U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC NOTICE OF UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PROGRAM PERMIT ACTION
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting public comment by August 20, 2018 on an Underground Injection Control (UIC) draft area permit for the Meridian Metropolitan District Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) project located in Douglas County, Colorado, under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act and UIC program regulations.
The EPA is proposing to issue a draft UIC Class V area permit for implementing ASR using the Denver and Arapahoe Aquifers in the Meridian Metropolitan utility service area located in the south Denver area. Two wells are proposed to inject treated drinking water for storage in these aquifers during periods of low demand, then recover and supply drinking water from these Aquifers to Douglas County residences during periods of high demand.
The EPA has proposed protective permit requirements in the draft Class V permit. These include: 1) pilot cycle testing of the injected and subsequently recovered water; 2) monitoring the quality of the Denver and Arapahoe Aquifers during ASR operations; 3) bench scale water chemistry testing for nitrosamines; and 4) testing any new sources of water proposed for injection after ASR operations commence.
EPA is seeking public comment and will be holding a public hearing and information session on its proposed decision. All external stakeholders will have until August 20, 2018, to comment on the draft permit in accordance with UIC program regulations.
Written comments must be received by midnight Mountain Time on August 20, 2018.
Public Hearing and Information Session Information: The public may ask questions about EPA’s proposed action during a one-hour information session. A hearing will follow for the public to provide written and/or verbal comments on the EPA’s draft UIC Class V permit. The EPA will hold these events in Denver, Colorado at the address, time, and date listed below:
Monday, August 13, 2018 from 1 pm to 9 pm (with a public information session from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm and a break from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
RSVP for Public Hearing: All interested attendees are encouraged to RSVP for the hearing at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/epa-hearing-for-meridian-metropolitan-water-district-draft-permit-tickets-47713008894. All interested parties are encouraged to attend the hearings even if you choose not to complete the RSVP process.
Information Available for Review: All information submitted by the applicant and generated by the EPA during permit application review is available for public review as part of the administrative record (Click on the links below to view the available documents). Available documents include the permit application, draft permit, fact sheet and other supporting documents. For access to view a paper version of the administrative record at the EPA Region 8 office located at 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, Colorado, please contact Craig Boomgaard at the phone number or email address listed on the right side of this page.
Special EPA Region 8 Building Considerations: All visitors to the Region 8 office must show a picture ID such as a current driver’s license and walk through a metal detector. Visitors must also register at the guard desk in the lobby before proceeding to the 2nd Floor Conference Center. The administrative record will be available for public review as of July 13, 2018. The EPA Region 8 building does not have free parking available.