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The Delaware River Basin Commission Meeting Agenda

Upcoming Commission Meeting

The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold an informal conference followed by a public hearing on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. The hearing will be part of the Commission's regularly scheduled business meeting. The conference session and business meeting both are open to the public and will be held at the Commission's office building located at 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, New Jersey.

The morning conference session will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will include updates by DRBC staff on the Nutrient Strategy for the Delaware Estuary and Implementation of the Basin Plan and a Resolution honoring John Plonski for his service to the Commission and the Delaware River Basin.

Items for Public Hearing. The subjects of the public hearing to be held during the 1:30 p.m. business meeting on September 12, 2012 include draft dockets for the projects described below. Draft dockets also will be posted on the Commission's website at www.drbc.netten days prior to the meeting date. Additional public records relating to the dockets may be examined at the Commission's offices. Please contact William Muszynski at 609-883-9500, extension 221, with any docket-related questions.

  1. Mount Holly Municipal Utilities Authority, D-1970-133 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge from the 6.0 million gallons per day (mgd) Mount Holly MUA wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the North Branch Rancocas Creek, located in Water Quality Zone 2, at River Mile 111.06 - 8.64 - 4.1 (Delaware River - Rancocas Creek - North Branch Rancocas Creek), via Outfall No. 1, in Mount Holly Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. View draft docket (pdf 299 KB)
  2. Middle Smithfield Township, D-1973-209 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge from the 0.05 mgd Winona Lakes WWTP. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Bushkill Creek at River Mile 226.5 - 5.5 (Delaware River - Bushkill Creek) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.View draft docket (pdf 150 KB)
  3. Myerstown Borough, D-1974-176 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge from the 2.0 mgd Myerstown Borough WWTP. The WWTP was previously approved by the DRBC via Docket No. D-1974-176 CP-2 on February 28, 2007; however, the applicant submitted a docket renewal application after the expiration date of the docket (February 28, 2012). The applicant does not propose any modifications to the existing WWTP. The WWTP will continue to discharge to the Tulpehocken Creek, a tributary to the Schuylkill River, at River Mile 92.47 – 76.8 – 34 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Tulpehocken Creek), in Jackson Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 193 KB)
  4. Chester County Department of Facilities Management, D-1983-015 CP-4. An application to approve an existing discharge from the Pocopson Home and Prison WWTP. The WWTP was previously approved by the DRBC via Docket No. D-1983-015 CP-3 on December 12, 2007; however, the docket holder submitted a docket renewal application after the expiration date of the docket (December 12, 2011). This docket also approves the increase in annual average design flow of the WWTP from 0.13676 mgd to 0.2 mgd that was conditionally approved in the previous docket (D-1983-.015 CP-3). The WWTP treats domestic wastewater through the use of a sewage treament lagoon and spray irrigation. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to three (3) existing spray irrigation fields located in the Pocopson Creek Watershed, in Pocopson Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 195 KB)
  5. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-1986-059 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal (GWD) of up to 6.696 million gallons per month (mgm) to supply the applicant's public water supply system from existing Well No. EP-1 completed in Graphitic Gneiss. The Pennsylvania American Water Company Merlin Hills system serves customers in portions of East Pikeland Township and East Vincent Township. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The well is located in the French Creek Watershed in East Pikeland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.View draft docket (pdf 251 KB)
  6. Panther Creek Power Operating, LLC, D-1987-066-6. An application for the transfer of ownership and to renew the approval of an existing allocation of up to 69.2 mgm of groundwater from the Lausanne Tunnel mine pool overflow and a subsidiary allocation of up to 37.2 mgm of surface water purchased from Nesquehoning Borough Authority for use at the applicant's 84-megawatt waste coal fired thermal electric Panther Creek Energy Facility. Ownership of the facility was transferred from Panther Creek Partners to Panther Creek Power Operating, LLC on August 2, 2012. No changes to the facility operations or water allocations are proposed. The docket will also include two (2) existing electric transmission line stream crossings that were previously approved by Docket Nos. D-88-46 and D-91-52. The project, including the associated withdrawal, is located within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Nesquehoning Borough, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 168 KB)
  7. Middle Smithfield Township, D-1990-080 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge from the 1.0 mgd Fernwood WWTP. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Bush Kill at River Mile 226.9 - 2.3 (Delaware River - Bush Kill) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 142 KB)
  8. Ravensclaw Investors LP, D-2001-008-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD of up to 6.70 mgm to irrigate the Raven's Claw Golf Club from existing Wells Nos. TW-1 and TW-2 completed in the Brunswick Formation. The project is located in the Hartenstine Watershed, in Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove Townships, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, within the Southeastern Pennsylvania Groundwater Protected Area. View draft docket (pdf 248 KB)
  9. Little Washington Wastewater Company, D-2006-032 CP-2. An application to approve the construction and operation of the 0.077 mgd Honeycroft Village WWTP. The WWTP will apply the treated effluent to a 14-acre spray field located near River Mile 70.7 - 1.5 - 20.0 - 10.1 - 2.2 - 8.1 (Delaware River - Christina River - Brandywine Creek - West Branch Brandywine Creek - Buck Run - Doe Run), in Londonderry Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 198 KB)
  10. River Road Utilities, Inc., D-2006-038-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge from the 0.066 mgd Tuscarora WWTP. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Water Quality Zone 1D of the Delaware River at River Mile 204, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 205 KB)
  11. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-2008-002 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing filter backwash discharge from the 0.402 mgd Yardley water filtration plant (WFP). The WFP will continue to discharge to an unnamed tributary of Brock Creek at River Mile 138.0 - 0.54 - 1.6 (Delaware River - Buck Creek - Brock Creek) via Outfalls Nos. 001 and 002, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Yardley Borough, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 194 KB)
  12. Morrisville Municipal Authority, D-2008-006 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge from the 0.15 mgd water filtration plant (WFP). The WFP will continue to discharge to Water Quality Zone 1E of the Delaware River at River Mile 134.6 (Delaware River), within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 194 KB)
  13. Tuthill Corporation & Aquashicola-Little Gap, Inc., D-2008-023-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge from the 0.06 mgd Blue Mountain Ski Area WWTP. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Aquashicola Creek at River Mile 183.66 - 36.32 - 5.73 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Aquashicola Creek) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 206 KB)
  14. Ferro Corporation, D-1968-143-2. An application to approve a modification to the existing 2.0 mgd Ferro industrial wastewater treatment plant (IWTP). The proposed modification consists of the construction and installation of an outfall pipe extension with multi-port diffuser at the end of the existing IWTP outfall. No other modifications to the IWTP facilities are proposed. This docket also includes the approval of a Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) determination consisting of a maximum instantaneous TDS effluent concentration limit of 30,000 mg/l. The IWTP will continue to discharge to Water Quality Zone 4 of the Delaware River at River Mile 79.0, in Logan Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey. View draft docket (pdf 344 KB)
  15. Cambridge-Lee Industries, LLC, D-1970-120-2. An application to approve modifications to the industrial process water discharges associated with Plants Nos. 2, 3, and 4 of the existing Cambridge-Lee copper tubing manufacturing facility. The applicant proposes to expand operations at Plant No. 4 to include the following: add eleven (11) new cooling towers to the three (3) existing cooling towers; add three industrial pre-treatment processes (water softening, mixed media filter, and reverse osmosis); and re-establish an average discharge of 0.0112 mgd of cooling tower blowdown and industrial wastewater pre-treatment system backwash to the Schuylkill River via existing Outfall 001. The applicant also proposes to reduce the average discharges to the Schuylkill River from existing Outfall No. 002 from 0.929 mgd to 0.76 mgd. Discharges from Outfall No. 002 include non-contact cooling water (NCCW) and cooling tower blowdown discharge associated with the existing Plant Nos. 2 and 3 industrial process operations. The applicant is also requesting a total dissolved solids determination of 15,200 mg/l for the proposed discharge from existing Outfall No. 001. Plant Nos. 2, 3, and 4 will continue to send sanitary wastewater, cooling tower blowdown, and industrial process wastewater off-site to the Leesport Borough Authority WWTP (via the Ontelaunee Township Municipal Authority sanitary sewer system) for treatment and discharge to the Schuylkill River. The on-site project surface water discharges to the Schuylkill River (Outfall Nos. 001 and 002) are located at approximately River Mile 92.5 - 86.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River), in Ontelaunee Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 260 KB)
  16. Warren County - Pequest River Municipal Utilities Authority, D-1971-096 CP-5. An application for approval of the upgrades to the existing 0.5 mgd Warren County MUA Oxford WWTP. Upgrades to the treatment facilities include replacing the existing conventional activated sludge treatment system with a Ludzack-Ettinger process incorporating mixed media filtration. This docket also continues a Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) determination consisting of an effluent limit of 7,000 pounds per day (lbs/day) from the previous docket approval (D-1971-096 CP-4). The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Pequest River at River Mile 197.8 - 7.2 (Delaware River - Pequest River), within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Oxford Township, Warren County, New Jersey. View draft docket (pdf 355 KB)
  17. Spring City Borough, D-1974-061 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge from the 0.6 mgd Borough of Spring City WWTP. Effluent limits for the PADEP and DRBC will continue to be based upon an average annual flow of 0.345 mgd. The applicant has also requested approval to construct a chemical feed facility for phosphorous removal. The existing WWTP will continue to discharge to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 41.3 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) via Outfall No. 001, in Spring City Borough, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 199 KB)
  18. Catasauqua Borough, D-1986-032 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge from the 2.25 mgd Catasauqua WWTP and to approve modifications, including replacement of the disinfection system and parts of the primary digester, as well as the construction of a floodwall. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Lehigh River at River Mile 183.66 - 20.2 (Delaware River - Lehigh River) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in the Borough of Catasauqua, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 222 KB)
  19. Antietam Valley Municipal Authority, D-1987-045 CP-4. An application to rerate the hydraulic design flow of the Antietam Valley Municipal Authority WWTP from 1.225 mgd to 2.45 mgd. No physical modifications to the existing WWTP are proposed. The WWTP will continue to discharge to an unnamed tributary of the Antietam Creek, a tributary to the Schuylkill River, at River Mile 92.47 - 66.1 - 4.4 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Antietam Creek), in St. Lawrence Borough, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 191 KB)
  20. Cinnaminson Sewerage Authority, D-1992-030 CP-2. An application to renew the approval an existing discharge from the 2.0 mgd Cinnaminson WWTP and to approve upgrades to the WWTP headworks. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Water Quality Zone 2 of the Delaware River at River Mile 108.82, in Cinnaminson Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. View draft docket (pdf 300 KB)
  21. Evonik Degussa Corporation, D-1996-011-3. An application to approve modifications to the existing Evonik Degussa IWTP. The proposed modifications inlcude: 1) the expansion of the IWTP from 1.15 mgd to 1.8 mgd; 2) adding new treatment facilities and equipment, including a sump, heat exchanger, static mixer with polymer injection, cyclator, and neutralization tank; and 3) the construction of a new outfall that will feature a multi-port diffuser. The application also includes a request for a Whole Effluent Toxocity (WET) Alternative Mixing Zone (AMZ) and continues a Total Dissolved Solids Determination of a monthly average effluent concentration limit of 30,000 mg/l and daily maximum effluent concentration limit of 32,000 mg/l. The IWTP will continue to discharge treated industrial wastewater effluent to the Delaware River Water Quality Zone 4 at River Mile 82.2 in the City of Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 336 KB)
  22. London Grove Township Municipal Authority, D-2008-033 CP-2. An application to modify the DRBC approval of the Conard Pyle WWTP. DRBC Docket No. D-2008-033 CP-1, issued on December 10, 2008, approved the 0.607 mgd lagoon and spray irrigation facility referred to as the Conard Pyle WWTP. The project WWTP is being modifed to be reduced in hydraulic capacity to 0.143 mgd, The reduction in hydraulic capacity is a result of a portion of the previously approved spray irrigation facilities being removed from the project and not being constructed. The project is located in London Grove Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 138 KB)
  23. Deb-El Food Products, D-2009-036-2. An application for approval to construct a 0.05 mgd IWTP that will discharge to the Neversink River at River Mile 253.64 – 28.7 (Delaware River – Neversink River), within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in the Town of Thompson, Sullivan County, New York. View draft docket (pdf 274 KB)
  24. Reading Alloys, Inc., D-2011-023-1. An application to approve an existing groundwater and surface water withdrawal to supply up to 0.57 mgm of groundwater to the applicant's manufacturing plant from existing Wells Nos. 3 and 4 and 14.5 mgm of surface water from existing Intake No. 1 for potable water and industrial cooling purposes, respectively. Intake No. 1 withdraws water from an on-site pond. The project is located in the Spring Creek Watershed in Heidelberg and South Heidelberg Townships, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket (pdf 185 KB)
  25. Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, D-2012-009 -1. An application for approval of an existing GWD to supply up to 11.89 mgm of water to the applicant’s amusement park from existing Wells Nos. 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8 for irrigation, non-contact cooling, water rides, and water features. The project wells withdraw water from the Allentown Formation and are located in the Cedar Creek Watershed, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. The existing withdrawal was not previously approved by the Commission. View draft docket (pdf 251 KB)
  26. Covanta Plymouth Renewable Energy, LP, D-2012-016 CP-1. An application to approve the existing Covanta Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility (MCRRF), which derives energy from waste, and to incorporate the facility into the Comprehensive Plan. The application also requests approval of the subsidiary water allocation for the facility of up to 22.73 mgm provided by Aqua Pennsylvania (Aqua PA). The water is used for industrial processes, fire suppression and primarily industrial cooling purposes associated with power generation. The Covanta MCRRF is located in Conshohocken Borough, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.View draft docket (pdf 169 KB)
  27. Philadelphia Gas Works, D-2012-017 CP-1. An application for the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal (SWWD) of up to 229.648 mgm from the Delaware River at the applicant’s Philadelphia Gas Works - Richmond Plant. The water is used for non-contact industrial cooling and fire suppression purposes. The project intake is located approximately 4,500 feet downstream of the Frankford Creek confluence in the tidal portion of the Delaware River in the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.View draft docket (pdf 189 KB)

Other Agenda Items. In addition to the public hearings on draft dockets, the agenda for the 1:30 p.m. business meeting includes the standard business meeting items: adoption of the Minutes of the Commission's July 11, 2012 business meeting, announcements of upcoming meetings and events, a report on hydrologic conditions, reports by the Executive Director and the Commission's General Counsel, and a public dialogue session. 

Opportunities to Comment. Individuals who wish to comment for the record on a hearing item or to address the Commissioners informally during the public dialogue portion of the meeting are asked to sign up in advance by contacting Ms. Paula Schmitt of the Commission staff, at paula.schmitt@drbc.state.nj.us or by phoning Ms. Schmitt at 609-883-9500 ext. 224. Written comment on items scheduled for hearing may be submitted in advance of the meeting date to: Commission Secretary, P.O. Box 7360, 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, NJ 08628; by fax to Commission Secretary, DRBC at 609-883-9522 or by email to paula.schmitt@drbc.state.nj.us. Written comment on dockets should also be furnished directly to the Project Review Section at the above address or fax number or by email towilliam.muszynski@drbc.state.nj.us.

Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act who wish to attend the informational meeting, conference session or hearings should contact the Commission Secretary directly at 609-883-9500 ext. 203 or through the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) at 711, to discuss how we can accommodate your needs.

Agenda Updates. Note that meeting items are subject to change and items scheduled for hearing are occasionally postponed to allow more time for the Commission to consider them. Please check the Commission's website, www.drbc.net, closer to the meeting date for changes that may be made after the deadline for filing this notice.

Pamela M. Bush, Esquire
Commission Secretary
August 21, 2012

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