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ENB Region 9 Completed Applications 09/19/2007

Erie County

Applicant:

Erie County
95 Franklin St
Buffalo, NY 14202 -3904

Facility:

Erie County Sewer District No 6
260 Lehigh AVE|NE Corner of Willmuth & Well Sts
Lackawanna, NY 14218

Application ID:

9-1409-00008/00001

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Municipal SPDES - Surface Discharge

Project is Located:

Lackawanna, Erie County


Project Description:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is pursuing a Department Initiated Modification (DIM) to the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit (NY 002 2136, DEC Identification #: 9-1409-00008/00001), the Erie County Sewer District No. 6 Facility pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 750-1.18, New York State's Environmental Benefit Permit Strategy (EBPS). The changes to the permit are as follows: (1) Flow bypassed from secondary treatment and secondary settling tanks is assigned as a new Outfall 004, (2) Interim percentage removal for TSS and BOD5 at Outfall 001are 70% based on Discharge Monitoring Report data with final percentage removal limits of 85 % to comply with the secondary treatment requirements of 40CFR133, (3) Draft permit limits for ammonia nitrogen and total residual chlorine have been reduced based on water quality evaluation. Schedule of compliance requirements for an ammonia nitrogen study and a total residual chlorine study are required for the permittee to submit engineering reports in order to comply with the final limits, (4) Based on mercury data, a pollution minimization program (PMP) is required for mercury, (5) Permit limits, levels and monitoring for overflow retention facility (outfall 003) are provided. Interim percentage removal for TSS and BOD5 at Outfall 003are "monitor" with final percentage removal limits of 85% to comply with the secondary treatment requirements of 40CFR133, (6) Capacity, management, operation and maintenance (CMOM) program and no feasible alternative analysis are required for any facility having sanitary sewer overflows, (7) submission of a detailed wet weather operating plan, and (8) submission of an Overflow retention facility study to assess water quality impact to the receiving water. The modification also includes several other minor reporting modifications. The Erie County Sewer District No. 6 Facility has surface discharge into Smokes Creek, a class C water. Additional information including the current permit, renewal applications, and supporting documentation may be obtained from or inspected at the DEC central office in Albany. Substantive comments on the permit or requests for hearing or both must be submitted in writing to the contact person. DEC seeks comments on the proposed regulated activity prior to making a final decision on permit issuance.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law during normal business hours at the address of the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Oct 19, 2007.

Contact:

Teresa Diehsner
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518)402-9167
deppermitting@dec.ny.gov


Applicant:

Erie County
95 Franklin St
Buffalo, NY 14202 -3904

Facility:

Southtowns STP
S 3690 Lake Shore Rd
Hamburg, NY 14219

Application ID:

9-1448-00012/00004

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Municipal SPDES - Surface Discharge

Project is Located:

Hamburg, Erie County


Project Description:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is pursuing a Department Initiated Modification (DIM) to the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit (NY 009 5401, DEC Identification #: 9-1448-00012/00004-0), the Erie County/Southtowns Sewage Treatment Facility pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 750-1.18, New York State's Environmental Benefit Permit Strategy (EBPS). The changes to the permit are as follows: This draft permit has incorporated the permit language of EPA's proposed rule for "National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Requirements for Peak Wet Weather Discharges from Publicly Owned Treatment Works Treatment Plants Serving Separate Sanitary sewer Collection Systems". Specifically: Outfall 001 Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) - Secondary treatment requirements applied with additional parameters to protect water quality of the receiving water and other parameters of concern. Outfall 002 Overflow Retention Facility (ORF) - During ORF discharges, monitoring parameters required for secondary treatment requirements and other parameters for protecting the water quality of the receiving water. Outfall 003 (WWTP + ORF) - During ORF discharges, permit limitations are set at the secondary treatment requirements, water quality based efflluent limitations and other parameters of concern. Footnotes are provided for calculating the limitations for compliance purpose. Outfall 004 (Bypass) - Bypass should be monitored and reported. Requirements for Capacity, Management, Operation and Maintenance (CMOM) program are detailed and essential to reduce peak wet weather flow in the separate sanitary sewer system and ultimately eliminate separate sanitary overflows (SSOs). The success of the CMOM program will also reduce the numbers of discharges from Outfalls 002 and 003. Pretreatment program implementation requirements added as required under 40CFR403. Schedule of compliance pages require the permitee to submit: Total residual chlorine study to meet the final water quality based permit limitations; No feasible alternative analysis report to comply with the requirements in the 40 CFR 122.41 (m)(4) - Prohibition of bypass; Wet weather operation plan; CMOM plan; Annual SSO report to summarize SSO discharges for the previous year; Additional sampling monitoring program for Mercury and PCBs. The modification also includes several other minor reporting modifications. The Erie County/Southtowns Sewage Treatment Facility has surface discharge into Lake Erie, a class A-Special water. Additional information including the current permit, renewal applications, and supporting documentation may be obtained from or inspected at the DEC central office in Albany. Substantive comments on the permit or requests for hearing or both must be submitted in writing to the contact person. DEC seeks comments on the proposed regulated activity prior to making a final decision on permit issuance.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law during normal business hours at the address of the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Oct 19, 2007.

Contact:

Teresa Diehsner
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518)402-9167
deppermitting@dec.ny.gov


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