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COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment and Public Hearing
on the Tentative Approval of Pennsylvania’s Revision
of its Public Water System Supervision Primacy Program
AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY--REGION III
Water Protection Division,
Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection, Drinking Water Branch (3WP21)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Comments will be accepted until January 29, 2015


NOTICE: Notice is hereby given in accordance with the provision of section 1413 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended, and the requirements governing the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation, 40 CFR part 142, that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision Program. The Commonwealth has adopted the Lead and Copper Rule Short Term Revisions which will provide for better public health protection by reducing potential reproductive and developmental health risks from lead. The Commonwealth also revised its regulations for issuing variances and exemptions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that these revisions are no less stringent than the corresponding Federal regulations. Therefore, EPA has decided to tentatively approve these program revisions.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: The public is invited to submit written comments on this determination and may request a public hearing. Comments or a request for a public hearing must be submitted by January 29, 2015 to the Regional Administrator (RA) at the EPA address below. EPA will consider all comment and if necessary, EPA will issue a response or hold a public hearing. Frivolous or insubstantial requests for a hearing may be denied by the RA. If no timely or proper hearing request is received and the RA does not elect to hold a hearing on his own, and if no comments are received which cause EPA to modify its tentative approval, this determination shall be effective on January 29, 2015. Any request for a public hearing shall include the following information:

1. The name, address, and telephone number of the individual, organization, or other entity requesting a hearing.

2. A brief statement of the requesting person's interest in the Regional Administrator's determination and of information that the requesting person intends to submit at such hearing.

3. The signature of the individual making the request; or, if the request is made on behalf of an organization or other entity, the signature of a responsible official of the organization or other entity.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Information on EPA’s determination is available for public view between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the following offices:

• Drinking Water Branch, Water Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029.

• Bureau of Safe Drinking Water, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 10th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

CONTACT INFORMATION: : For additional information contact Kelly Moran at the Philadelphia address given above, via email at Moran.Kelly@epa.gov via fax at (215) 814-2302.

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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

Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
Sammy-Mar LLC

Public Comments will be accepted until January 21, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit PAS2D030BCLE for Sammy-Mar LLC (Sammy-Mar) 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 commercial Class II-D injection well Povlik No. 1 to dispose of produced fluids produced in association with oil or gas production operations. 

Description: Sammy-Mar submitted a UIC permit application to EPA on July 23, 2013.  After review and resolution of application deficiencies, EPA was able to develop a draft final permit.  Sammy-Marr plans to construct and use the Povlik No. 1 well as an injection well to dispose of fluids produced in association with oil and gas production.  Injection will occur into the Huntersville Chert and Oriskany Sand formations.  The injection well is located in Huston Township, Clearfield County, PA.  A permit is required to meet the provisions of the EPA administered UIC Program in Pennsylvania.

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 January 5, 2015.  A public meeting has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday January 7, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the Penfield Fire Hall, 12211 Bennetts Valley Highway in Penfield, PA  15849.  Requests to hold a hearing must be received by EPA in the office listed above by Monday, December 29, 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 available to the public in the Administrative Record.  The Administrative Record includes the permit application, the draft permit, statement of basis and all related correspondence.  A copy of the permit application, draft permit and statement of basis for this permitting action is available for review at the Huston Township Municipal Building, 11837 Bennetts Valley Highway, Suite 1, Penfield, Pennsylvania 15849. 

Draft Permit - PDF (15pp, 54k)

Statement of Basis - PDF (6pp, 218k)

 

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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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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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