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Norfolk Southern Railway Company

Washington, DC

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 No.: 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)CAFO SNRC(12pp, 5.13MB) assessing an administrative civil penalty against the Respondents named below, for alleged violations of its NPDES permit.


RESPONDENTS:

Norfolk Southern Railway Company
5929 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS: Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSRC) failed to; conduct visual inspections of all its railyards; conduct compliance evaluations; and maintain its discharges to the effluent limits at Weller, Portlock, Rutherford and Williamson Yards; update SWPPPs at its maintenance 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 inspections of NSRC’s railyards.


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. As a result of EPA’s enforcement action, NSRC has made several enhancements to its inspection 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. 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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Four Points, LLC, New Hampshire Ave. Ventures LLC,

& Comstock Homes of Washington, L. C.

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: February 24.2015
NPDES Permit No.: DCR12A035
DOCKET NUMBER:: CWA-03-2014-0224 

Comments will be accepted until April 5, 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) Comstock SCAOFO (11pp, 64.69KB) assessing an administrative civil penalty against the Respondents named below, for alleged violations of its NPDES permit.


RESPONDENTS:

Four Points, LLC
1805 7th Street, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20001-3186

New Hampshire Ave. Ventures LLC
11465 Sunset Hills Road
Reston, VA 20190-5288

Comstock Homes of Washington, L. C.
1886 Metro Center Drive
4th Floor
Reston, VA 20190


SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS: Respondents failed to prepare a stormwater pollution prevention plan prior to submission of its Notice of Intent for coverage under the 2008 Construction General Permit and were discharging without a Permit/failed to obtain coverage under the 2012 Construction General Permit. 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 Respondents’ Construction site at 6000 New Hampshire NE in February of 2013.


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 with the three companies requiring the payment of a $40,000.00. The CAFO both commences and concludes these proceedings. As a result of EPA’s enforcement action, Respondents’ have obtained coverage under the 2012 Construction General Permit.


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.

Rebecca Crane
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Mail Code: 3WP42
Philadelphia, PA  19103-2029
215-814-2389
crane.rebecca@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

Beaver Falls, Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc.

Public Comments will be accepted until April 1, 2015


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a draft final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit PAS2D041BBEA for Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc. (Columbia Gas) 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 one private Class 11-D injection well, located in the Blackhawk Storage Field, to dispose of produced fluids produced in association with gas production operations from the storage field.

Description: In September, 1984, Columbia Gas submitted a UIC permit application for an existing brine disposal well which they operated in the Blackhawk Gas Storage Field located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. A UIC permit for the operation of this well was subsequently granted by EPA on March 25, 1985. This initial permit was effective for ten years and after being public noticed on two separate occasions, was subsequently reissued for another ten years on March 20, 1995 and on March 20,2005. Since Columbia Gas ofPennsylvania, Inc.'s permit will expire on March 21,2015, they have again requested that EPA reissue this permit. EPA has developed a draft final permit that allows Columbia Gas to continue operation of the injection well to dispose of fluids produced in association with gas production from the Blackhawk Storage Field into the Oriskany Sandstone formation. The injection well is located in Beaver Falls, Beaver County, PA. A federal permit is required to meet the provisions ofthe 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 Stephen Platt, or email comments to platt.steve@epa.gov by April1, 2015. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled/or April1, 2015, at 7:00PM at the Patterson Township Volunteer Fire Department, 319 Darlington Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Requests to hold a hearing must be received by EPA in the office listed above by March 23, 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 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, all documents cited in the statement of basis, and other documents contained in the supporting file for the draft permit. A copy of the draft permit and statement of basis for this permitting action is available for review at the Carnegie Free Library, 1301 Seventh Ave., Beaver Falls, PA 15010.

Draft Permit - PDF (16pp, 3.41MB)

Statement of Basis - PDF (6pp, 7.27MB)

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Forest City SEFC, LLC
& Forest City Washington, Inc.

NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT AND NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR HEARING

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: February 18, 2015
NPDES Permit No.: DCR12A035
DOCKET NUMBER: CWA-03-2015-0007
Comments will be accepted until March 30th 2015.

In accordance with Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g) AND 40 CFR § 22.45, notice is hereby given that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, has filed an Administrative Complaint and Notice of Opportunity for Hearing (APO) (19pp, 12.9M) proposing to assess an administrative civil penalty against the Respondents named below, for alleged violations of its NPDES Construction General Permit at  a  facility known as The Yards, in  the District of Columbia.

RESPONDENTS:
Forest City SEFC, LLC & Forest City Washington, Inc. 

1615 L Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20003

SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS: EPA alleges that the Respondents failed to: 1) post notice of the NPDES Permit; 2) properly conduct, document, and maintain records of site inspections; 3) have a copy of the stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) onsite and modify it as required; 4) develop a SWPPP prior to submitting an NOI for one parcel; 5) install erosion and sedimentation (E&S) controls; 6) maintain E&S controls; 7) minimize track-out of sediment from vehicles exiting the construction site; and, 8) control discharges from stockpiled sediment.  These failures constitute a violation of Section 301(a) of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. §§ 1311(a).  These violations were discovered during an NPDES inspection of Respondents’ construction site, The Yards, at Tingey Street, S.E. and Fourth Street, S.E. in February of 2013.

ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT AND NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR HEARING : 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  is proposing to assess a penalty of $110,000. 

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

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


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Walmart, Washington, DC

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 (3WP41)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Public Comments will be accepted until March 23, 2015


Date of Notice: February 10, 2015

NPDES Permit No.: DCR12A0084

EPA Docket No.: CWA-03-2015-0048

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) CAFO unsigned Walmart CAFO PDF) (12 pp, 53.40KB) assessing an administrative civil penalty against the Respondent named below, for alleged violations of its NPDES permit.

Respondent:
Walmart
5929 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20011


SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS : Walmart failed to; maintain perimeter stormwater controls; minimize sediment track out from the site; update SWPPPs at its maintenance facilities; protect stormwater inlets; and update its stormwater pollution prevention plan. 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 Walmart’s Construction site on Georgia Avenue in February of 2014.


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 $20,000.00 penalty.  The CAFO both commences and concludes these proceedings.  As a result of EPA’s enforcement action, Walmart has made several enhancements to its construction 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
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
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 & 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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