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Fairfax, 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 (3WP41)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until May 26, 2014


Date of Notice: April 14, 2014

Comment Period: Forty (40) days from date of publication: 4/14/2014 - 5/26/2014

EPA Docket No.: CWA-03-2014-0006

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 CAFO DD signed George Mason (2)(PDF) (12 pp, 7.91MB) (jointly "CAFO"), which commences and concludes an administrative action for violations of Section 301 of the Clean Water Act, against George Mason University of Fairfax, Virginia. The CAFO proposes to assess an administrative penalty of $12,000. 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:
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

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.


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.

Kaitlyn Bendik
U.S. EPA, Region III (3WP41)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-2709
bendik.kaitlyn@epa.gov

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Opportunity of public comment on the issuance of an
Administrative Complaint against FC Haab Company Incorporated

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III
Hazardous Site Clean Up Division
Oil & Prevention Branch (3HS61)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until May 24, 2014


Date of Notice: April 14, 2014

Docket No.CWA-03-2014-0091

NOTICE: EPA Region III today offers for public comment the issuance of an Administrative Complaint against FC Haab Company Incorporated (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 1701 Schuylkill Avenue, Philadelphia, PA (the “Facility”). The public comment period will be open from April 14 to May 24, 2014. 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) (PDF) (10 pp, 5.18MB) Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) assessing an administrative civil penalty against the Respondent named below, for alleged violations at the facilities listed below.


SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS:EPA is alleging a violation at the Schuylkill Terminal 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. A Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC)/Facility Response Plan (FRP) Inspection was conducted on February 7, 2013. During the inspection, the Operations Manager was unable to provide personnel training records or documentation of implementation of the drill and exercise program pursuant to Respondent’s Facility Response Plan (“FRP”). The FRP requires facility drills and exercises to be conducted annually or semi-annually and documentation of Facility Personnel and the Spill Management Team drills to be kept on file for 3 years. The proposed penalty for this violation is $56,000.00.


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


AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION: Information relevant to the proposed penalty assessment may be requested through the Regional Hearing Clerk identified above.


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.


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

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

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


USC Saltville Brine, LLC, Saltville, Virginia

Public Comments will be accepted until May 14, 2014


notice: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit VAS3G931BSMY for USC Saltville Brine, LLC (USC) 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 seven (7) Class III G injection wells and the addition of ten (10) Class III G wells for a total of seventeen (17) Class III G wells used for the solution mining of salt.


description: In order to conduct salt solution mining, a permit is required to meet the provisions of the EPA administered UIC Program in Virginia. This permit Texas BrineVAS3931BMY(majrmod2012(PDF)(14pp, 69.08KB) and Texas Brine Statement of Basis 2012(PDF)(4pp, 31.04KB) was originally issued to Virginia Gas Company in April, 1996. Throughout the history of the facility’s operation the permit has been transferred several times to successive operators; the current operator is USC Saltville Brine, LLC (USC). Three of the currently permitted injection wells have been successfully operated under this permit since 1996; the scope of the permit was expanded to six Class IIG wells in 2004, and to seven wells in 2011. This major permit modification is for the addition of ten (10) Class III G wells in order to further expand salt production.


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
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 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:

Saltville Public Library
111 Palmer Avenue
Saltville, VA 24370

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, May 14, 2014, at 7:00 PM at:

Saltville Town Hall
217 Palmer Avenue
Saltville, VA 24370

Requests to hold this hearing must be received in the office listed below by May 5, 2014. 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 James Bennett at the address and phone number listed below.


U.S. EPA Region III
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-814-5469
bennett.james@epa.gov

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Carroll 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

Comments will be accepted until May 19, 2014


Date of Notice: April 7, 2014

NPDES Permit No.: MD0068331

Docket No.CWA-03-2014-0081


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) (PDF) (10 pp, 5.18MB) 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:

Carroll County
225 North Center Street
Westminster, MD 21157

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). The CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) fully map its MS4 system: (2) insure proper erosion and sediment controls at construction sites; (3) implement its illicit discharge detection and elimination program fully; and (4) develop stormwater pollution prevention plans for all its permitted facilities. 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 an NPDES inspection of Carroll County’s MS4 program in April 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 $40,000.00 penalty. The CAFO both commences and concludes these proceedings. As a result of EPA’s enforcement action, Carroll County has made several enhancements to its MS4 program.


OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: : Persons wishing to comment on the amount of the penalty or legal or factual basis for 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 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 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

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UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

REGION III

1650 Arch Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19103-2029

 

 

Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program

Notice of Final Permit for Pennsylvania General Energy, LLC

 

           

The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III announced on March 19,   2014, the issuance of a final permit under the authority of the federal UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146 and 147 to Pennsylvania General Energy, LLC (PGE).  This permit authorizes  the construction and operation of a UIC Class II-D (brine disposal) injection well, located in Grant Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

 

            EPA Region III public noticed the draft permit and statement of basis for this permit application on September 18, 2013, and held a public hearing on October 28, 2013, at the Grant Township Municipal Building located in Marion Center, PA.  EPA Region III evaluated oral testimony presented at the hearing as well as written comments received during the public comment period.  Based on all of the public comments received, EPA is issuing a final permit to PGE.  The final permit has an added provision in Part II, Section B.2 which requires the automatic shut down of injection in the event that the well incurs a mechanical integrity failure.

 

            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.  Copies of the final permit and EPA Region III’s responsiveness summary to public comments are available for review at the following EPA Region III websites:

 

http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/pdf/public_notices/PennsylvaniaGeneralEnergyResponsivenessSummary.pdf

 

http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/pdf/public_notices/PennsylvaniaGeneralEnergyFinalPermit.pdf

 

 

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

 

            Individuals interested in further information regarding this permit decision may contact Stephen Platt by email at platt.steve@epa.gov, by telephone at 215-814-5464, or through regular mail at the above address.

 

 

 

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District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

Filtrate Treatment Facility

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: March 11, 2014

Comments will be accepted until: April 11, 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:

Large Diameter Internal Joint Repair: Contract No. 3
Filtrate Treatment Facility
Project FS-993821-03

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


NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

The main purpose of the proposed project is to install internal joint seals in approximately 15,340 linear feet of large diameter water mains to prevent excessive leakage and possible contamination from the surrounding soil. The scope of work additionally includes the replacement of five large control valves and six fire hydrants in the immediate area.

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority’s (DC WASA aka “DC Water”) provides drinking water throughout Washington, DC. Water is first taken from the Potomac River and is treated at two water treatment plants that are operated by the Army Corps of Engineers Washington Aqueduct Division. The Army Corps of Engineers Washington Aqueduct Division operates one pumping station and three reservoirs within the system. The remainder of the system is operated by DC Water and consists of four pumping stations, five reservoirs, three elevated storage tanks and approximately 1,300 miles of distribution piping.

Because of aging infrastructure and other causes, those distribution or transmission mains often exhibit excessive leaks at their joints. These leaks create unscheduled maintenance, water quality issues, and disruption of water services. Water mains that exhibit leakage have been detected using acoustic detection technology. DC Water has a comprehensive and systematic program to repair 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.

The selected water mains for joint sealing or replacement in this contract are:
• 7500 linear feet of 24-inch water main along Alabama Ave., SE, 15th Pl., SE, and Stanton Road. SE;
• 2200 linear feet of 30-inch water main along Rhode Island Avenue., NE;
• 5600 linear feet of 36-inch water main along M Street., NW.

Joint seal installation requires excavation of access pits at intervals that will allow a person to enter the selected line. Working from inside the pipe, rubber and steel gaskets are placed at the defective joints to cover and seal any cracks or openings and thus stop the leak. In some instances where the pipe has significantly deteriorated, portions of the pipe will be excavated and replaced

In addition to the joint seal work, five large distribution valves were found to be inoperable or defective in the work area and will be replaced. Valves are used to isolate smaller sections of water mains for maintenance and repairs and are part of DC Water’s ongoing maintenance program. Replacement of these values will restore the reliably and integrity of this area’s distribution system. Likewise, three defective fire hydrants in the work area will be replaced and three new ones will be installed.

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 $5,661,000, making it eligible for a Federal grant of 80%, or $4,448,800. 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, 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.

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 may be disrupted temporarily during construction. The public in the affected areas will be notified in advance by newspaper and radio announcements, door hangers, and other signage. Traffic disruptions and possible short term road closures may occur in the work areas. These will be temporary and traffic control personnel 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:

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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District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

Filtrate Treatment Facility

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: February 25, 2014

Comments will be accepted until: March 25, 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:

Project C-110027-50
Filtrate Treatment Facility
Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant

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. See Figure 1 in “Attachments”. 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.

This grant project involves the construction of a new side stream Filtrate Treatment Facility (FTF) at Blue Plains. The purpose of this facility is to reduce the ammonia and carbon in the filtrate or recycle stream from the dewatering process before it goes back into the main wastewater treatment process. Direct discharge of the ammonia-laden dewatering recycle into the mainstream wastewater treatment process would increase the cost and decrease the effectiveness of nitrogen removal in the mainstream.

The goal of the project is to reduce ammonia concentration more reliably and cost-effectively without any impact on the current nitrogen removal process. See Figure 2 in “Attachments” for location of the work area in Blue Plains.

The scope of work for the proposed facility includes:

• A new Filtrate Treatment Facility to include a large filtrate feed tank and six reactors equipped with mechanical mixers, air diffusers, air blowers, decanters, pumps, and hydrocyclones.
• A new Electrical Building to include electrical equipment (i.e. motor control centers, unit substations and lighting and power panels and auxiliary transformers) necessary to supply power to the Filtrate Treatment Facility and Phosphorus Building.
• A new Phosphorus Building to include two phosphoric acid storage tanks and chemical feed pumps.
• All associated piping and electrical modifications within existing tunnels and galleries.
• Excavation and site work.

Currently, the dewatered filtrate is pumped to the Waste Liquor Return Channel, which conveys recycle streams from the Solids Processing Building to the West Secondary Activated Sludge Process which must treat both the dewatered filtrate and the nitrogen load in the plant’s mainstream. In West Secondary Activated Sludge Process, biodegradable organic carbon in the filtrate is oxidized to carbon dioxide and water, resulting in the production of biomass (“sludge”). The filtrate ammonia load is oxidized to nitrate using large amounts of aeration and energy in the Second Stage Nitrification Reactors. The nitrate is further reduced to gaseous nitrogen in the Tertiary Denitrification Process through the addition of methanol. At times, caustic soda is added to ensure complete nitrification and to adjust the plant’s effluent pH levels to comply with its permit limits. All secondary treatment effluent is treated in the Enhanced Nitrogen Removal (ENR) Facilities, which reduces the nitrogen concentration in the wastewater flow.

The purpose of the Filtrate Treatment Facility is to reduce the highly concentrated ammonia load from the final dewatering facility recycle before it is delivered into the mainstream process. Discharging the ammonia-laden recycle stream directly into the mainstream Enhanced Nitrogen Removal Process would require additional methanol for denitrification and increased aeration for oxygen demand in the recycle stream. The facility will enable consistency and reliability of the downstream processes for meeting discharge limits specified in its NPDES permit. The Filtrate Treatment Facility will contribute to continuing high quality effluent discharge from Blue Plains into the Potomac River.

Three filtrate treatment alternatives were evaluated:
• Treatment of Filtrate in the Mainstream Treatment Plant. (Current situation).
• Pretreatment of Filtrate in a Physical/Chemical Process followed by Final Treatment in the Mainstream Treatment Plant.
• Pretreatment of Filtrate in a Deammonification Process followed by Final Treatment in the Mainstream Treatment Plant. (The selected alternative).

Based on a number of factors, a separate filtrate pretreatment facility was selected to minimize the impact of the filtrate ammonia load on the performance of the mainstream plant. Furthermore, the alternatives analysis revealed that a biological deammonification process was the most cost-effective means for filtrate pretreatment. A new biological process called DEMON® (from the word DEamMONification) will be constructed to treat and remove ammonia nitrogen from the filtrate prior to its recycle to the mainstream treatment process. DEMON® utilizes a series of sequencing batch reactors and varying aeration levels to create the necessary aerobic and non-aerobic conditions for specific microbes to metabolize ammonia nitrogen and convert it into harmless gaseous nitrogen.

The uniqueness of this new process depends on a highly specialized microbe belonging to the bacterial phylum Planctomycetses. This microbe has the ability to remove nitrogen without the addition of chemicals (i.e. methanol) and the significant power requirements that are normally associated with the removal of nitrogen. The metabolic and chemical pathways for the more conventional Nitrification-Denitrification Process being used in the plant’s mainstream and Deammonification Process for this waste stream are contrasted in See Figure 3 in “Attachments”.

A conventional Nitrification-Denitrification Process requires significant amounts of aeration to fully convert the ammonia to nitrate and the addition of methanol to change the nitrate into nitrite and finally gaseous nitrogen. DEMON® utilizes another method. In the first step of the deammonification process, approximately half of the filtrate ammonia is oxidized under aerobic conditions to nitrite. The operating conditions in the process prevent further aerobic oxidation of nitrite to nitrate. In the second reaction, nitrite and much of the remaining ammonia are converted under oxygen-free conditions to gaseous nitrogen and nitrate in a process called Anaerobic Ammonium Oxidation (Anammox). The DEMON® process is anticipated to remove approximately 90% of the ammonia and 90% of the total inorganic nitrogen from the pretreated filtrate. The pretreated filtrate then goes to the plant’s mainstream where the residual ammonia load is nitrified and denitrified with methanol.

The operational cost savings in implementing DEMON® for filtrate treatment at Blue Plains are substantial. This savings is attributable to reductions in the usage of supplemental organic carbon source (e.g. methanol), sodium hydroxide, electrical power mainly for aeration, and sludge hauling.

The proposed project was included in DC Water’s Capital Improvement Program and was also listed on the DC Department of the Environment’s (DDOE) FY 2013 – 2014 Clean Water Project Priority List. Advertized public hearings were held by DDOE on the project priority list on August 13, 2013. All projects were described including this one. The proposed priority list was posted on the internet by DDOE and DC Water. No adverse public comments were expressed at these hearings or during the comment periods provided on this project.

The project’s construction is estimated to be $49,049,774. 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 $20,213,411 of the total cost based upon its flow and the Inter-Municipal Agreement of 1985. EPA has determined that DC Water is eligible to receive a 55% grant or $11,117,377 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:

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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AMERIKOHL MINING, INC., BUTLER, PA

NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE 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 until April 7, 2014


Date of Notice:: February 26, 2014


NPDES Permit No.:PA0251208, PA0251542, PA0249025, PA0258865, PA0262421, PA0242314, PA0258946, PA235253, PA02580172, PA0262978, PA0263150, PA0258083, PA0250635, PA0256668, PA0251448, PA0249858, PA0258563, PA0258270, PA0251747, PA0258245, PA0201618 and PA0251445


Docket No.CWA-03-2014-0017

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 issue a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) (PDF) (12 pp, 873.10KB) involving the Respondent named below, for alleged violations at the facilities listed below.

RESPONDENT:

Amerikohl Mining, Inc.
202 Sunset Drive
Butler, PA 16001

Mines:

Alexander, Best, Ernest #3, Lopiniski, Bittner Surface, Boots, Delp, Ernest #5, Ferraro, Germany, North American, Penn Lakes, Ridec Surface, Robertson, Semmler, Szynal, Taylor, Thomas, Watson Surface, Zacherl, Zelmore Strip and Zielonka Surface


SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS: Respondent violated the terms of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits at 22 mines in Pennsylvania. The CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) meet all its NPDES effluent limits for Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Aluminum (Al), Suspended Solids or pH. 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 compliance investigation, which included a CWA Section 308 Information Request.

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 $140,000 penalty. As a result of EPA’s enforcement action, Amerikohl Mining has amended their standard operating procedures and best management practices and, among other things, sediment ponds will be built to accommodate a greater amount of surface runoff and valves will be placed in all pond effluent points to insure that discharges can be better controlled.

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

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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 February 14, 2014, the issuance of a final permit under the authority of the federal UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146 and 147 to Windfall Oil and Gas. This permit authorizes the construction and operation of a UIC Class II-D (brine disposal) injection well, located in Brady Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

EPA Region III originally public noticed the draft permit on November 7, 2012, and held a public hearing on December 10, 2012, at the Brady Township Community Center located in Luthersburg, PA. EPA Region III evaluated oral testimony presented at the hearing as well as written comments received during the public comment period. An additional public notice was conducted on August 11, 2013, to specifically address seismicity issues raised during the original public comment period. Additional comments were received. Based on all of the public comments received, EPA is issuing a final permit to Windfall Oil and Gas. The final permit has an added provision in Part II, Section C.2 which requires the automatic shut down of injection in the event that the well incurs a mechanical integrity failure.

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. Copies of the final permit and EPA Region III’s response to summary comments are available for review:

Windfall Oil and Gas Response to Summary Comments (PDF)(17pp, 266.86KB)

Windfall Fall Final Permit (PDF) (16pp, 18.49MB)

The response to summary comments 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 Roger Reinhart by email platt.steve@epa.gov ,or 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

UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL (UIC) PROGRAM

Notice of Final Permit for Seneca Resources Corporation


The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III announced on January 28, 2014, the issuance of a final permit under the authority of the federal UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146 and 147 to Seneca Resources Corporation. This permit authorizes the construction and operation of one UIC Class II-D brine disposal injection well, located in Highland Township, Elk County, Pennsylvania.

EPA Region III originally public noticed the draft permit on November 7, 2012, and held a public hearing on December 11, 2012, at the Highland Township Fire Hall located in James City, PA. EPA Region III evaluated oral testimony presented at the hearing as well as written comments received during the public comment period. An additional public notice was conducted on August 11, 2012, to specifically address seismicity issues raised during the original public comment period. Additional comments were received. Based on all of the public comments received, EPA is issuing a final permit to Seneca Resources Corporation. The final permit has added a provision which requires the automatic shut down of injection in the event that the well incurs a mechanical integrity failure.

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. Copies of the final permit and EPA Region III’s response to summary comments are available for review:

Seneca Final Permit (PDF) (13pp, 2.35MB)

Seneca Responsivness Summary (PDF) (14pp, 9.37MB)

The response to summary comments 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 Roger Reinhart by email reinhart.roger@epa.gov , or by telephone at 215-814-5462, 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

Cranberry Townshhip, Venango County, PA

Stonehaven Energy Management LLC

UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL (UIC) PROGRAM

NOTICE OF FINAL PERMIT

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, issued a final permit to Stonehaven Energy Management, LLC, on October 24, 2013, under the authority of the federal UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 145, 146 and 147. This permit authorizes the construction and operation of one UIC Class II-D brine disposal injection well, the Latshaw #9, at the Stonehaven Energy Management disposal facility, located at the Tippery Field in Cranberry Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania.

EPA Region III held a public hearing on this proposed permit on June 12, 2012, at the Seneca Volunteer Fire Department Community Center in Seneca, Pennsylvania. Region III evaluated oral testimony presented at the hearing, as well as written comments received during the public comment period, and initially issued the permit as final on September 24, 2012. After the permit was issued, a petition for appeal was filed with EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB). On March 28, 2013, the EAB remanded the permit to EPA Region III. The remand indicated that, in issuing a final permit, the Region must address, based on evidence on the record, earthquake risk and the existence of faults or fractures in the confining zone. In particular, the EAB found that the Region did not identify in the record the basis for its conclusions that there is no evidence of seismic activity in the well area and that there are no transmissive faults that intersect or could be influenced by the intended zone of injection.

Pursuant to the EAB remand, the Region documented the evidence that supports its conclusions regarding the lack of evidence of seismic activity and that there are no faults that intersect or could be influenced by the intended injection zone. The Region developed a Supplemental Statement of Basis which addresses the issues raised in the remand, and cites the evidence supporting its conclusions. On July 11, 2013, the Region issued the Supplemental Statement of Basis and a public notice to reopen the public comment period limited to the specific issues from the EAB remand mentioned above. It also provided the Supplemental Statement of Basis EPA Region III Responsiveness Summary to Public Comment on New Information (PDF)(4pp, 73.91KB)to all individuals who submitted oral and written comments regarding this permitting action and posted this information on EPA Region III’s web site. The 60-day public comment period closed September 11, 2013. EPA received comments from one commenter in this supplemental public comment period. EPA did not receive any new information from the public to indicate that the proposed project would be a cause for seismicity in the area nor did it receive any information which indicated that any transmissive faults exist within the intended zone of injection.

The administrative record for this permitting action remains available for public review during normal business hours at the EPA Region III Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection, Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 124.19(f), the issuance of this permit completes the remand procedures and constitutes final agency action for the purposes of judicial review.

Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the permit by contacting Stephen Platt platt.stephen@epa.gov UIC Section (3WP22), Ground Water and Enforcement Branch, U. S. EPA, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, or by phone at (215) 814-5464.


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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

Cranberry Townshhip, Venango County, PA

Stonehaven Energy Management LLC

UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL (UIC) PROGRAM

NOTICE OF FINAL PERMIT

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, issued a final permit to Stonehaven Energy Management, LLC, on October 24, 2013, under the authority of the federal UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 145, 146 and 147. This permit authorizes the construction and operation of one UIC Class II-D brine disposal injection well, the Latshaw #9, at the Stonehaven Energy Management disposal facility, located at the Tippery Field in Cranberry Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania.

EPA Region III held a public hearing on this proposed permit on June 12, 2012, at the Seneca Volunteer Fire Department Community Center in Seneca, Pennsylvania. Region III evaluated oral testimony presented at the hearing, as well as written comments received during the public comment period, and initially issued the permit as final on September 24, 2012. After the permit was issued, a petition for appeal was filed with EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB). On March 28, 2013, the EAB remanded the permit to EPA Region III. The remand indicated that, in issuing a final permit, the Region must address, based on evidence on the record, earthquake risk and the existence of faults or fractures in the confining zone. In particular, the EAB found that the Region did not identify in the record the basis for its conclusions that there is no evidence of seismic activity in the well area and that there are no transmissive faults that intersect or could be influenced by the intended zone of injection.

Pursuant to the EAB remand, the Region documented the evidence that supports its conclusions regarding the lack of evidence of seismic activity and that there are no faults that intersect or could be influenced by the intended injection zone. The Region developed a Supplemental Statement of Basis which addresses the issues raised in the remand, and cites the evidence supporting its conclusions. On July 11, 2013, the Region issued the Supplemental Statement of Basis and a public notice to reopen the public comment period limited to the specific issues from the EAB remand mentioned above. It also provided the Supplemental Statement of Basis EPA Region III Responsiveness Summary to Public Comment on New Information (PDF)(4pp, 73.91KB)to all individuals who submitted oral and written comments regarding this permitting action and posted this information on EPA Region III’s web site. The 60-day public comment period closed September 11, 2013. EPA received comments from one commenter in this supplemental public comment period. EPA did not receive any new information from the public to indicate that the proposed project would be a cause for seismicity in the area nor did it receive any information which indicated that any transmissive faults exist within the intended zone of injection.

The administrative record for this permitting action remains available for public review during normal business hours at the EPA Region III Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection, Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 124.19(f), the issuance of this permit completes the remand procedures and constitutes final agency action for the purposes of judicial review.

Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the permit by contacting Stephen Platt platt.stephen@epa.gov UIC Section (3WP22), Ground Water and Enforcement Branch, U. S. EPA, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, or by phone at (215) 814-5464.


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