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ENB Region 8 Completed Applications 12/12/2007

Seneca County


Village of Seneca Falls
60 State St
Seneca Falls, NY 13148 -1414


Seneca Falls Wastewater Treatment
136 Fall St
Seneca Falls, NY 13148

Application ID:


Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Municipal SPDES - Surface Discharge

Project is Located:

Seneca Falls, Seneca 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 003 3308, DEC Identification #: 8-4532-00014/00001), the Village of Seneca Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant 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:

Water Quality review:
The priority pollutant scan result submitted with the Form 2C application showed the presence of new parameters: mercury, bromoform, chlorodibromomethane, dichlorobromomethane, and chloroform in the discharge from outfall 001. Water quality review showed that these parameters do not exceed water quality-based effluent limits. However, as a result of the new mercury standards, a short-term monitoring for mercury is being required in the permit to determine if a permit limit will be required for this parameter.

Changes in Effluent Limitations: Water quality evaluation shows no need to change some of the existing permit limits for some parameters with the exception of the following: Mercury - The existing effluent quality (EEQ) was below than the Water Quality Based Effluent Limit (WQBEL) but a short-term monitoring is included on page 9 of 12 of this draft permit.

Other Changes to the Permit:
Updated permit pages were used, including a page of definitions and a monitoring page, which contains an updated diagram of the facility and the locations of sampling points.

The modification also includes several other minor reporting modifications.

The Village of Seneca Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant has surface discharge into Seneca River, 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 during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.

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 Jan 11, 2008.


Teresa Diehsner
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

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