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Chelsea River Bulk Petroleum Storage Facilities NPDES Permits

Background

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On September 24, 2014, EPA Region 1 (EPA) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) reissued final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for seven bulk petroleum storage facilities located along Chelsea River in Chelsea, Revere and East Boston, Massachusetts to meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act. These permits become effective December 1, 2014, pending appeal, and will replace those issued in 2005-2006. EPA also issued a Response to Comments for the seven permits and Environmental Justice Analysis prepared in support of the permitting actions. Further information, including copies of the current, draft and final permits and key supporting documentation, is available on this web site using the links below. Documents may be downloaded and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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The permits seek to address potential adverse impacts to aquatic life, aesthetics, and recreation due to the discharge of stormwater and non-stormwater from these facilities. The permits limit the extent to which petroleum products (e.g., gasoline, ethanol, diesel, kerosene, and fuel oil) or pollutants found in these products come in contact with stormwater during: 1) the unloading or offloading of product at the marine vessel dock; 2) the transfer and storage of product into the bulk storage tanks located within the tank farm; and 3) the off-site distribution of product at the truck loading rack. All of the facilities discharge into Chelsea Creek. In addition, the Global REVCO Terminal also discharges to a tributary leading to Sales Creek. Several facilities (i.e., Chelsea Sandwich, Sunoco Logistics, and Global Petroleum) also have active groundwater remediation systems whose discharges have been incorporated into their current permits.

Individuals with further questions concerning the permits may contact: Shauna Little, Industrial NPDES Permits at (617) 918-1989 or little.shauna@epa.gov

Final Permits

The final permits, response to comments and supporting documentation for the seven terminals, listed by their respective NPDES permit numbers, are available as follows:

Draft Permits

On March 14, 2014, EPA and MassDEP issued draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for the seven bulk petroleum storage facilities located along Chelsea River for a 60-day public comment period. EPA also issued an Environmental Justice Analysis in support of the permitting actions. The draft permits for the seven terminals, listed by their respective NPDES permit numbers, are available as follows:

Note: EPA made corrections to Draft Permit MA0004006 for the Total Suspended Solids limit at Outfall 001 (Part I.A.1., page 2) and Monitoring and Reporting requirements (Part I.E., page 24-26). These changes have been made to correct errors in the transcription of limits and requirements established and explained in the Fact Sheet (Section 7.2.2 Total Suspended Solids, pages 14-15 and Section 11. Monitoring, pages 40-41).

Also, EPA terminated the following NPDES permit, issued in 2005 with the majority of permits above:

Public Notice

EPA accepted public comments on the draft permits during the public notice period from March 14, 2014 to May 12, 2014. During this public notice period, EPA also held a public meeting and hearing on April 17, 2014 in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

EPA and MassDEP received comments at the public hearing regarding the draft permits as well as comments in writing. EPA responded to significant comments received during the public notice period in the Response to Comments included with each final permit, available above.

Environmental Justice Analysis

As noted above, EPA issued an Environmental Justice Analysis on March 14, 2014. EPA also received comments at the public hearing regarding the Environmental Justice Analysis as well as comments in writing. EPA responded to significant comments received during the public notice period in the Response to Comments included with each final permit, available above. The Environmental Justice Analysis is provided below:

Individuals with further questions concerning the Environmental Justice Analysis may contact: Sharon Wells, Office of Civil Rights and Urban Affairs at (617) 918-1007 or wells.sharon@epa.gov.

2005-2006 Permit Documents

The 2005-2006 permits were jointly issued by EPA and the MADEP in 2005 and 2006. The permits are available at the links provided below:

Permits:

A joint public information meeting and public hearing was held in Chelsea, Massachusetts on April 27, 2005 for six of the current permits listed above and the permit terminated for Coastal Oil. EPA prepared a response to comments based on comments received during the public notice period and at the public hearing for these permits. Summaries of the comments and EPA's responses to comments, listed in the document "Chelsea Creek Fuel Terminals Responses to Comments," and additional materials related to the 2005-2006 permits are provided below.

2005-2006 Documents:

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