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ENB Region 6 Completed Applications 10/19/2016

Lewis County


Village of Lowville
5535 Bostwick St
Lowville, NY 13367


Lowville Municipal Poll Ctrl Fac
7514 E State St
Lowville, NY 13367

Application ID:


Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Municipal SPDES - Surface Discharge

Project is Located:

Lewis County

Project Description:

DEC received a request from the Village of Lowville to modify the existing State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit for the discharge of treated sanitary wastewater from the Village of Lowville Municipal Pollution Control Facility. The request comes in response to a proposed increase in the discharge from a significant industrial user in the Village's system. DEC intends to approve the proposed changes to the treatment works and has drafted a modified SPDES permit.

The effluent limitations in the current permit will remain in effect until the proposed upgrades to the treatment works have been completed and final permit limits, levels, and monitoring requirements become effective:

  • Flow - The monthly average flow has been changed from 1.8 MGD to 2.0 MGD in accordance with permittee request to expand the plant.
  • BOD5, CBOD5 and TSS - The pollutant load for these pollutant parameters have been changed because of the flow expansion.
  • TSS percent removal - has been changed from 65% removal to 85% removal because for past three years the facility has consistently exceeded the secondary wastewater treatment performance standard.
  • Temperature - Daily maximum limit of 90oF has been included in accordance with 6 NYCRR 704.2.
  • Mercury, Total - the daily maximum limits of 50 ng/l has been added in accordance with TOGS 1.3.10.
  • Influent from Kraft Heinz Food Company - Influent limits for BOD5 & pH and influent monitoring for flow & temperature have been added.

The draft permit also contains updated schedules of compliance and submittal related to the plant upgrade. Updated forms incorporating the latest general conditions are typically included when the department modifies a permit.

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 a Type I action and will not have a significant effect on the environment. A coordinated review with other agencies was performed and a Negative Declaration is on file.

SEQR Lead Agency: Lowville Village Board

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

Cultural resource lists and maps have been checked. The proposed activity is not in an area of identified archaeological sensitivity and no known registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures were identified or documented for the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.

Coastal Management:

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

DEC Commissioner Policy 29, Environmental Justice and Permitting (CP-29)

It has been determined that the proposed action is not subject to CP-29.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Nov 18, 2016.


Thomas G Voss
NYSDEC Region 6 Headquarters
State Office Building - 317 Washington St
Watertown, NY 13601

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