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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.

 

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

Storage Facility Upgrades – Contract Number 3

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: June 9, 2014

Comments will be accepted until: July 9,2014


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:

Storage Facility Upgrades – Contract Number 3
Fort Stanton Reservoir No. 1 and 2 and Brentwood Reservoir
Safe Drinking Water Improvements
Project FS-993820-03

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


NEED AND DESCRIPTION:

This project includes upgrades, repairs and rehabilitation work for the Fort Stanton Reservoir No. 1 and 2 and the Brentwood Reservoir which are owned and operated by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (also known as “DC Water” and “DC WASA”). Both reservoirs consist of underground concrete structures that are old and in need of improvements.

The two Fort Stanton reservoirs are both located in Fort Stanton Park in Southeast Washington on land owned by the National Park Service. The Fort Stanton facility is part of the Anacostia Second High Service Area and provides water to some areas located southeast of the Anacostia River. It was built in 1943 and has been improved and rehabilitated throughout the years to provide safe and reliable drinking water.

The Brentwood Reservoir is located off Brentwood Parkway, NE near New York Avenue, NE. The Brentwood Reservoir facility is part of the Low Service Area and provides water to some areas along the Anacostia River. It was built in 1959 and has also been improved and rehabilitated throughout the years.

Additional improvements and maintenance items listed below are needed for both facilities and will be implemented using Federal funds.

Fort Stanton Reservoir Number 1
• Overflow and drain piping improvements to eliminate cross connections.
• Ventilation improvements
• Electrical upgrades..
• Security system upgrades
• Systems control and SCADA improvements
• Structural improvements including repairing floor slab cracks, wall joints, winches, access hatches, and handrails.
• Roof membrane repair.
• Water mixing and sampling improvements.
• Site improvements.

Fort Stanton Reservoir Number 2
• Security system upgrades.

Brentwood Reservoir
• Overflow and drain piping improvements to eliminate cross connections.
• Ventilation improvements.
• Electrical upgrades.
• Security system improvements.
• Systems control and SCADA improvements.
• Structural improvements including repairing floor slab cracks, wall joints, winches, access hatches, and handrails.
• Roof membrane repair.
• Water mixing and sampling improvements.
• Site improvements.
• Install inflow, outflow, and bypass valves.

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 $4,999,297, making it eligible for a Federal grant of 80%, or $3,999,438. 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.

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 minimal.

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, noise, and dust control.

Water service will not be disrupted during construction. Since all of the construction work will take place on the facility property, it is not expected to have any direct impact on the public. The only noticeable impact on the public may be additional construction and vehicular traffic entering and leaving the site.

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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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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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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