMMARY: In a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Plotts Oil, Inc., has agreed to pay a $42,000.00 plus interest penalty for violation of oil spill prevention regulation at the Facility located at 3361 Schuylkill Road, Spring City, PA 19475. In 2008, EPA Inspectors found that the company was not following the Facility Response Plan (FRP). Specifically, the Facility was in violation of the Clean Water Act for failure to implement a drill and exercise program, required by the FRP. The Facility corrected the violation by implementing the FRP in 2009. The settlement penalty takes into account the company?s cooperation with EPA in resolving the alleged violations and complying with applicable FRP regulations.

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 Respondents. The total proposed penalty to be assessed is $5,000.00 and is consistent with 40 C.F.R. Part 19.


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 thirty (30) days of the date of this public notice. All comments received within this thirty-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 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

 

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

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


Comments should be sent to:

Wandaliz Mercado
Drinking Water Branch (3WP21)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-3183
(Mercado.Wandalizeane@epa.gov)

 

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Equestrian Estates North, VA


notice of intent to assess administrative penalty
and opportunity for public comment


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


Comments will be accepted until: May 17, 2011


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 (Respondents) named below, for alleged violations at the facility listed below.

Eric C. Anderson
5299 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462


Dominion Boulevard Partners, LLC
5299 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

Lakeside Construction Corporation
5299 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

FACILITY:
Equestrian Estates North


SUMMARY: Respondents violated the terms of their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, which authorized discharges of pollutants from the construction site at Equestrian Estates North, Dominion Boulevard (Between No. Ten Lane and West Road), Chesapeake, Virginia, into Lindsay Canal and New Mill Creek.  The complaint alleges that Respondents failed to: (1) amend the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for Equestrian Estates North, (2) implement the SWPPP, (3) remove off-site sediment, (4) properly install or maintain control measures, (5) conduct inspections after rain events, (6) post notice, and (7) include all required information in the SWPPP. 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 NPDES inspections of Equestrian Estates North.

 

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 Respondents. The total proposed penalty to be assessed is $75,000.00 and is consistent with 40 C.F.R. Part 19.

 


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of the proposed assessment 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 in the formulation of the final penalty assessment order. All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the writer and concise statement of the basis for any comment and any relevant facts on which it is based.

 

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

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

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


Comments should be sent to:

Nina Rivera(3RC20)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2368
(Rivera.Nina@epa.gov)


Mark Zolandz(3WP42) EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2368
(Zolandz.Mark@epa.gov)

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

 

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Date of Finding of No Significant Impact:  March 30, 2011

Comments Due By: May 2, 2011

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project will is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion. This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:
City of Cumberland, Maryland
Cedar Street Combined Sewer Overflow Improvements
XP-973932-01


Project Applicant:
Mr. Jeffrey E. Repp
City Administrator
City of Cumberland

57 North Liberty Street
Cumberland, Maryland 21502

Project Location:
City of Cumberland, Maryland

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The City of Cumberland, Maryland, proposes to install 640 linear feet of 30-inch diameter wastewater sewer pipe to replace the existing Cedar Street combined sewer—combined sewers carry both wastewater and stormwater—which is located under a multilane highway.

The existing sewer is a 24-inch diameter terracotta sewer which is in very poor condition. The City tried to repair this failing pipe by slip-lining it. Because of the deteriorated condition of the pipe and a bend in the pipe’s alignment, the largest slip-lining pipe that could fit through was only a 10-inch diameter pipe. The reduction in size of the Cedar Street combined sewer severely restricts the flow of wastewater within the pipe. To address the restrictive flow, the City made a temporary connection to a parallel storm water sewer. The storm water sewer is owned by the State Highway Administration, and it drains storm water from a multilane highway into the City’s combined sewer system to a point below the slip-lined pipe. Even with this temporary diversion of wastewater to a storm water sewer, small storm events have caused local flooding and sewer back-ups to occur.

The proposed project will jack and bore a 30-inch diameter replacement combined sewer under a multilane highway and neighboring railroad tracks. The new combined sewer will be located about 100 feet from the existing sewer as it goes under the highway and railroad tracks.

The proposed project will be constructed within the existing right-of-ways of local roads, state highway and railroad. The area of the construction work has been fully disturbed by previous construction activities—building the highway and railroad.

The estimated cost of the proposed project is $1,162,900. EPA grant funds of $639,600 are available for this project.


ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: There are no significant adverse environmental effects expected by the construction of this project. Construction activity will be limited to right-of-ways of a state highway, railroad, local roads and previously disturbed areas, and it will conform to Maryland's Erosion and Sedimentation Policy.

The proposed project will eliminate the restriction in the sewer system by bypassing the deteriorated segment of the Cedar Street combined sewer which will significantly reduce the potential of combined sewer overflows during wet weather. Reducing sewer overflows will improve the local environment and benefit the Potomac River, which is several hundred yards west of the project site, by preventing the contamination of the local area with untreated sewage.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Comments should be sent to:

McAdams.Dave@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Mr. Dave McAdams (215) 814-5764

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

 

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Henrico County, Virginia

notice of intent to assess administrative penalty
and opportunity for public comment

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Water Protection Division
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Comments will be accepted until: May 9, 2011


NOTICE: The The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3, is hereby giving notice that it has issued an Administrative Complaint to Henrico County, Department of Public Works, 10431 Woodman Road, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060, and notice of its intent to assess administrative penalties of one hundred and sixty-four thousand three hundred dollars ($164,300) under Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. ? 1319(g) for violations of the requirements of the Clean Water Act and Henrico County's Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, applicable to the municipal separate storm sewer system located in Henrico County. The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

Henrico County, Department of Public Works
10431 Woodman Road
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Section 309(g) of the Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g) requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment. 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 thirty (30) days after issuance of the public notice. Comments should be made to:


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

If Respondent requests a hearing within thirty (30) days of receiving the Administrative Complaint, those submitting written comments in response to this Notice will be advised of the time and date of the hearing and may appear to present evidence on the appropriateness of the proposed penalty. The final administrative penalty order will be issued by the close of the thirty-day comment period unless a public hearing is requested.


FURTHER INFORMATION: Interested parties may contact the following EPA representatives to learn more about this action: Information relevant to the proposed penalty assessment may be requested through the Regional Hearing Clerk identified above.

 

Comments should be sent to:

Christopher Menen (3WP42)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2368
(Menen.Christopher @epa.gov)

Pamela Lazos (3RC20)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2368
( Lazos.Pamela@epa.gov)

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

 

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Date of Finding of No Significant Impact:  March 24, 2011

 

Comments Due By:  April 30, 2011

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project will not result in significant adverse impact to the natural and human environment.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare and Environmental Impact Statement has been made.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Official Project Name:
Salford Township
Tylersport Village Sanitary Sewer System
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Project Applicant:
Ms. Barbara Lynch, Vice Chairman
Salford Township Board of Supervisors
Salford Township

Project Location:  
Tylersport Village, Salford Township
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania  18971

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: Salford Township is a predominately rural area of northeastern Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Tylersport Village is the most heavily developed part of the Township located at the intersection of Allentown Road and Ridge Road (Route 563) on the east side of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  The Village consists primarily of open land and single-family homes using individual on-lot septic systems.  The soil characteristics of the area are considered unsuitable for on-lot disposal because of the shallow depth to bedrock and slow permeability rates.   

 

Tylersport Village consists of approximately 92 residential single family dwellings, or 104 equivalent dwelling units (EDU’s).  The Montgomery County Health Department has reported a high rate of actual and suspected malfunctioning systems in the project area.  Currently, there is no publically owned wastewater treatment facility within Salford Township. 

 

The Township completed an Act 537 Special Study for the Tylersport area to evaluate suitable alternatives for sewage collection and treatment.  The topography in the area does not allow for gravity extension to the nearest existing sewer system.  Salford Township is proposing the construction of 7,800 linear feet of 2 to 4-inch low pressure sanitary sewer (connection of 95 individual property grinder pumps to a common pressure line connected to a public gravity sewer) to provide sewer service to the properties located on Ridge Road.  The Township is in the process of installing a force main which will direct sewage flow to a neighboring township, Franconia.  The force main connects into a pump station in Franconia, and from there, everything is sent to the Telford Wastewater Treatment facility (another nearby borough).

 

Tylersport is serviced by private drinking water wells.  The potential for drinking water well contamination is high based on the number of malfunctioning on-lot systems in the project area.
 
The Township drains southwest along the Ridge Valley Creek toward the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek.  The purpose of this project is to improve water quality in the local surface water and to protect public health and the environment by providing effective sewage collection and treatment.  The proposed sewage project is in accordance with the Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan, approved by DEP via letter dated February 13, 2008.  The estimated cost for the new system is $1,442,625.  The project costs will be paid for with a loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST), local funds, initial net tapping fees, and the $340,000 Appropriations Act grant from EPA, which is the basis for this environmental assessment.  The EPA funds will be used to cover 55 % of the cost of installation of the low pressure sewer line.

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT.  Title 40 Part 6.400(d) requires EPA to provide sufficient opportunity for public review of a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact before the decision becomes effective.  Written supporting or disagreeing comment to this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration.

 

Comments should be sent to:

Moses.Mary@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Mary Moses (215) 814-5743

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

 

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Harmony Township, Forest County, PA

notice of proposal to issue final permit,
opportunity for public hearing,
and
request for public comment


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

Comments will be accepted until May 13, 2011

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3, has developed a draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit PAS2R991BFOR for Devonian Resources, Incorporated, under the authority of the UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146 and 147, for the purpose of construction and operating one Class IIR injection well for the enhanced recovery of oil. Devonian Resources plans to injection treated produced fluid obtained from production wells on their facility know as the PO Hickory Field Project and it is located in Harmony Township, Forest County, Pennsylvania.

 

need and description: Devonian Resources is required to acquire a UIC permit prior to the operation of an injection well. In Pennsylvania, the UIC program is directly implemented by EPA.

 

opportunity for comment:The Administrative Record for this permitting action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours at:

EPA Region 3
Ground Water and Enforcement Branch
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 


All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record. The Administrative Record includes the permit application, draft permit statement of basis and all related correspondence.  A copy of the information listed above is available for review and inspection at:

Sarah S. Bovard Memorial Library
156 Elm Street
Tionesta, Pennsylvania

EPA solicits public comment on the proposal to reissue final UIC permit for this facility.  A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for at the :

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at 7:00 PM
Harmony Township Community Center
West Hickory, Pennsylvania

Requests to hold this hearing must be received in the office listed below by May 13, 2011. When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised. EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant public interest, specific to the proposed enhanced recovery injection operation, is evidenced by this date. In any case, the Administrative Record for this action will remain open for public comment until May 13, 2011. .


for further information: Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit and the statement of basis, by contacting:


Roger Reinhart
Ground Water and Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
 reinhart.roger@epa.gov or by phone at (215) 814-5462

 

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New Wilmington, PA


notice of intent to assess administrative penalty
and opportunity for public comment


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Water Protection Division
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103


Comments will be accepted until: May 9, 2011


NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3, is hereby giving notice that it has issued an Administrative Complaint to Colin Boyd, d/b/a Colin Boyd Turf Industries, 197 Riethmiller Road, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, and notice of its intent to assess administrative penalties of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) under Section309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. ? 1319(g) for failure to respond to a request for information authorized under section 308 of the Clean Water Act. The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:


Mr.Colin Boyd, d/b/a Colin Boyd Turf Industries
197 Riethmiller Road
New Wilmington, Pennsylvania

Docket Number: CWA-3-2011-0073

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Section 309(g) of the Act, 33 U.S.C. ? 1319(g) requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment. 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 thirty (30) days after issuance of the public notice. Comments should be made to:

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


If Respondent requests a hearing within thirty (30) days of receiving the Administrative Complaint, those submitting written comments in response to this Notice will be advised of the time and date of the hearing and may appear to present evidence on the appropriateness of the proposed penalty. The final administrative penalty order will be issued by the close of the thirty-day comment period unless a public hearing is requested.


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

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


Comments should be sent to:

Stephanie Chin (3ES30)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2747
( chin.stephanie@epa.gov)


Pam Lazos (3RC20)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2658
(lazos.pam@epa.gov)

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

 

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Date of Finding of No Significant Impact:  March 22, 2011

 

Comments Due By:  April 30, 2011

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project will not result in significant adverse impact to the natural and human environment.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare and Environmental Impact Statement has been made.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Official Project Name:
Taylor County Commission

Town of Flemington Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade and Expansion and Sewer Line Extension Project

 

Project Applicant:
Mr. David Efaw, President
Taylor County Commission
214 West Main Street

Grafton, West Virginia  26354

 

Project Location:  

Town of Flemington, Taylor County, West Virginia

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The Town of Flemington, utilizing an FY 2009 Congressional Earmark to the Taylor County Commission, proposes to upgrade and expand its existing wastewater treatment plant plus extend sanitary sewer service to the areas of Rosemont, portions of Flemington, and the Route 76 areas of Taylor County.  The existing treatment plant has a capacity of 50,000 gallons per day (GPD) which will be increased to 100,000 GPD.  These upgrades and improvements will consist of the installation of an additional 50,000 GPD package wastewater treatment plant, removal and replacement of the existing PVC air piping with stainless steel piping, installation of an emergency generator, and related appurtenances. 

The sewer line extension consists of the installation of approximately 21,500 Linear Feet (LF) of 4”-8” gravity sewers, 9,500 LF of 1.25”-4” force mains, 88 manholes, four submersible grinder pump stations, 10 simplex/duplex grinder pump stations, one submersible non-clog sewage pump station, and related appurtenances.  Residents of the Rosemont, portions of Flemington, and the Route 76 areas of Taylor County have no sewer lines for the collection and treatment of wastewater.  These residents rely on septic tank systems that are subject to failure and direct discharges into nearby streams.

Proposed funding for the project includes EPA Special Appropriation Act grant funds plus Federal assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development (USDA RD).  As part of USDA RD’s administration of the project, an environmental review was completed, and they issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) on July 26, 2010 in accordance with NEPA.

The review process indicated that either significant environmental impacts would not result from the proposed action or significant adverse impacts have been mitigated by making changes in the project.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement has been made.

EPA has reviewed the FNSI and the supporting environmental documents, and determined that its findings and recommendations are consistent with EPA rules and regulations.  EPA accepts the FNSI issued by USDA RD and the Environmental Report used by USDA RD as the Environmental Assessment (copy attached).

This action is taken on the basis of a careful review of the Environmental Report for the Town of Flemington, Taylor County, West Virginia, Sanitary Sewer Service to the Rosemont, Flemington, and Route 76 Areas, the USDA RD FNSI, and other supporting data.  These documents are on file in the EPA office, located at 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and are available for public review, on request at the Town of Flemington office.  Additional copies of the Environmental Assessment will be made available, at cost, upon request.

Comments supporting or disagreeing with this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration to EPA.  After evaluating the comments received, the Agency will make a final decision no sooner than thirty (30) calendar days from the date of this Finding of No Significant
Impact.  No administrative action will be taken with respect to this proposal during this time frame. 

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:  Title 40 Part 6.400(d) requires EPA to provide sufficient opportunity for public review of a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact before the decision becomes effective.  Written supporting or disagreeing comment to this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration.

 

Comments should be sent to:

Bruce A. Smith

Smith.Brucea@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5770

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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CNX Gas Company, LLC, Buchanan County, Virginia

notice of proposal to reissue final permit,
opportunity for public hearing,
and
request for public comment


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

Comments will be accepted until April 27, 2011

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3, has developed a draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit PAS2D930BBUC for CNX Gas Company, LLC, under the authority of the UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146 and 147. The permit is necessary for the continued operation of one Class II D injection well (N-26) to dispose of brine water produced in association with coal bed methane gas production wells and deeper conventional gas production wells.

 

description: This permit was originally issued to CONSOL Energy, Inc. in March 2001 and the injection well has been successfully operated under this permit for the past ten years. This permit expired on March 16, 2011 and CNX Gas Company, a subsidiary of CONSOL, has requested that the permit be reissued. EPA has granted CNX permission to continue to operate the injection well under the expiring permit until a new permit is issued. A permit is required to meet the provisions of the EPA administered UIC Program in Virginia.

 

opportunity for comment: The Administrative Record for this permitting action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours at:

EPA Region 3
Ground Water and Enforcement Branch
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 


All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record. The Administrative Record includes the permit application, draft permit statement of basis and all related correspondence.  A copy of the information listed above is available for review and inspection at:

Buchanan County Library
R2, Box 3, Poetown Road
Grundy, Virginia 24614

EPA solicits public comment on the proposal to reissue final UIC permit for this facility.  A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for at the :

Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at 7:00 PM
Buchanan County Court House, Law Library, Second Floor
Walnut and Main Streets
Grundy, Virginia

Requests to hold this hearing must be received in the office listed below by April 15, 2011.When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised. EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest, specific to this permitting action, is evidenced by the above date. .


for further information: Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit and the statement of basis, by contacting:


Stephen Platt
Ground Water and Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
 platt.steve@epa.gov or by phone at (215) 814-5464

 

 

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Date of Finding of No Significant Impact:  March 18, 2011

 

Comments will be accepted until:  April 24, 2011

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project will not result in significant adverse impact to the natural and human environment.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare and Environmental Impact Statement has been made.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Official Project Name:
Sussex County Council
Johnson’s Corner Sanitary Sewer District
EPA Project No. XP-963042-01

Project Applicant:
Mrs. Susan M. Webb, Finance Director
Sussex County Council

Project Location:  
2 The Circle
P.O. Box 589
Georgetown, Delaware 19947
 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The Sussex County Council Johnson’s Corner Sanitary Sewer District (JCSSD) wastewater improvement project is being funded with Federal assistance from both the EPA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Development.  Wastewater from within the District will be collected and pumped directly the County’s South Coast Regional Wastewater Facility (SCRWF).   The USDA was the initial Federal agency involved with this project.  The USDA completed its environmental review process and issued the attached Finding of No Significant Environmental Impact (FONSI), dated July 23, 2010 in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. 

The USDA FONSI includes the following:

-A wastewater collection and conveyance system to provide County sewer service to existing and future communities within the JCSSD.
-The construction of three new pumping stations and the upgrade of an existing pump station.  These stations will pump wastewater flow from the JCSSD to the County’s existing regional Pump Sation #30 system, which will convey all wastewater to the SCRWF for treatment and disposal.
-The installation of approximately 47,000 linear feet of gravity sewer and pump station force main within the JCCSD.
-The installation of 15 individual home grinder pump units and 1,000 linear feet of grinder pump force main to serve isolated homes throughout the service area.

The EPA project located in the Swann Estates, a development within the JCSSD, is being partially funded (55%) with an EPA grant.  This funding will be used for the construction of approximately 9,000 linear feet of 8-inch gravity sewers and appurtenances.  The estimated eligible EPA project costs total $529,091.  The balance of the project cost is being financed with State and County funds.                                                                        
EPA has reviewed the USDA FONSI and the supporting environmental documents and has determined that its findings are consistent with our rules and regulation.  EPA accepts the USDA FONSI and the Environmental Report prepared by the County’s engineer.  The review process indicated that either significant environmental impacts would not result from the proposed action or significant adverse impacts have been eliminated by making changes in the project.  Consequently, the EPA has made a preliminary decision not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.

The FONSI and supporting environmental documents are on file in the EPA office, located at 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and are available for public review, on request, at the Sussex County Council office.  Additional copies of the Environmental Report will be made available, at cost, upon request.

Comments supporting or disagreeing with this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration to EPA.  After evaluating the comments received, the Agency will make a final decision no sooner than thirty (30) calendar days from the date of this Finding of No Significant
Impact.  No administrative action will be taken with respect to this proposal during this time frame. 

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:  Title 40 Part 6.400(d) requires EPA to provide sufficient opportunity for public review of a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact before the decision becomes effective.  Written supporting or disagreeing comment to this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration.

 

Comments should be sent to:

Koge Suto

Suto.Koge@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5763

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action

 

 

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District of Columbia's Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Safe Drinking Water Act Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List Approved

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Water Protection Division
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance / 3WP50
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

This Notice will be posted until: April 23,2011

 

NOTICE: On February 18, 2011, Region 3 posted on its website and distributed, in a selected mass mailing and e-mailing to pre-identified parties, both the proposed District of Columbia Intended Use Plan and the proposed Project Priority List for Fiscal Year 2011 and Fiscal Year 2012 for public comment. These documents described the drinking water projects that were proposed to be funded during this period under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

 

The comment period ended on March 19, 2011.

 

During this period, no letters, telephone calls or e-mails were received relative to these documents. Consequently, we hereby approve both the Intended Use Plan and the Project Priority for Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012.

 

For Further Information: Interested persons may obtain further information by contacting:

Kenneth Pantuck

pantuck.kenneth@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
Water Protection Division
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5769

 

 

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Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Corp. Assoc., Inc

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Water Protection Division
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Comments will be accepted until: April 15, 2011


NOTICE: EPA Region 3 today offers for public comment the issuance of a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CA/FO) against Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc. (“Respondent”), 1985 Isaac Newton Square West, Reston, Virginia  20190.  This CA/FO alleges two violations of the Clean Water Act for Respondent’s facility located at 8321 Leishear Road, Laurel, Maryland 20725 (the “Facility”).  First, Respondent failed to prepare a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) meeting the requirements of the Facility’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and 40 C.F.R. Part 122.  Second, Respondent violated the Oil Pollution Prevention regulations, 40 C.F.R. Part 112. 

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The Facility is a manufacturing and balancing plant for milk products.  On April 24, 2004, the Facility was issued NPDES permit No. MD0000469. The Facility was required to prepare a SWPPP including descriptions of site-specific storm water management controls and an estimate of the types of pollutants likely to be present in the discharges.  The alleged violation documented in the CA/FO pertains to the Facility’s failure to prepare a SWPPP meeting these requirements.  The proposed penalty for this violation is $4,279.00.


The Facility has a combined oil storage capacity of more than 10,000 gallons.  The Facility is subject to the Oil Pollution Prevention Regulations, which include Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (“SPCC”) requirements.  The alleged violation documented in the CA/FO pertains to the Facility’s failure to meet all necessary requirements in the preparation of its SPCC Plan, including deficient site map and lack of certification by professional engineer, and its failure to provide training for personnel, as required under the SPCC Plan for the Facility.  The proposed penalty for this violation is $6,695.00


Respondent disclosed these violations to EPA, along with additional violations of the CWA, pursuant to EPA’s self-disclosure policy, Incentives for Self-Policing: Discovery, Disclosure, Correction and Prevention of Violations, 65 Fed. Reg. 19618 (April 11, 2000), at four other facilities:  a fluid processing plant located in Landover, Maryland, owned by Marva-Maid Landover Land, LLC, and operated by Marva Maid Landover Operations, LLC, subsidiaries of Respondent; a fluid processing plant located in Newport News, Virginia; a farm supply warehouse located in Frederick, Maryland; a distribution facility located in Colonial Heights, Virginia.   The Frederick and Colonial Heights facilities are owned and operated by Respondent’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Valley Milk Products, LLC. 

 

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 thirty (30) days of the date of this public notice.  All comments received within this thirty-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 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103

 

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

 

REGISTER 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.

 

Comments should be sent to:

Robert Staves (Staves.Robert @epa.gov)
Enforcement and Compliance Branch (3EC10)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2962

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

 

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CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Date of Categorical Exclusion:  March 8, 2011

Comments will be accepted until: April 8, 2011

 

NOTICE:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:
Borough of Slatington

Project Applicant:
Mr. Galen Freed, President Borough Council

Slatington Borough

125 Walnut Street

Slatington, PA;18080

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The Borough of Slatington is located in the northern most area of Lehigh County. The Borough is located across from Walnutport on the west side of the Lehigh River fifteen miles northwest of Allentown. The Borough?s current wastewater system was installed in the 1950s and serves approximately 4,400 people. A significant amount of inflow and infiltration (I/I) is experienced. The Borough plans to use the Fiscal Year 2008 Special Appropriation Act grant for three specific problem areas. Currently the Slatington Wastewater Treatment Plant has no emergency back up for a power outage and untreated sewage could be discharged to the Lehigh River if the primary equipment at the plant fails to run for an extended period of time. Also, the Borough plans to add an isolation valve on the trickling filter effluent line. With the addition of the isolation valve, the operators will be able to flood the tank to remove the top layer of media and debris, allowing easier cleaning of the beds andpreventing the outbreak of potential seasonal insect infestations. And finally, the Borough plans to rehabilitate a number of manholes throughout the system. Replacing the interior lining of manholes will reduce groundwater infiltration into the collection system and also prevent sewage contaminated water from leaking out into the surrounding soil. The proposed project will increase the reliability of the Slatington Wastewater Treatment plant. This project is necessary to ensure that untreated effluent will be prevented from contaminating the Lehigh River and surrounding soil. EPA grant funds of $158,000 are available to assist the Slatington Borough. Estimated eligible EPA project costs total $287,273.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: The project will have a positive water quality benefit. Work is limited to the addition of an emergency generator, check valve and manhole rehabilitation. The project will help prevent untreated wastewater from entering the Lehigh River during times of power outages and heavy wet weather flows. The project is scheduled to begin in April 2011.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request.  Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.

 

Comments should be sent to:

Moses.Mary@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Mary Moses (215) 814-5743

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Date of Categorical Exclusion:   February 28, 2011

Comments will be accepted until: April 4, 2011

 

NOTICE:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:
Town of Westernport, Maryland
Combined Sewer Overflow Elimination Project
XP-963040-01

Project Applicant:
The Honorable J. Daniel Laffey, Mayor
Town of Westernport
107 Washington Avenue
P. O. Box 266
Westernport, Maryland  21562

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The Town of Westernport owns and operates a combined sanitary and storm water sewer system which discharges raw sewage during wet weather events into George’s Creek, which is a tributary to the North Branch of the Potomac River. The Town is under a consent order issued in 2002 by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), which required implementation of a Long Term Control Plan (LTCP), approved by MDE.  The LTCP mandates the Town to eliminate combined sewer overflows (CSO’s) in their combined sewer system. 

In accordance with the LTCP, the City is implementing the Phase II, Area B Project.  The project consists of the separation of the combined sewer system in the Philos Avenue  area including Philos Avenue, Jameson, Howard, Smoot, Potomac, and Clay Streets.

The infrastructure consists of 2,511 Linear Feet (LF) of 15” polyethylene storm sewer pipe, 21 storm water inlets, 1,949 LF of 8” polyvinyl chloride sanitary sewer pipe, 26 manholes, 15 sanitary sewer laterals, paving, curbing and sidewalk replacement where necessary, existing utilities replacement, and related appurtenances.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: This project is a part of the Town’s efforts to reduce CSO’s in their sewer system, which will reduce raw sewage discharges during wet weather events to George’s Creek, a tributary to the North Branch of the Potomac River, while complying with their consent order.  This reduction in CSO’s will help improve the water quality in these watersheds and provide a public health benefit to the residents of Westernport by reducing bacterial contamination in the CSO’s.

 

All construction work will be done in existing City streets or previously disturbed areas.  The total estimated cost of the project is $2,400,000.

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:  A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request.  Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked:

Comments should be sent to:

Smith.Brucea@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Bruce Smith (215) 814-5770

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Date of Categorical Exclusion:  February 10, 2011

Comments will be accepted until: April 4, 2011

 

NOTICE:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:
Taylor County Commission – Southwestern Water Public Service District Water System
Improvements and Replacement Project

Project Applicant:
Mr. David Efaw, President
Taylor County Commission
214 West Main Street
Grafton, West Virginia   26354

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The Southwestern Water Public Service District (PSD) was created by the Taylor County Commission (Commission) to provide the southwestern portion of Taylor County, West Virginia with a clean, reliable source of potable drinking water.  The PSD reports to the Commission and the Commission in return helps the PSD in numerous ways from selecting board members, to acquire grants to help the PSD extend water lines, and to repair and replace parts in the system to allow continuous service to its customers.

The PSD has owned and operated a public water system since 1968 and currently serves 2,115 customers in the Counties of Harrison, Barbour, and the majority of customers in Taylor County.  In addition, the PSD provides potable drinking water service to three schools, Flemington Elementary, Taylor County Middle, and Mt. Vernon Elementary Schools.

The original water distribution has experienced an unaccounted water loss of approximately 41 percent and has been a public health concern of the residents with respect to contamination of the drinking water and the associated loss of water pressure due to deterioration of the aging system. The PSD is currently undertaking an ongoing water distribution system replacement and improvement project to reduce water loss.  This proposed project will replace additional water lines in the original system that need to be replaced, which will help further reduce the water loss.  In addition, some of the storage tank sites and pump stations have been experiencing flooding, erosion, and vandalism, which will be corrected by the proposed project.

This project will include the replacement of approximately 7,800 Linear Feet (LF) of 2” and 6” water lines in the Webster area of Taylor County as well as the Baptist Hill, High School Hill, and College Hill areas in the Town of Flemington, Taylor County.  Additionally, approximately 850 LF of 5/8” by 3/4” tubing will be installed in these areas along with two blow-off valves and one fire hydrant in High School Hill.

Along with the above, 6’ cyclone fencing will be installed around the Woodyard water storage tank and the Highland Ridge pump station, grading will be done and stone installed on the Greenhouse Tank access road, piping will be replaced at the existing Greenhouse Tank and Jerry Run Tank valve vaults, and a pressure reducing valve will be installed at the West Hill water system.

All construction work will be done in existing roads or previously disturbed areas.  The total estimated cost of the project is $390,000.  EPA will provide a grant of $169,664 and the balance will be financed by a grant from the Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: Replacement of the deteriorated water lines with new water lines will reduce the amount of water wasted through loss in the system.  The proposed project is needed to alleviate concerns resulting from aging water lines, older valves, and other aging components.  The line replacements will eliminate the leaks in the water distribution system, thus eliminating the possible source of contamination and thereby improve public health for the residents of the Webster, Baptist Hill, High School Hill, and College Hill areas.  Project implementation will provide a safe, reliable source of potable water and maintain the quality and improve water pressure in the system while preventing unauthorized people from accessing any of the system’s components.  In addition, the environment will benefit from eliminating potential flooding and erosion that exists at some of the storage tank and pump station sites.

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request.  Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.

 

Comments should be sent to:

Smith.Brucea@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Bruce Smith (215) 814-5770

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Date of Categorical Exclusion:   February 8, 2011

Comments will be accepted until: April 4, 2011

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

 

Official Project Name:
New Castle County
New Castle, Delaware
Old Shellpot Interceptor Rehabilitation Phase II
XP-973847-01

Project Applicant:
Mr. David Hofer, P.E., Assistant County Engineer
New Castle County Government Center
Department of Special Services
87 Reads Way
New Castle, Delaware  19720

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: New Castle County (NCC) owns, operates and maintains a county-wide sewage collection, transmission, and treatment system comprised of approximately 1,600 miles of pipe, 160 pump stations, and 3 treatment plants.  While much of the county is serviced by a separate sanitary sewer system, a section of the Brandywine Hundred area is serviced by a combined sewer collection system. The Brandywine Hundred contains two aging combined sewer overflow (CSO) structures which are designed to discharge combined storm water and sewage flows during periods of excessive rain or snow melt. 

NCC has developed a comprehensive sewer rehabilitation and replacement program for its aging sanitary sewer system in Brandywine Hundred.  This program, approved by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Water Resources, in response to a DNREC Secretary’s Order, is intended to eliminate combined sewer overflows to the Delaware River.  The rehabilitation of the Old Shellpot interceptor is an important component of the program.  The Old Shellpot Interceptor Rehabilitation Project-
Phase II, will be a continuation of the Phase I Project and will achieve compliance through Infiltration/Inflow (I&I) reduction and increased capacity of the sewer system. 

The work associated with this project primarily involves lining sewer pipes and sealing sewer pipeline joints to reduce inflow problems.  The County plans to line approximately 4,332 linear feet of deteriorated sewer pipes of varying diameters, and seal an estimated 1,551 joints via Packer Injection grouting.  Cleaning, testing, and Closed Circuit Television inspections of 9,300 linear feet of sewer mains and joints will also be completed to determine operational function, success of repairs, and efficiency of the system.  The estimated total project cost is $678,000.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: This project constitutes an important step in the continued improvement of public and environmental health through reducing the incidence of CSO events in New Castle County, Delaware.  Especially during events of heavy rain or snow melt, the deteriorated infrastructure of the Old Shellpot Interceptor and combined sewer system of Brandywine Hundred has led to many documented instances of CSO’s resulting in the release of untreated sewage into local ground and surface waters.  Specifically, this project reduces sewage-laden water from entering the Delaware Bay via the Shellpot Creek watershed.

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request.  Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.

 

Comments should be sent to:

Purnell.Rhonda@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Rhonda Purnell (215) 814-2188

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Date of Categorical Exclusion:   February 16, 2011

Comments will be accepted until: April 4, 2011

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

Official Project Name:
Hanover County, Virginia
Poteet Pump Station Improvement Project
XP-963017-01

Project Applicant:
Mr. Cecil R. Harris, Jr.
County Administrator, Hanover County
P.O. Box 470
Hanover, Virginia  23069

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: Hanover County, Virginia, proposes to renovate the Poteet Wastewater Pumping Station, located in the Cold Harbor Magisterial District.  This pump station was built in 1985, and its pumps (7.5 Hp motors, rated at 45 gallons per minute (gpm)) are undersized and are at the end of their service life.  The renovations will address several problems at the pump station—undersized pumps, undersized wet well, lack of monitoring equipment and no backup electrical power.

The project will install two 15 Hp submersible pumps, rated at 160 gpm, construct a new deeper wet well for the new pumps, add monitoring equipment and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) controls, and add an emergency backup power generator.  Each pump will be able to meet the needs of service area which makes the pump station fully redundant.  The increase in pumping capacity at the Poteet pump station will not impact the size of the service area.  The current service area is close to being fully developed with no foreseeable opportunity to expand its boundaries.

The existing pump station cannot pump the wastewater fast enough (velocity is about 0.5 ft/sec) to maintain minimum flow velocities (Virginia requires 2.0 ft/sec) in the 6-inch diameter force main.  The lower velocity allows grit, grease and other materials to settle out of the wastewater and form blockages in the force main.  The new pumps will increase the velocity to 2.0 ft/sec.  With the higher capacity pumps, the wet well also needs to be enlarged to prevent short cycling of the pumps.  Another benefit of a larger wet well is that the additional capacity will allow more wastewater to be stored in the pump station before surcharging the collection system and overflowing the wet well.

In the past when power was lost due to a storm or a line blockage occurred, the wet well would overflow into an unnamed tributary to Beaverdam Creek, and the collection system would surcharge which cause overflows at manholes.  There was no system in place to notify the County of a problem at the pump station.  The new wet well will be provided with high and low level alarms and a SCADA system which will relay alarms to a 24-hour monitoring station at the Hanover County central office. The SCADA controls will also monitor the electrical status of the commercial power and the new backup power generator to alert upon loss of power supplies.  The new alarms and the SCADA system should help prevent future overflows and surcharges by alerting the County earlier to a problem.

The proposed project will be constructed within the existing pump station site.  The existing wet well will be converted into a new manhole for the pump station.  Most of the pump station will be built below ground level.  The electric controls and backup generator will be protected by a metal roof structure.

The proposed project’s construction cost is $386,230.  An EPA grant of $212,427 is available for this project.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: There are no significant adverse environmental effects expected by the construction of this project.  Construction activity will be limited to existing pump station site, and it will conform to Virginia’s Erosion and Sedimentation Policy.

The improvements to the pump station will increase the reliability of the Poteet pumping station which will reduce the potential for sewage overflow, and the associated environmental impacts they create.  An overflow is both dangerous to public health and an environmental hazard to the area affected by an overflow which, for this facility, includes the Beaverdam Creek watershed, which is a tributary to the Chickahominy River, the James River and the Chesapeake Bay.

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request.  Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked:

 

Comments should be sent to:

Mcadams.Dave@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
David McAdams (215) 814-5764

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Date of Categorical Exclusion:  February 23, 2011

Comments will be accepted until: April 4, 2011

 

NOTICE:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

Official Project Name:
City of Frostburg, Maryland
Combined Sewer Overflow Elimination Project
XP-963041-01

Project Applicant:
The Honorable Arthur Thomas Bond, Mayor
City of Frostburg
P.O. Box 440
59 East Main Street
Frostburg, Maryland  21532

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The City of Frostburg is under a consent order (Consent Decree No. 01-C-00-18342-L, dated 12/14/2001) by the State of Maryland acting through the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), which required execution of a Long Term Control Plan (LTCP), approved by MDE on 4/21/2003.  The LTCP required the City to eliminate combined sewer overflows (CSO) in their combined sewer system by the Year 2023. 

In accordance with the LTCP, the City will be implementing the Phase VI, Area 2 Project.  The project consists of the separation of the combined sewer along: Area 1- W. College Avenue (Ave.) from S. Water Street (St.) to Chestnut St. connecting to Frost Ave. from Locust and Chestnut Sts. and Alley 54 below Frost Mansion and Area 2- the balance of West College Ave. to High St., connecting to Frost Ave. from Pine St., and Alley 53 from Chestnut to High St.; Linden St. and Alley 54 connecting to College Ave.  The project is located in a west end residential neighborhood known as Sand Spring Hill South.

The infrastructure consists of 3,865 Linear Feet (LF) of 4”-21” corrugated polyethylene storm sewer pipe, 16 storm water inlets, 4,800 LF of 6”-8” polyvinyl chloride sanitary sewer pipe, 31 manholes, paving and curbing replacement where necessary, and related appurtenances and existing utilities replacement.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: This project is an important part of the City’s efforts to reduce CSO’s in their sewer system, which will reduce raw sewage discharges during wet weather events to George’s Creek and Wills Creek, tributaries to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.  This reduction in CSO’s will help improve the water quality in these watersheds and provide a public health benefit to the residents of Frostburg by reducing bacterial contamination in the CSO’s.  In addition, reducing wet weather flows in the City’s system will help the burden on the City of Cumberland’s Wastewater Treatment plant which provides regional treatment for wastewater flows from the City and other surrounding satellite communities.

All construction work will be done in existing City streets or previously disturbed areas.  The total estimated cost of the project is $1,670,178.


  
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request.  Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.

Comments should be sent to:

Smith.Brucea@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Bruce Smith (215) 814-5770

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Date of Categorical Exclusion:  March 1, 2011

Comments will be accapted until: April 4, 2011

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

Official Project Name:
Fairfax County Virginia
Covanta Water Reuse Project
XP-963025-01

Project Applicant:
Mr. Shahram Mohsenin
Division Director, Wasterwater Planning & Monitoring Division
Department of Public Works & Environmental Services
Fairfax, Virginia  22035

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: Hanover County, Virginia, proposes to renovate the Poteet Wastewater Pumping Station, located in the Cold Harbor Magisterial District.  This pump station was built in 1985, and its pumps (7.5 Hp motors, rated at 45 gallons per minute (gpm)) are undersized and are at the end of their service life.  The renovations will address several problems at the pump station—undersized pumps, undersized wet well, lack of monitoring equipment and no backup electrical power. 

The project will install two 15 Hp submersible pumps, rated at 160 gpm, construct a new deeper wet well for the new pumps, add monitoring equipment and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) controls, and add an emergency backup power generator.  Each pump will be able to meet the needs of service area which makes the pump station fully redundant.  The increase in pumping capacity at the Poteet pump station will not impact the size of the service area.  The current service area is close to being fully developed with no foreseeable opportunity to expand its boundaries.

The existing pump station cannot pump the wastewater fast enough (velocity is about 0.5 ft/sec) to maintain minimum flow velocities (Virginia requires 2.0 ft/sec) in the 6-inch diameter force

main.  The lower velocity allows grit, grease and other materials to settle out of the wastewater and form blockages in the force main.  The new pumps will increase the velocity to 2.0 ft/sec.  With the higher capacity pumps, the wet well also needs to be enlarged to prevent short cycling of the pumps.  Another benefit of a larger wet well is that the additional capacity will allow more wastewater to be stored in the pump station before surcharging the collection system and overflowing the wet well. 

In the past when power was lost due to a storm or a line blockage occurred, the wet well would overflow into an unnamed tributary to Beaverdam Creek, and the collection system would surcharge which cause overflows at manholes.  There was no system in place to notify the County of a problem at the pump station.  The new wet well will be provided with high and low level alarms and a SCADA system which will relay alarms to a 24-hour monitoring station at the Hanover County central office. The SCADA controls will also monitor the electrical status of the commercial power and the new backup power generator to alert upon loss of power supplies.  The new alarms and the SCADA system should help prevent future overflows and surcharges by alerting the County earlier to a problem.

The proposed project will be constructed within the existing pump station site.  The existing wet well will be converted into a new manhole for the pump station.  Most of the pump station will be built below ground level.  The electric controls and backup generator will be protected by a metal roof structure.

The proposed project’s construction cost is $386,230.  An EPA grant of $212,427 is available for this project.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: There are no significant adverse environmental effects expected by the construction of this project.  Construction activity will be limited to existing pump station site, and it will conform to Virginia’s Erosion and Sedimentation Policy. 

The improvements to the pump station will increase the reliability of the Poteet pumping station which will reduce the potential for sewage overflow, and the associated environmental impacts they create.  An overflow is both dangerous to public health and an environmental hazard to the area affected by an overflow which, for this facility, includes the Beaverdam Creek watershed, which is a tributary to the Chickahominy River, the James River and the Chesapeake Bay. 

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:  A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request.  Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked:

Comments should be sent to:

Mcadams.Dave@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
David McAdams (215) 814-5764

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION  

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Date of Categorical Exclusion:  March 3, 2011

Comments will be accapted until: April 4, 2011

 

NOTICE:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project is consistent with the categories of actions eligible for a categorical exclusion.  This means that an environmental information document will not be required, and an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will not be prepared for this project.

Official Project Name:
Centerville/Cumberland Valley Township
Water System Upgrades

Project Applicant:
Mr. Don Llewellyn
Centerville Area Municipal Authority
136 Dutchman Road
Bedford, PA  15522

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The Village of Centerville is located in Cumberland Valley Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. The water system currently serves 37 homes, and 2 businesses. The Centerville Area Municipal Authority operates the water system which is permitted as a public water system with The Departmental of Environmental Resources.  The water supply for this system is Rock Spring Run located on the eastern flank of Wills Mountain. The watershed above the source is State Game Lands and is undeveloped forestland.

The water system is permitted for 12,000 gallons per day. The water is disinfected with hypochlorite solution and chlorine contact time is provided in the distribution piping. The system is comprised of 2” asbestos cement pipe and 6”cast iron pipe.  Centerville Area Municipal Authority installed the public water system in the Village of Centerville during the 1960’s when it was common to use asbestos cement piping as a low cost alternative to metal piping.

The Centerville drinking water system is experiencing leakages.  Water use averages about 8,000 gallons per day; based on the number of users on the system, it should be around 4,500 to 5,000 gallons per day. The costs of repairing leaks and treating unnecessary quantities of water are costing the Authority a great deal of money.  Leaking water pipes also have a potential for

property and infrastructure damage.  Another potential hazard for the Authority if that the majority of the water lines that are to be replaced are 2” in diameter. This pipe size is not adequate to supply the volume of water needed for fire protection. As of January 2011 Pennsylvania requires sprinkler systems in all new residential construction. The sprinkler requirements could be extended to additions or remodeling in the future.  A water system capable of supplying these systems will improve fire safety in the community.

The Authority proposed to replace the asbestos cement pipe.  The existing asbestos cement pipe will be left in place. The new pipeline will be installed adjacent to the existing lines within the Township roads right-of-way.   The majority of the work will take place in the road shoulders.   Work will include trenching, placement of new pipe and appurtenances, backfill of trench, and restoration of the disturbed surface.   No work within Penn DOT right of ways is planned.  Also, valves would be added to the system.  The distribution system lacks valves needed to isolate portions of the system for repairs. This can leave all of the customers of the system without water for the time it takes to make the repair. While replacing lines, valves will be strategically placed to provide the ability to fix or maintain portions of the systems without having to shut the entire system down.  Also, at night and in other low demand periods, water overflows the storage tank spilling chlorinated water into Rock Spring Run. In addition to being a pollutant there is the unnecessary cost for treating the overflowing water. The addition of valves to create a bypass to direct excess water to Rock Spring Run in times of low demand would solve these problems.

The purpose of this project is to:

  • Replace approximately 6200 feet of undersized 2” asbestos cement water piping in the distribution system

  • Add 10 gate valves to the distribution system

  • Provide approximately 48 water meters at each water service connection.

  • Replace disinfection system

  • Add a float valve at water treatment plant

  • Replace 3 meters on at the chemical pumps in the water treatment plant

  • Replace water treatment plant roof

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: The project will provide safe, clean drinking water for the Village of Centerville as well as provide adequate fire safety, and improve water quality in Rock Spring Run by reducing the amount of chlorine.   Funding will be provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development program and the Environmental Protection Agency.  The project is scheduled to begin in June 2011. 

     

    FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  A copy of the EPA decision is available upon request.  Please notify the contact below if you are aware of any reason why the decision should be revoked.

    Comments should be sent to:

    Breznicky.Valerie@epa.gov
    Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
    EPA Region 3
    1650 Arch Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Valerie Breznicky (215) 814-5765

    Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Date of Finding of No Significant Impact:  February 23, 2011

Comments will be accepted until:  April 3, 2011

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project will not result in significant adverse impact to the natural and human environment.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare and Environmental Impact Statement has been made.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Official Project Name:
Halifax County Service Authority, Virginia
Grant Number XP-963030-01

Project Applicant:
Mr. William E. Jones
Halifax County Service Authority

Project Location:  
 Town of Halifax
Town of South Boston
Halifax County

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The Halifax County Service Authority (HCSA) is proposing to expand and upgrade the Maple Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant (Maple Avenue WWTP), located in South Boston, from a 2 Million Gallons per Day (MGD) to a 4 MGD WWTP, remove from service the Halifax WWTP (treatment capacity of 0.3 MGD), install a pump station and force main to transport the wastewater from the Halifax WWTP to the Maple Avenue WWTP and connect the South Boston Water Treatment Plant (WPT) to the sewer system for the Maple Avenue WWTP.  The South Boston WTP currently discharges its process wastewater to Poplar Creek, a tributary to the Dan River.

The expansion and upgrade of the Maple Avenue WWTP includes reconditioning and modifying the headworks, adding two aeration basins with anoxic zones, adding a clarifier, adding sludge pumps, adding an aerobic digester, replacing a chlorine disinfection system with an Ultraviolet disinfection system, replacing sludge filter belt press, refurbishing blower motor controls, retrofitting the existing clarifiers, installing necessary piping modification and removing unused structures. 

To transport the wastewater from Halifax WWTP to the Maple Avenue WWTP will require a 320-gallons-per-minute pump station and 16,800 linear feet of 8-inch diameter force main which will be connected to a 12-inch gravity sewer that flows to the Maple Avenue WWTP.  The South Boston WTP requires a lateral connection to the sewer system and dedicated capacity at the Maple Avenue WWTP.

The EPA Appropriation Act of FY 2010 contained specific language which directed EPA to provide grant funds to HCSA for the Maple Avenue WWTP improvements.  Because of this language, EPA will be only partially funding the Maple Avenue WWTP portion of this proposed project.

To accomplish this project, HCSA will combine EPA grant funds with Federal assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development (RD).  As part of RD=s administration of this project, an environmental review was completed, and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was issued (April 10, 2010) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 

EPA has reviewed the FONSI and the supporting environmental documents and has determined that its findings and recommendations are consistent with our rules and regulations.  EPA accepts RD=s FONSI (copy attached) and the Environmental Assessment, prepared by the town’s engineer.  The review process indicated that either significant environmental impacts would not result from the proposed action or significant adverse impacts have been mitigated by making changes in the project.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement has been made. 

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:  Title 40 Part 6.400(d) requires EPA to provide sufficient opportunity for public review of a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact before the decision becomes effective.  Written supporting or disagreeing comment to this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration.

Comments should be sent to:

McAdams.David@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
David McAdams (215) 814-5764

 

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Date of Finding of No Significant Impact:  February 18, 2011

Comments will be accepted until:  April 3, 2011

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project will not result in significant adverse impact to the natural and human environment.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare and Environmental Impact Statement has been made.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Official Project Name:
County of Appomattox
Concord to Appomattox Water Line

Appomattox County, Virginia

Project Applicant:
Mr. John Roark, County Planner
Appomattox, Pennsylvania 24522

Project Location:  
 Town of Halifax
Town of South Boston
Halifax County

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: Appomattox County is located in a rural area of central Virginia.  The proposed project area runs from the Town of Concord on the western edge of the County, east along Route 460 to the Town of Appomattox and is surrounded by farms and wooded areas.  Concord relies on two wells for its source of water while the Town of Appomattox relies on eight wells to service its 785 customers.  Studies done by the Virginia Department of Health have identified the need for a more reliable and sustainable drinking water supply for both Concord and Appomattox.

There are currently only two public water systems in the County; one in the Town of Appomattox and one in the Town of Pamplin.  Private drinking water wells supply the residences and businesses along Route 460 between Concord and Appomattox.  The ground water is accessible and found in fracture zones, joints in the bedrock just above the bedrock, usually within 150 feet of the surface.  The groundwater is withdrawn through shallow, large diameter wells and is susceptible to fluctuations in level due to droughts and contamination from nearby septic fields.

There are approximately 98 residential and small businesses along US Route 460 between Concord and Appomattox.  A typical service connection uses approximately 154 gallons per day (gpd).  The total demands along US Route 460 will be approximately 15,092 gpd.  The Campbell County Utilities and Service Authority (CCUSA) water system will provide water to the new system as a wholesale provider.  The source of the Authority’s water is the Big Otter River and the water treatment plant in Altavista, VA.  Currently, there is no publically owned wastewater treatment facility within the project area.  Nearly 100% of project area is served by private on-site sewage disposal systems (OSDS).  As well as the threat of sewage contamination of the wells, recent low rainfall levels have caused an unreliable water supply.  A recent Virginia Department of Health survey identified 29 wells in the project area in need of replacement. The underground water supply will continue to degrade as demand continues to increase.

The purpose of this project is to protect public health and the environment by providing a safe, reliable source of water for both drinking and fire fighting for the area.  The estimated cost for the new system is $3,908,562.  The local share of the project costs will be paid for through local funds, initial net tapping fees, and the $482,100 Appropriations Act grant from EPA, which is the basis for this environmental assessment.  The EPA funds will be used to cover the costs of land acquisition, demolition and removal, and a portion of the construction costs.

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:  Title 40 Part 6.400(d) requires EPA to provide sufficient opportunity for public review of a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact before the decision becomes effective.  Written supporting or disagreeing comment to this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration.

Comments should be sent to:

McAdams.David@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
David McAdams (215) 814-5764

 

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

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Columbia Township, Warren County, PA
notice of proposal to issue final permit,
opportunity for public hearing,
and
request for public comment


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

Date of Notice: January 21, 2011
UIC Permit Nos.: PAS2D215BWAR and PAS2D216BWAR


Comments will be accepted until March 23, 2011.


The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, has developed draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permits (PAS2D215 BWAR and PASD216BWAR) for Bear Lake Properties, LLC, under the authority of the UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146 and 147, for the purpose of constructing and operating two Class II D injection wells to dispose of produced fluids, produced in association with oil and gas production operations.

 

description: Bear Lake Properties plans to dispose of these fluids through two injection wells, the Bittinger #1 and Bittinger #4, into the Medina Formation located in Columbia Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania. A permit is required to meet the provisions of the EPA administered UIC Program in Pennsylvania.

 

opportunity for comment: Persons wishing to comment on the Administrative Record for this permit action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours at:

EPA Region III
Ground Water and Enforcement Branch
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 


All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record.  The Administrative Record includes the permit applications, draft permits, statement of basis’, public notice and all related correspondence.  A copy of the information listed above is available for review and inspection at:

Warren County Public Library
205 Market Street Extension
Warren, Pennsylvania 16365


EPA solicits public comment on the proposal to issue final UIC permits for this facility.  The public hearing which had originally been scheduled for Wednesday, February 23, 2011, and postponed, has been rescheduled for:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 7:00 P.M.
Columbus Social Hall
4 West Main Street
Columbus, Pennsylvania 16405


The Administrative Record for this action will remain open for public comment through March 23, 2011.


for further information: Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit and the statement of basis, by contacting:


Stephen Platt
Ground Water and Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
 platt.steve@epa.gov or by phone at (215) 814-5464

 

 

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Public comment for DC?s Fiscal Year 2011 & 2012 Intended Use Plan

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
Water Protection Division
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance / 3WP50
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Comments will be accepted until:  March 20, 2011

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting public comment on the draft Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Intended Use Plan and the draft Project Priority List Read the Full Announcement. A public hearing will be held if significant concerns are expressed.  If you have any concerns with or objections to the Intended Use Plan or Priority Project List, please contact the EPA representative at the address below.

 

For Further Information: Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft Intended Use Plan and draft Project Priority List, by contacting

 

Kenneth Pantuck (pantuck.kenneth@epa.gov)
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
Water Protection Division
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 814-5769

 

 

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

 

Date of Finding of No Significant Impact:  February 2, 2011

 

Comments Due By:  March 10, 2011

 

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3 has concluded that the following project will not result in significant adverse impact to the natural and human environment.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare and Environmental Impact Statement has been made.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Official Project Name:
Municipal Authority of Washington Township
Upper Pine Run Sewer Project
Washington and Upper Burrell Townships, PA
EPA Project No. XP-963016-01

 

Project Applicant:
Larry J. Larese, Executive Director
Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation
Fifth Floor, Suite 520, 40 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Greensburg, PA 15601

 

Project Location:
Washington and Upper Burrell Townships
       Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania           

 

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The Upper Pine Run Sewer Project will extend sewers to 170 existing homes and to the Westmoreland County Business and Industrial Park (WCBIP).  105 of the homes are in Washington Township and 65 are in the Chapeldale Subdivision, Upper Burrell Township. The 105 existing homes in Washington Township are on-lot disposal systems (OLDS), many of which (47%) are considered as malfunctioning.  Sewage treatment for the existing homes in Chapeldale and the WCBIP is provided by an existing sewage treatment plant, located on the WCBIP property, owned and operated by the Westmoreland County Industrial Park Authority.  Facilities at the WCBIP include approximately 30 businesses engaged in commercial and light industrial activities.  Total employment at the WCBIP is approximately 3000 people.  The existing sewage treatment plant will be taken out of service as part of the project. 

This project is being undertaken by the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC) and the Municipal Authority of Washington Township (Authority).  The Authority will construct, own and operate the Upper Pine Run Sewer Project.

The project area includes portions of Pine Run Road, North Washington Road, Havard Drive, State Road 380, Crestwood Drive, Crestview Drive, Crooks Road, Utopia Road, and Gill Road in Washington Township, as well as Chapeldale and WCBIP.

A total of 448 Equivalent Dwelling Units (EDUs) will be included in this project, as follows:
- 105 EDUs to be sewered in Washington Township
- 278 EDUs to be sewered at the WCBIP, and
-   65 EDUs to be sewered in the Chapeldale Subdivision.

The project involves the installation of approximately 27,400 linear feet (LF) of 8” collector gravity sewers, 12,000 LF of 15" interceptor gravity sewers, and 170 precast concrete manholes.  Sewers lines will be constructed in developed areas, i.e. under roads and through backyards.  Sewage flows from the WCBIP and the Chapeldale Subdivision will flow into a new pump station with a design flow of 50,000 gallons per day with a 16-hour runoff rate which will be constructed at the site of the existing treatment plant.  Auxiliary power will be provided for the station by a natural gas emergency generator.  A 4-inch diameter force main will convey the flows approximately 2,800 LF feet to a point of connection with the gravity collection system near Crestwood Drive in Washington Township.  There are no permanent impacts to wetlands associated with the installation of the sewer system.  There are no environmental impacts anticipated due to the installation of the sewer collection system.  All necessary Pennsylvania Department of Environmental (PADEP) permits for this project have been secured and sewers will be installed in accordance with the approved permits.

The new sewer extension will connect to an existing sewer collection system near the intersection of Pine Run Road and Woodland Road.  From this point the sewage will flow by gravity to the Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority (KVWPCA) sewer treatment plant (STP), located near Vandergrift, Pennsylvania.  This Kiski Valley STP has a design capacity of 7.0 million gallons per day (MGD).  Currently, the facility is operating at 47% capacity or 3.3 MGD.  Both the engineer and the KVWPCA have advised EPA that the facility has sufficient capacity to handle the additional flows from both the existing sewage treatment plant located at the WCIBP plus the additional EDUs associated with this project.  The KVWPCA plant discharges to the Kiskiminetas River.  The River is impaired due to abandoned mine drainage (i.e. metals and suspended solids).  There is a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) allocation for aluminum, iron and magnesium.  The TMDL was established by EPA for the Kiski watershed on January 29, 2010.  A waste load allocation was included in the TMDL for the KVWPCA based on a flow of 7 MGD and “water quality criteria”.  The waste load allocation is 15,994 lbs/year for aluminum, 31,988 lbs/year for iron and 21,325 lbs/year for manganese.  An industrial waste survey of the businesses in WCBIP was conducted to determine the impact of discharged waste on the KVWPA treatment plant.  To protect the KVWPA treatment plan, where appropriate, pretreatment plans for the disposal of any and all industrial waste were arranged and businesses were assigned a permit.  No industrial waste is to be discharged to the KVWPA treatment plant.  Compliance with the waste load allocation is expected.

The proposed project concurs with the approved Act 537 Sewage Facility Plan.  On February 12, 2010, the DEP reviewed the proposed Official Plan revision consisting of the extension of public sanitary sewers to serve existing homes located in both Washington and Upper Burrell Townships.  The document acknowledged that the project would also provide sewage service to WCBIP.  The letter advised that the project would require a Clean Streams Law permit for the construction and operation of the proposed sewerage facilities.  All necessary inter-municipal agreements between the Authority, Upper Burrell Township and the KVWPCA are in place.

Estimated eligible EPA project costs total $529,091.  The project is being partially funded (55%) with an EPA grant.  The balance of the project cost is being financed with a state H2O grant, a Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) loan and local funds from tap-in fees.  The anticipated user costs is approximately $65.00 per month.  Current and estimated projected “tap-in” fees for the Upper Burrell and Washington Township users is $3,600 per EDU.  The median household income for the area based on census data is $44,800.

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:  Title 40 Part 6.400(d) requires EPA to provide sufficient opportunity for public review of a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact before the decision becomes effective.  Written supporting or disagreeing comment to this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration.

 

Comments should be sent to:

Koge Suto (Suto.Koge@epa.gov)
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

 

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

 

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Columbia Township, Warren County, PA
notice of proposal to issue final permit,
opportunity for public hearing,
and
request for public comment


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

Date of Notice: January 21, 2011
UIC Permit Nos.: PAS2D215BWAR and PAS2D216BWAR


Comments will be accepted until February 23, 2011.


The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, has developed draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permits (PAS2D215 BWAR and PASD216BWAR) for Bear Lake Properties, LLC, under the authority of the UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146 and 147, for the purpose of constructing and operating two Class II D injection wells to dispose of produced fluids, produced in association with oil and gas production operations.

 

description

Bear Lake Properties plans to dispose of these fluids through two injection wells, the Bittinger #1 and Bittinger #4, into the Medina Formation located in Columbia Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania. A permit is required to meet the provisions of the EPA administered UIC Program in Pennsylvania.

 

opportunity for comment

Persons wishing to comment on the Administrative Record for this permit action remains available for public inspection during normal business hours at:


EPA Region III
Ground Water and Enforcement Branch
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 

All information submitted by the applicant, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public in the Administrative Record.  The Administrative Record includes the permit applications, draft permits, statement of basis’, public notice and all related correspondence.  A copy of the information listed above is available for review and inspection at:

Warren County Public Library
205 Market Street Extension
Warren, Pennsylvania 16365

EPA solicits public comment on the proposal to issue final UIC permits for this facility.  A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled on:

Tuesday, February 23, 2011 at 7:00 P.M.
Youngsville High School Auditorium
227 College Street
Youngsville, Pennsylvania 16371

Requests to hold a public hearing must be received in the office listed below by February 16, 2011.  When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised.  EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest, specific to the proposed brine disposal injection operations, is evidenced by the above date.  In any case, the Administrative Record for this action will remain open for public comment until February 23, 2011.


for further information

Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit and the statement of basis, by contacting:


Stephen Platt
Ground Water and Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
 platt.steve@epa.gov or by phone at (215) 814-5464

 

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Public Notice

City of Baltimore, Maryland
NOTICE OF INTENT TO ASSESS ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY
AND
OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, REGION 3
Water Protection Division, Office of NPDES Permits and Enforcement, NPDES Enforcement Branch (3WP42)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Date of Notice: October 7, 2010
NPDES Permit No.: MD0068292
DOCKET NUMBER: CWA-03-2010-0405


Comments will be accepted until November 16, 2010.


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 Baltimore
City Hall, Room 250
100 N. Holliday Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

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



Need and Description: 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) develop and implement written maintenance inspection procedures; (2) eliminate illicit connections and sanitary discharges; (3) obtain NPDES industrial stormwater permit coverage at City facilities; and (4) develop and implement adequate pollution prevention plans.  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 the City of Baltimore’s 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 the City of Baltimore.  The total proposed penalty to be assessed is $90,000.00 and is consistent with 40 C.F.R. Part 19.

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of the proposed assessment 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 in the formulation of the final penalty assessment order. All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the writer 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 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029


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

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.

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


Deane Bartlett (3RC20)

215-814-2776
bartlett.deane@epa.gov 
Senior Assistant Regional Counsel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103-2029

 

Andrew Dinsmore (3WP42)

215-814-2788
dinsmore.andrew@epa.gov
Environmental Scientist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103-2029

 

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Public Notice

Harford County, Maryland
NOTICE OF INTENT TO ASSESS ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY
AND
OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, REGION 3

OFFICE OF WATER PERMITS AND ENFORCEMENT (3WP42)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103


Date of Notice: October 7, 2010
NPDES Permit No.: MD0068268
DOCKET NUMBER: CWA-03-2010-0406


Comments will be accepted until November 16, 2010.


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:
Harford County
220 South Main Street
Bel Air, MD  21014


Harford County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)



Need and Description: 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) provide relevant information from preventative maintenance inspections; (2) properly address illicit discharges, illegal dumping and spills; and (3) submit a notice of intent for all County-owned facilities that require NPDES stormwater general permit coverage.  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 Harford County’s 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 $75,000.00 and is consistent with 40 C.F.R. Part 19.

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of the proposed assessment 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 in the formulation of the final penalty assessment order. All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the writer 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 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029 

 

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

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.

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


Mark Bolender (3RC43)

215-814-2642
bolender.mark@epa.gov 
Senior Assistant Regional Counsel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103-2029


Chuck Schadel (3WP42)

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

 

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Public Notice

Anne Arundel County, Maryland
NOTICE OF INTENT TO ASSESS ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY
AND
OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, REGION 3
Water Protection Division, Office of NPDES Permits and Enforcement, NPDES Enforcement Branch (3WP42)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Date of Notice: October 7, 2010
NPDES Permit No.: MD0068306
DOCKET NUMBER: CWA-03-2010-0404


Comments will be accepted until November 16, 2010.


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:
Anne Arundel County
The Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21404
Anne Arundel County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)



Need and Description: 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) conduct preventative maintenance inspections, (2) use appropriate enforcement procedures, and (3) develop and implement adequate pollution prevention plans.  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 Anne Arundel County’s 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 Anne Arundel County.  The total proposed penalty to be assessed is $83,500.00 and is consistent with 40 C.F.R. Part 19.

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of the proposed assessment 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 in the formulation of the final penalty assessment order. All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the writer 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 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029


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

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.

 

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


Lori Kier (3RC20)

215-814-2656
kier.lori@epa.gov 
Senior Assistant Regional Counsel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103-2029

Andrew Dinsmore (3WP42)

215-814-2788
dinsmore.andrew@epa.gov
Environmental Scientist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103-2029

 

 

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Public Notice

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

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19103

PUBLIC NOTICE ISSUE DATE: October 7, 2010


Comments will be accepted until November 16, 2010.


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

 

Need and description: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3, is hereby giving notice that it has entered into a Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) which both commences and concludes the administrative action against Chester Downs and Marina, LLC d/b/a Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack, 777 Harrah’s Boulevard, Chester, PA 19103-4505, which CAFO assesses an administrative penalty of thirty-nine thousand dollars ($39,000) under Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), for violation of the Clean Water Act for discharging without a required National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

Name of Case: I/M/O Chester Downs and Marina, LLC d/b/a
Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack
777 Harrah’s Boulevard
Chester, PA 19103-4505
Docket No. CWA-03-2010-0383

Property located at: 777 Harrah’s Boulevard
Chester, PA 19013-4505

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:  Section 309(g) of the Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment.  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:

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

Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 22.13(b), this proceeding is simultaneously commenced and concluded by the issuance of a consent agreement and final order pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 22.18(b)(2).  This public notice constitutes notification to the public of the assessment of a civil penalty in a proceeding commenced pursuant to § 22.13(b), no less than 40 days before the issuance of an order assessing a civil penalty.

 

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

Douglas W. Frankenthaler (3RC20)

215-814-2472

frankenthaler.douglas@epa.gov

Assistant Regional Counsel
U.S. EPA, Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103

 

Kyle Zieba (3WP42)
215-814-5420
zieba.kyle@epa.gov
NPDES Enforcement Branch U.S. EPA, Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103

 

 

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Public Notice

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ASSESS
ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY
AND

OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19103

Date of Notice: October 7, 2010


Comments will be accepted until: November 6, 2010

 

Need and Description The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3, is hereby giving notice that it has issued an Administrative Complaint to Melvin Petersheim, 260 W. Hernley Road, Manheim, PA 17545 and Moses Petersheim, 320 W. Hernley Road, Manheim, PA 17545 and notice of its intent to assess an administrative penalty of six thousand five hundred dollars ($6,500) under Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g) for the unauthorized discharge of a pollutant to waters of the United States as defined in Section 502 of the Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1362.  Specifically, the Complaint alleges that the Respondents discharged dairy manure and dairy milk house wastes into Waters of the United States under Clean Water Act jurisdiction without obtaining an NPDES permit from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

 

Name of Case:  In the Matter of Melvin Petersheim and Moses Petersheim

Docket Number:  CWA-03-2010-0371

Site of the Violations: Property identified as 320 W. Hernley Road, Manheim, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 17545

 

Respondents:

Melvin Petersheim
260 W. Hernley Road
Manheim, PA 17545

Moses Petersheim
320 W. Hernley Road
Manheim, PA 17545

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:  Section 309(g) of the Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), requires that interested persons be given notice of the proposed penalty and a reasonable opportunity to comment.  Persons wishing to comment on the amount or basis of the proposed   assessment are invited to submit a statement to the EPA Regional Administrator, addressed to the attention of the Regional Hearing Clerk (address below), within thirty (30) days of the date of this public notice.  Comments received within this thirty (30) day period will be considered in the formulation of the final penalty assessment order.  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 3
               1650 Arch Street
               Philadelphia, PA  19103-2029

 

FURTHER INFORMATION: If Respondents request a hearing within thirty (30) days of receiving the Administrative Complaint, those submitting written comments in response to this Notice will be advised of the time and date of the hearing and may appear to present evidence on the appropriateness of the proposed penalty.  The final administrative penalty order will be issued by the close of the thirty-day comment period unless a public hearing is requested.

Should the Respondents not request a hearing, persons who submitted timely comments on the proposed penalty assessment will be given an additional thirty (30) days after issuance of the Final Penalty Assessment Order to petition the Agency to set aside the Final Penalty Assessment Order and to hold a hearing on the penalty assessment.  Such petitions will be granted if the evidence presented by the petitioner is material and was not considered by the Agency in formulation of the Final Penalty Order.

Interested parties may contact the following EPA representatives to learn more about this action:

 

Kyle Zieba (3WP42)

215-814-5420

zieba.kyle@epa.gov
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3
1650 Arch Street 1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103

 

Andrew Duchovnay (3RC20)
215-814-2484
duchovnay.andrew@epa.gov
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3
1650 Arch Street 1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103

 

 

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Public Notice

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

Notice of Proposal to Reissue Final Underground Injection Control Permit to EQT; Opportunity for a Public Hearing; and Request for Public Comment

Written Comments Due By:  October 20, 2010

 

Need and DESCRIPTION: The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3, plans to reissue a final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit, VAS2D907BDIC, under the authority of the Federal UIC regulations at 40 CFR Part 144, Section 144.37, “Continuation of Expiring Permits,” to EQT, Charleston, West Virginia.

On October 17, 1990, the above referenced permit was issued to Equitable Resources Exploration Company to inject produced fluids through a Class IID injection well from a facility located in the Ervinton District, Dickenson County, VA, into the Weir Formation in accordance with the conditions set forth therein.  After required public notification, this permit was reissued to Equitable Production (note name change, same company) on October 24, 2000.  On October 24, 2010, this permit will again expire and EQT (note name change, same company) has requested that EPA renew this permit.  After reviewing EQT’s operating history over the past ten years and determining it to be successful, EPA is taking the appropriate regulatory steps to reissue this permit.  The company will be permitted to continue operating under the conditions of the current permit while EPA takes appropriate steps to reissue this permit.

The Administrative Record for this permitting action is available for public inspection during normal business ours at the office of the Ground Water and Enforcement Branch in the Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection of EPA Region 3, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. The Administrative Record includes the permit reissuance letter and all related correspondence.  All information in the Administrative Record, unless deemed confidential, is available to the public at the above location.  A copy of the permit to be reissued and the Statement of Basis (which is a summary of this permitting action), are available for public inspection at the Dickenson Public Library, Chase Street, Clintwood, Virginia.

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:  EPA solicits public comment on the proposal to reissue this UIC permit for this facility.  A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for October 20, 2010, at 7:00 PM at the Dickenson County Court House, Law Library, Main Street, Clintwood, Virginia.  However, this hearing will be held only if there is a significant degree of interest expressed in the reissuance of this permit and this office receives written requests for a public hearing.  Such written requests must state the nature of the proposed issue to be raised and must be submitted no later than October 13, 2010, to the contact person listed below.  EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest is evidenced.  The Administrative Record for this action will remain open for public comment until October 20, 2010.

 

Further Information: Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit, and the Statement of Basis, by contacting the EPA representative below:

Comments should be sent to:

Stephen Platt
(215) 814-5464
Platt.Stephen@epa.gov
Office of Ground Water and Source Water Protection
Ground Water and Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

 

 

 

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Public Notice

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, REGION 3

OFFICE OF WATER PERMITS AND ENFORCEMENT

1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Federal Facility Compliance Agreement (FFCA) Modification

PUBLIC NOTICE ISSUE DATE: September 22, 2010

 

Written Comments Due By:  October 22, 2010

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 (EPA) proposes to grant a request from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to modify a Federal Facility Compliance Agreement (FFCA).  The FFCA establishes a schedule for compliance with numeric discharge limitations provided in a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the Washington Aqueduct Drinking Water Treatment Plant issued by EPA March 14, 2003 (re-issued October 20, 2008) (NPDES Permit No. DC0000019) and provides conditions for interim discharges.

 

The Washington Aqueduct is located at 5900 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC 20016-2514.  The Washington Aqueduct provides drinking water for the residents of the District of Columbia, Arlington County, Virginia, and the City of Falls Church, Virginia through water sales agreements between the Corps and the District of Columba Water and Sewer Authority, Arlington County Government and the Falls Church City Government.

 

NPDES Permit No. DC0000019 (NPDES permit), among other things, imposes numeric technology-based and water quality-based discharge limitations on the concentration and quantity of total suspended solids (TSS) and aluminum in the discharges from the Washington Aqueduct, and precludes most discharges from the Washington Aqueduct following complete construction of a Residuals Processing Facility or November 30, 2010, whichever is sooner.  When the NPDES permit was issued in March 2003, EPA and the Corps entered into the FFCA.  The FFCA is an expression of EPA’s enforcement discretion, and it establishes a schedule to allow the Washington Aqueduct a reasonable period of time to select and install treatment to comply with its NPDES permit.  Although not required to do so, EPA solicited public comment on the draft FFCA due to significant public interest.  The FFCA deadline for installation of treatment is November 30, 2010.

 

On May 24, 2010, the Washington Aqueduct requested an extension of the final deadline for installation of treatment to comply with the NPDES permit to September 30, 2011.  Although not required to do so, EPA is soliciting public comment on its proposal to grant the Corps’ request to extend the final FFCA deadline to September 30, 2011.

The FFCA and the Washington Aqueduct’s request for an extension can be found at the following web sites:

 

FFCA (PDF) 29pg, 506K About PDF

Extension Request (PDF) 2pg, 45K About PDF

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Persons wishing to comment on EPA’s proposal to grant the Washington Aqueduct’s request for an extension of its FFCA deadline described in this notice are invited to do so in writing until October 22, 2010.  Comments must be received within this public comment period to be considered.  All comments should be written and include the name, address, email address and telephone number of the commenter and a concise statement of the exact basis of any comment and the relevant facts upon which such comments are based. Copies of all documents described herein are on file and may be inspected and arrangements made for copying at the Region 3 Office between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except during Federal Holidays.  They may also be obtained by writing to EPA Region 3 at the address below.

 

Further Information: Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the draft permit, and the Statement of Basis, by contacting the EPA representative below:

Comments should be sent to:

Mr. Andrew F. Seligman
215-814-2097
seligman.andrew@epa.gov

Office of Permits and Enforcement
Water Protection Division
Mail Code 3WP42
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

 

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Public Notice

NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY-- REGION 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Date of Finding of No Significant Impact:  August 6, 2010

Comments Due By:  September 27, 2010

NOTICE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3, has concluded that the following project will not result in significant adverse impact to the natural and human environment.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement has been made.  The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

Official Project Name:
Ligonier Township Municipal Authority
Ligonier Township, PA
EPA Project No. XP 973486-01 

 

Project Applicant:
Glen Kalp, Chairman
Ligonier Township Municipal Authority
100 Municipal Park Drive
Ligonier, PA   15658

 

Property Location:
Ligonier Township
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

NEED AND DESCRIPTION: The Ligonier Township Municipal Authority (Authority) will construct, own and operate the Ligonier East Sanitary Sewer Project in Ligonier Borough and east of the Borough in Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County (see attached map).  The project will include a new pump station, force main (approximately 3,800 linear feet), and a sanitary sewer collection system (approximately 60, 600 linear feet) along the U.S. Route 30/Loyalhanna Creek corridor in Ligonier Township from the Borough of Ligonier to the Village of Laughlintown.  The force main from the pump station, to be constructed at the intersection of State Road 711 and U.S. Route 30, will convey the sewage to the existing treatment plant located just northwest of the Borough that is owned operated by the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County (MAWC).

The project areas are presently served by on-lot systems, the majority of which are malfunctioning and do not meet the present Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) standards; or wildcat sewers that discharge untreated sewage directly into local waterways, roadside ditches, or directly onto the ground.  The soil conditions generally exhibit poor permeability and high seasonal ground water, which are generally not recommended for on lot disposal.  The Loyalhanna Creek and its tributaries (Mill Creek and Fourmile Run) are the affected waterways.

Primary beneficiaries are residential and commercial users located within the service area.  There is no major planned development in the service area.  The total number of units serviced by this project is 265 Equivalent Dwelling Units.

The DEP has reviewed the Act 537 Sewage Facility Plan Special Study for the Ligonier East Planning Area and has determined that the “submission is consistent with the planning requirements given in Chapter 71 of the rules and regulation of the Department.  The Plan provides for construction of collection sewers, interceptors and a new pump station.”

Estimated eligible EPA project costs total $349,819.  The project is being partially funded (55%) with an EPA grant.  The balance of the project cost is being financed with tap-in fees and a combination of a grant from state Safe Water Grant and H2O, private grants and PENNVEST loans.   The current user charge for the Authority customers is $105 per quarter.  The new sewage rate after project completion will be $165 per quarter for all existing and new customers of the Authority.  The median household income for Ligonier Township based on U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census 2000, was $36,817.

The FONSI and supporting environmental documents are on file in the EPA office, located at 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and are available for public review, on request, at the Ligonier Township Municipal Authority office.  Additional copies of the Environmental Assessment will be made available, at cost, upon request.

Comments supporting or disagreeing with this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration to EPA.  After evaluating the comments received, the Agency will make a final decision no sooner than thirty (30) calendar days from the date of this Finding of No Significant Impact.  No administrative action will be taken with respect to this proposal during this time frame.  Comments should be submitted to:

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT.   Title 40 Part 6.400(d) requires EPA to provide sufficient opportunity for public review of a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact before the decision becomes effective.  Written supporting or disagreeing comment to this preliminary decision may be submitted for consideration.

Comments should be sent to:

Suto.Koge@epa.gov
Office of Infrastructure and Assistance (3WP50)
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Koge Suto

Interested parties may contact the above EPA representative to learn more about this action.

 

 

 

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