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Prince George’s County, Maryland

Cattail Branch Submerged Gravel Wetlands Projects 1 and 2

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: November 24, 2014

Comments will be accepted until: December 24,2014


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:

Prince George’s County, Maryland
For the Cattail Branch Submerged Gravel Wetlands Projects 1 and 2

Project Location:
Dr. Mow-Soung Chen, Special Assistant
Prince George’s County
9400 Peppercorn Place, Suite 500
Largo, Maryland 20774


NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

Prince George’s County, Maryland, proposes to replace two stormwater outfall channels with two submerged gravel wetlands.

The two project sites are located along Cattail Branch, a tributary to Lower Beaverdam Creek in the Anacostia River watershed. The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) owns and maintains a 75 foot wide land parcel between Cattail Branch and adjacent residences where the projects will be located. These projects are proposed to be an excavated condition in the overbank area within the 100 year floodplain limits of Cattail Branch. This land is publicly owned, partially wooded, and this open space parcel is mown and maintained by the MNCPPC. No development is planned for this parcel or feasible due to its location within the 100-year floodplain. The land is not considered prime agricultural land and is not used as a park setting.

The project is part of the Prince George’s County Watershed Implementation Plan Phase II for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. The Lower Beaverdam sub-watershed has elevated levels of nutrients, total suspended solids, metals and bacteria. The water quality Best Management Practice facilities, submerged gravel wetlands, will treat 61 percent of 35.17 acres of drainage area containing approximately 11.5 acres of impervious surface. The proposed project will provide water quality treatment that is estimated to remove 102 lbs/year of nitrogen, 18 lbs/year of phosphorous and over 4.1 tons/year of total suspended solids.

The estimated EPA eligible cost of the proposed project is $436,364. EPA grant funds of $240,000 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 the land parcel maintained by the MNCPPC, an area that has been disturbed by the previous outfall construction activities, and it will conform to Maryland’s Erosion and Sedimentation Policy.

The proposed project will replace two stormwater outfall channels. The project will improve the water quality of the stormwater from the affected drainage area by removing nutrients and suspended solids from the 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:

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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CITY OF NORFOLK, VIRGINIA

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

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

Date of Notice: October 30, 2014

Comment Period: Forty (40) days from date of publication: 10/30/2014 - 12/09/2014

Docket No.: CWA-03-2012-0167

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"), which commences and concludes an administrative action for violations of Section 301 of the Clean Water Act, against the City of Norfolk, Virginia. The CAFO proposes to assess an administrative penalty of $7,500 in addition to the City’s commitment to implement a Supplemental Environmental Project valued at $90,000. EPA is authorized to enter into CAFOs and to assess administrative penalties under Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. Section 1319(g). The following further identifies the case and should be included in any written comments submitted:

NAME OF CASE:
City of Norfolk, Virginia
810 Union Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

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

Andy Dinsmore
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency--Region III (3WP42)
U.S. EPA, Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2788
dinsmore.andrew @epa.gov

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

UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL (UIC) PROGRAM

Notice of Final Permit for Windfall Oil and Gas


The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, announced on October 31, 2014, the issuance of a final permit under the authority of the federal UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 145, 146 and 147 to Windfall Oil and Gas of Falls Creek, Pennsylvania. This permit authorizes the construction and operation of a UIC Class II-D commercial brine disposal injection well, the Zelman #1, located in Brady Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

EPA Region III first issued a final permit for this well on February 14, 2014, after holding a public hearing on this proposed permit on December 10, 2012, at the Brady Township Community Center in Luthersburg, PA, and receiving written comments on the permit during two comment periods. After Region III issued the permit, several petitioners appealed the permit to the EPA Environmental Appeals Board (EAB). At the request of Region III, the EAB remanded the permit to the Region on June 10, 2014. Following the remand, the EPA Region III evaluated oral testimony presented at the hearing as well as written comments received during the public comment period. Because this evaluation did not reveal substantial new questions which were not already subject to public comment during the two comment periods, the Region did not announce a third comment period for the draft permit.

After reviewing and evaluating the public comments anew, EPA Region III is issuing the same final permit to Windfall Oil and Gas as the permit issued on February 2014, with one change from the draft permit that imposes additional requirements for well casing and cementing, as specified in Part III, A.2 of the permit. EPA Region III also explains with more details, in the response to comments document, why it believes that this permit complies with the requirements of the UIC program and is protective of the area’s underground sources of drinking water. Copies of the final permit and EPA Region III’s response to comments document are available for review:

Windfall Final Permit (PDF) (14pp, 2.42MB)

Windfall Oil and Gas Response to Summary Comments(PDF) (26pp, 6.84MB)

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

iIndividuals interested in further information regarding this permit decision may contact Steve 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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U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, REGION 3
Water Protection Division, Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103


Bear Lake Properties Permit #PAS2D217BWAR

Public Comments will be accepted until October 31, 2014


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


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


opportunity for comment: EPA requests public comment on its findings that the proposed injection activity in the draft permit is unlikely to pose a risk to underground sources of drinking water.  Please mail public comments on the draft UIC permit to the EPA address listed above to the attention of Brian Poe, or e-mail comments to poe.brian@epa.gov, by Friday October 31, 2014.  A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for October 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Bear Lakes Volunteer Fire Department located at 315 Center Street, Bear Lake, PA 16402.  Requests to hold a public hearing must be received by EPA in the office listed above by October 21, 2014.  When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues you propose to raise.  EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest, specific to the proposed underground injection permit, is evidenced by the above date.

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


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

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

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

 

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FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND

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

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

Comments will be accepted until October 28, 2014


Date of Notice: September 16, 2014

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

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

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


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

NAME OF CASE:

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


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

All comments should be addressed to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Public Comments will be accepted until October 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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PUBLIC SOLICITATION OF WATER QUALITY INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information provided should conform to the following considerations:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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