DEP to Host Public Hearing on Brunner Island Draft Discharge Permit

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public hearing to collect comments from citizens on the draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued to Brunner Island LLC on April 5, 2017 and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on April 22, 2017. Brunner Island LLC operates a 1,490-Megawatt coal- and natural gas-fired power plant which discharges treated industrial wastewater and cooling water to the Susquehanna River.

The hearing will take place on Monday, July 24, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Union Fire Company, 201 York Street, Manchester, PA 17345.

Individuals will have the opportunity to present up to five minutes of verbal testimony. Comments must be limited to the conditions of the draft permit. Groups are asked to designate one speaker. Relinquishing of time to other speakers will be prohibited. All presenters should bring at least one copy of their comments and exhibits for submission to DEP.

Those who wish to present testimony are asked to register in advance by contacting John Repetz at jrepetz@pa.gov or 717-705-4904, at DEP’s South-central Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Registration will be taken through Friday, July 21. Individuals will be called to testify in the order they registered. Time permitting, those who did not register in advance will be given the opportunity to testify.

DEP received written comments on the draft permit during a 30-day comment period after the draft permit was published in the PA Bulletin. The comment period ended on May 22, 2017 and DEP is reviewing all comments received.

The draft permit and fact sheet are available for public review at the DEP Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110, Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Please call 717-705-4732 to make an appointment. They can also be accessed on DEP’s South-central Regional webpage at  http://www.dep.pa.gov/About/Regional/SouthcentralRegion/Community%20Information/Pages/Brunner-Island-NPDES.aspx 

Individuals who need an accommodation for the hearing as provided for in the American with Disabilities Act should contact Mr. Repetz at the number listed, or make accommodations through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984.

WHAT: Public hearing on Brunner Island draft NPDES permit
WHEN: Monday, July 24, 2017, 6:30 PM
WHERE: Union Fire Company, 201 York Street, Manchester, PA 17345

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