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City of DuBois

DuBois, PA

NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE CONSENT AGREEMENT AND FINAL ORDER ASSESSING ADMINISTRATIVE
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: April 16, 2015
NPDES Permit Nos.: PA0027375
DOCKET NUMBER:CWA-03-2015-0122

Comments will be accepted until May 30, 2015.

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) DuBoisCAFO (12pp, 6.40MB) assessing an administrative civil penalty against the Respondents named below, for alleged violations of its NPDES permit.


RESPONDENT:

The City of DuBois
P.O. Box 408
DuBois, PA 15801

FACILITY:

City of DuBois Publically Owned Treatment Works
16 West Scribner Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801

SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS:Respondent allegedly violated the terms of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit which requires the Respondent to operate and implement an industrial pretreatment program in accordance with the Clean Water Act (CWA). The CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) Issue individual control mechanisms (“permits”) to industrial users of the Facility within the required time frame not to exceed 5 years; (2) Inspect and sample the effluent from each significant user of the system at least once a year; (3) Conduct monitoring at its Facility as required that includes quarterly influent, effluent and sludge analysis for all local limits parameters and an annual priority pollutant scan for influent and sludge, as well as submit the analytical results of such monitoring to EPA annually; (4) Adopt a new ordinance establishing its legal authority to enforce EPA’s October 2005 amendments to the federal pretreatment program and amend its enforcement response plan containing detailed procedures indicating how it will investigate and respond to instances of industrial user noncompliance; (5) Publish a list of significant non-compliers once a year and submit to EPA proof of the publication. These failures constitute alleged violations of Sections 301(a), 402 and 403 of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. §§ 1311(a) and 1342. These violations are associated with the City of DuBois annual pretreatment reports (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and were discovered therein.


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 $10,000.00. The CAFO both commences and concludes these proceedings.


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.

Joy Gillespie
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Mail Code: 3WP42
Philadelphia, PA  19103-2029
215-814-5236
gillespie.joy@epa.gov


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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3
Water Protection Division, Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Prater District, Buchanan County, Virginia
Range Resources – Pine Mountain, Inc.

Public Comments will be accepted until Monday May 6, 2015


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit VAS2D955BBUC for Range Resources-Pine Mountain, Incorporated (Range-Pine Mountain) under the authority of the UIC regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 146, and 147. The permit is necessary for the construction and operation of one private Class li-D injection well to dispose of produced fluids generated in association with oil or gas production operations.


Description: Range-Pine Mountain submitted a UIC permit application to EPA in February 2014. After review and resolution of application deficiencies, EPA was able to develop a draft final permit. Range-Pine Mountain plans to construct well #900146 as an injection well to dispose of fluids produced in association with oil and gas production generated from their own operations. Injection will occur into the Weir formation. The injection well is located in the Prater District, Buchanan County, Virginia. A permit is required to meet the provisions of the EPA administered UIC Program in Virginia.


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 Roger Reinhart, or email comments to reinhart.roger@epa.gov by May 6, 2015. A public meeting has been tentatively scheduled/or Wednesday May 6, 2015, at 7:00PM at the Buchanan County Courthouse, Board of Supervisors' Room, Walnut & Main Streets, Grundy, Virginia. Requests to hold a hearing must be received by EPA in the office listed above by Friday, May 1, 2015. 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 office ofU.S. EPA Region III, at the address shown above. The Administrative Record includes the permit application and other information submitted by the applicant, the draft permit, the statement of basis, and all documents cited in the statement of basis and other documents contained in the supporting file for the draft permit. A copy of the permit application, draft permit, and statement of basis for this permitting action are available for review at the Buchanan County Public Library, Poe Town Road, Grundy, Virginia.

Draft Permit - PDF (14pp, 12.63.MB)

Statement of Basis - PDF (6pp, 1.8 MB)

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Norfolk Southern Railway Company

Norfolk, Virginia

NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE CONSENT AGREEMENT AND FINAL ORDER ASSESSING ADMINISTRATIVE
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: March 26, 2015
NPDES Permit Nos. : PA0246620, VAR050332, VA0052639, and WV0001244
DOCKET NUMBER:CWA-03-2015-0078

Comments will be accepted until May 15, 2015.

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) CAFONSRC (12pp, 12.35MB) assessing an administrative civil penalty against the Respondents named below, for alleged violations of its NPDES permit.


RESPONDENT:

Norfolk Southern Railway Company
Three Commercial Place
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS: EPA Region III alleges that Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSRC) failed to retain certain records in connection with annual compliance inspections and monthly visual inspections pursuant to the Preparedness, Prevention, and Contingency Plan for the Rutherford Intermodal Yard; and discharged stormwater on one occasion each from the Rutherford, Portlock, Weller and Williamson Yards exceeding applicable effluent limitations in the NPDES permits for those facilities in violation of Section 402 of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. § 1342. Certain of these alleged violations were discovered during inspections of NSRC’s rail yards while others were self-reported by NSRC.


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 $25,000.00 penalty. The CAFO both commences and concludes these proceedings.


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. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Mail Code: 3WP42
Philadelphia, PA  19103-2029
215-814-5236
gold.peter@epa.gov


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Clark Construction Group, LLC

Bethesda, Maryland

NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE CONSENT AGREEMENT AND FINAL ORDER ASSESSING ADMINISTRATIVE
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: : March 24, 2015
NPDES Permit No.: DCR12A031
DOCKET NUMBER: CWA-03-2015-0103 

Comments will be accepted until May 3, 2015.

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) Clark CAFO(13pp, 53.07KB) assessing an administrative civil penalty against the Respondents named below, for alleged violations of its NPDES permit.


RESPONDENTS:

Clark Construction Group, LLC
7500 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Facility:
St. Elizabeths Campus
2701 Martin Luther King Blvd SE
Washington, D.C. 20032


SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS: Respondent violated the terms of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit which authorizes discharges of construction-related stormwater through the District of Columbia Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) to the Anacostia River. The CAFO alleges that Respondent failed to: (1) discharged stormwater and ground water directly to the outlet structure of the sediment basin and then to the District of Columbia MS4; (2) failed to maintain erosion and sediment controls in effective operating condition; (3) failed to protect stockpiled sediment and/or soil from contact with stormwater; and (4) failed to post notice of permit coverage conspicuously at a safe, publicly accessible location. These failures constitute a violation 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 the St. Elizabeths campus in September 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 $50,000.00. The CAFO both commences and concludes these proceedings.


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.

Mark Zolandz
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Mail Code: 3WP42
Philadelphia, PA  19103-2029
215-814-2319
zolandz.mark@epa.gov


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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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