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Chelsea River Bulk Petroleum Storage Facilities Draft NPDES Permits


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On March 14, 2014, EPA Region 1 (EPA) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) reissued draft 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. EPA also issued an Environmental Justice Analysis in support of the permitting actions. Further information, including copies of the current and draft 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. The draft permits for the seven terminals and their respective NPDES permit numbers are:

Chelsea Sandwich Terminal (Chelsea) (PDF) (116 pp, 2.2 MB) (MA0003280)
Gulf Oil Terminal (Chelsea) (PDF) (113 pp, 2.6 MB) (MA0001091)
Global REVCO Terminal (Revere) (PDF) (122 pp, 2.3 MB) (MA0003298)
Global Petroleum Terminal (Revere) (PDF) (127 pp, 2.3 MB) (MA0003425)
Global South Terminal (Revere) (PDF) (111 pp, 2.2 MB) (MA0000825)
Irving Oil Terminal (Revere) (PDF) (112 pp, 2.4 MB) (MA0001929)
Sunoco Logistics Terminal (East Boston) (PDF) (130 pp, 3.1 MB) (MA0004006)

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:
Coastal Oil Terminal (Chelsea) (MA0004375)

Click for larger image of fuel terminal flow diagram.

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

Public Notice

EPA will accept 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 will hold a public meeting and hearing in Chelsea, Massachusetts:

Date: April 17, 2014
Location: Chelsea City Hall, City Council Chambers Room
500 Broadway, Chelsea, Massachusetts
Time: Public Information Meeting: 6:30 – 7:00 PM
Public Hearing: 7:15 PM

EPA and MassDEP will accept oral comments at the public hearing regarding the draft permits. EPA responds to significant comments received during the public notice period in writing.

Written comments should note the draft permit and/or the Environmental Justice Analysis to which the comments apply, and should be sent by mail or email to:

Shauna Little
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: OEP06-1
Boston, MA 02109-3912



Environmental Justice Analysis

As noted above, EPA issued an Environmental Justice Analysis on March 14, 2014. EPA will accept written comments regarding the Environmental Justice Analysis from interested persons during the public notice period from March 14, 2014 to May 12, 2014, and oral comments at the public hearing, April 17, 2014. The Environmental Justice Analysis is provided below:

Environmental Justice Analysis in Support of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits for the Chelsea River Bulk Petroleum Storage Facilities (PDF) (34 pp, 1.5 MB)

Análisis de justicia ambiental en apoyo de los permisos del Sistema Nacional de Eliminación de Descargas de Contaminantes para las instalaciones de almacenamiento de petróleo a granel del río Chelsea (PDF) (36 pp, 1.1 MB)

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.

Current Permit Documents

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

Current Permits:  
Chelsea Sandwich Terminal (MA0003280)
Gulf Oil Terminal (MA0001091)
Global REVCO Terminal (MA0003298)
Global Petroleum Terminal (MA0003425)
Global South Terminal (MA0000825)
Irving Oil Terminal (MA0001929)
Sunoco Logistics Terminal (PDF) (16 pp, 81 K) (MA0004006)

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 the current 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 current permits are provided below.

2005-2006 Documents:
Chelsea Creek Fuel Terminals Responses to Comments (PDF) (21 pp, 97 K)
April 2005 Public Meeting Presentation (PDF) (27 pp, 1.4 MB)
Chelsea Creek Fuel Terminals Summary Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 457 K)
Chelsea Creek Fuel Terminals Public Notice (PDF) (4 pp, 190 K)


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