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The next regularly scheduled business meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa. The business meeting is open to the public.

A public hearing was held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center.

Written comments on matters heard on February 13 (see below) will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on February 19. Written comment on items scheduled for hearing may be made through the Commission’s web-based comment system, Smart Comment: http://dockets.drbc.commentinput.com.

Public Hearing: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 1:30 PM

The public hearing on February 13, 2019 began at 1:30 p.m. Hearing items included:

Hearing items also included the following draft dockets (all are pdfs) for withdrawals, discharges, and other projects that could have a substantial effect on the basin’s water resources:

View docket location map (pdf 728 KB)

  1. GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc., D-1965-122-2. An application to renew the approval to continue to withdraw up to 139.5 million gallons per month (mgm) of water from eight existing wells for non-contact cooling, industrial processes and potable use at the docket holder’s existing chemical manufacturing facility. The project wells are completed in the Epler and Ontelaunee formations in the Lower Jordan Creek Watershed within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  2. Brookhaven Borough, D-1966-096 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.192 million gallons per day (mgd) Brookhaven Borough Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge to Chester Creek at River Mile 82.93 - 4.3 (Delaware River - Chester Creek) in Brookhaven Borough, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  3. Melody Lakes Management, LLC, D-1980-079 CP-6. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.072 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Tohickon Creek upstream of Lake Nockamixon, at River Mile 157.0 - 11.8 - 6.4 - 9.1 - 0.1 (Delaware River - Tohickon Creek - Lake Nockamixon - Tohickon Creek - UNT Tohickon Creek) within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Richland Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  4. Kimberly-Clark Corporation, D-1984-053-3. An application to renew the approval of the discharge of up to 0.1 mgd of non-contact cooling water (NCCW) and up to 2.0 mgd of filter backwash and reverse osmosis water overflow (on an emergency basis) from the Kimberly-Clark Chester Facility. The facility will continue to discharge directly to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 4 at River Mile 82.8, in the City of Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  5. Brightsmith, LLC, D-1985-059-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.05 mgd Brightsmith Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant (IWTP) and its discharge of treated industrial wastewater and non-contact-cooling water (NCCW). The application also requests to renew approval of a Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Determination of 2,500 milligrams/liter (mg/l) average monthly effluent concentration. The IWTP will continue to discharge to a stormwater ditch which discharges to Biles Creek, which is a tidal tributary of Delaware River Water Quality Zone 2 at River Mile 130.3 - 1.9 (Delaware River - UNT Biles Creek) in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  6. Eagle Lake Community Association, Inc., D-1987-055-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.5 mgd Eagle Lake Community WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Tamarack Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 106.6 - 2.9 - 0.3 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Tamarack Creek - UNT Tamarack Creek), via Outfall No. 001, located within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Covington Township, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  7. Delaware City Refining Company, LLC, D-1993-004-7. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 186 mgm and a surface water withdrawal of up to 452 mgd to supply the applicant’s Delaware City refinery and electric generating station from nine wells and surface water intakes on the Delaware River, Red Lion Creek and Dragon Run. The Delaware River intake is limited to a 303-mgd average over a year period. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project’s existing groundwater withdrawals and surface water withdrawals from the Red Lion Creek and Dragon Run intakes are approved by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and will continue to be regulated in accordance with the Administrative Agreement (AA) entered on July 2010 and modified on May 8, 2013 by the Commission and the State of Delaware. The project wells are completed in the Upper, Middle and Lower Potomac formations. The project is in Delaware River Water Quality Zone 5, C&D Canal East, Dragon Run and Red Lion Creek watersheds in Delaware City, New Castle County, Delaware. View draft docket.

  8. NRG REMA, LLC, D-1993-060-2. An application to renew the approval of a surface water withdrawal of up to 67.1 mgm from the Delaware River and a consumptive use of up to 12.8 mgm for industrial purposes at the existing Portland Generating Station. The requested total allocation is a reduction from the previously approved allocation of 9,580 million gallons per 30 days (mg/30 days) due to deactivation of two coal-fired units and the associated non-contact cooling requirements. The consumptive use is an increase from the previously approved consumptive use of 3.3 mg/30 days to allow flexibility to operate the facility continuously at full load. The existing withdrawal is in Zone 1-D within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  9. Georgetown Town, D-1994-037 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing export project of up to 1.15 mgd to the Atlantic Basin from existing Wells Nos. 1, 1A and 2R located in the Delaware River Basin to supply water to the applicant’s public water supply distribution system. The applicant also requests to renew the approval to withdraw up to 43.2 mgm of groundwater from three groundwater sources. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project's existing groundwater withdrawals are approved by DNREC and will continue to be regulated by DNREC in accordance with the AA between the Commission and the State of Delaware. The wells are in the Broadkill River Watershed in the Town of Georgetown, Sussex County, Delaware. View draft docket.

  10. Lehigh Township Municipal Authority, D-1994-053 CP-3. An application to renew the existing 0.3 mgd Danielsville WWTP and its related discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Bertsch Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 31.0 - 4.2 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Bertsch Creek) via Outfall No. 001, located within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Lehigh Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  11. Lehigh Township Municipal Authority, D-1994-054 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.06 mgd Pennsville WWTP and its related discharge. Treated effluent will continue to discharge to Indian Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 22.6 - 4.2 - 2.1 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Hokendauqua Creek - Indian Creek), via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Lehigh Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  12. Richland Township Water Authority, D-1996-044 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 46.55 mgm to supply the applicant’s public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Nos. RC-1, RTW-1, RTW-2, WB-2, WB‑3 and QCS-1. The approval will also remove Wells Nos. ML-2, ML-3 and ML-4 from the docket. The project wells are completed in the Brunswick Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous approval. The project is in the Tohickon Creek Watershed in Richland Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  13. Central Carbon Municipal Authority, D-1999-048 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 1.6 mgd Central Carbon Municipal Authority WWTP and its related discharge. The existing WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Lehigh River at River Mile 183.7 - 42.3 (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 the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Mahoning Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  14. Westfall Township Municipal Authority, D-2002-023 CP-6. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.374 mgd Westfall Township Municipal Authority WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent directly to the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, in Water Quality Zone 1C at River Mile 252.5, via Outfall No. 001, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Westfall Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  15. Maxatawny Township Municipal Authority, D-2007-001 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.14 mgd Maxatawny WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge to Sacony Creek at River Mile 92.5 - 86.2 - 2.9 - 5.4 - 2.1 - 6.6 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Maiden Creek - Lake Ontelaunee - Maiden Creek - Sacony Creek) in Maxatawny Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  16. UMH Properties, Inc., D-2007-022 CP-2. An application to include this project into the DRBC Comprehensive Plan. The application also requests approval of a withdrawal of up to 6.0 mgm of groundwater from Wells Nos. 1 and 2 which are located within the Delaware River Basin. The project’s existing groundwater withdrawals are approved by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and will continue to be regulated by NJDEP in accordance with the Administrative Agreement (AA) between the Commission and the State of New Jersey. The Fairview Manor Mobile Home Park water supply system and wells are in Vineland City, Cumberland County, New Jersey. View draft docket.

  17. UMH Properties, Inc., D-2009-021 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.08325 mgd Highland Estates Mobile Home Park WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Mill Creek at River Mile 92.5 - 86.2 - 2.9 - 5.4 - 2.1 - 5.6 - 5.1 - 1.0 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Maiden Creek - Lake Ontelaunee - Maiden Creek - Sacony Creek - Mill Creek - UNT Mill Creek) in Greenwich Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  18. Pocono Plateau Christian Association, D-2013-011 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.015 mgd Pocono Plateau Camp WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Taylor Creek at River Mile 277.7 - 15.8 - 30.6 - 2.3 - 0.83 (Delaware River - Lackawaxen River - Wallenpaupack Creek - Taylor Creek - UNT Taylor Creek) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Coolbaugh Township. The WWTP is in Barrett Township. Both townships are in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  19. Maple Lane Estates c/o PMI, D-2014-004 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant’s existing 0.035 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Pond Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 66.8 - 1.9 - 5.2 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Sandy Run - Pond Creek) within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Foster Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  20. Glenn Springs Holdings, Inc., D-1976-017-4. An application to renew the approval of a groundwater withdrawal, treatment and discharge with a decrease in allocation from 15.5 mgm to 9.22 mgm from the docket holder’s existing groundwater remediation system. Groundwater is withdrawn from eleven existing recovery wells and one new recovery well all completed in the Brunswick Formation. Groundwater is treated by carbon absorption and air stripping before it is discharged via existing Outfall No. 5 to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 50.9 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River), in Lower Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. No increase in the previously approved groundwater allocation or treatment capacity is proposed. The groundwater remediation project is located within the Commission’s designated Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (GWPA) in Lower Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  21. Knights Bridge Corporation, D-1990-054-2. An application to approve an upgrade and expansion to the docket holder’s existing 0.045 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The proposed upgrade and expansion will consist of increasing the facility’s discharge to 0.090 mgd, abandoning the existing treatment facilities, replacing the treatment process with a new Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) system, new headworks facilities, including new grit removal and screening systems, replacing chlorine contact units with ultraviolet (UV) disinfection and appurtenant upgrades. The 0.090 mgd WWTP will continue to discharge to an UNT of Harvey Run at River Mile 70.7 - 1.5 - 14.7 - 2.0 - 0.9 (Delaware River - Christina River - Brandywine Creek - Harvey Run - UNT Harvey Run), via existing Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of Delaware River Zone C7, in Chadds Ford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  22. Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority - DELCORA, D-1992-018 CP‑4. An application to renew and modify the approval of the docket holder’s Western Regional WWTP and its discharge including a re-rate of the WWTP from 44 mgd to 50 mgd, which is conditioned upon the construction of a new outfall at the existing WWTP. The proposed outfall construction project and re-rate was approved by DRBC Docket No. D-1992-018 CP-3 on June 15, 2016, however, the project has yet to be constructed. The requested modification to the DRBC approval consists of an increase in the CBOD20 allocation for the WWTP from 10,500 pounds per day (lbs./day) to 13,761 lbs./day (under 44 mgd operation) and to 15,638 lbs./day (under 50 mgd operation). The WWTP will continue to discharge to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 4 at River Mile 80.7 in the City of Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  23. Village of Buckingham Springs, D-2009-040 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder’s existing 0.1 mgd WWTP and its discharge and a modification of a TDS determination increasing the average monthly TDS effluent limit from 1,000 mg/l to 1,500 mg/l. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to Mill Creek, a tributary of Neshaminy Creek, at River Mile 115.6 - 23.4 - 5.0 (Delaware River - Neshaminy Creek - Mill Creek), in Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  24. Gessner Products Company, Inc., D-2017-014-1. An application to approve the existing 0.100 mgd Gessner Products Ambler Facility and its discharge. The facility will continue to discharge non-processed NCCW to an UNT of Wissahickon Creek, referred to as Rose Valley Creek, at River Mile 92.47 - 12.6 - 13.8 - 0.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Wissahickon Creek - UNT Wissahickon Creek/Rose Valley Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Ambler Borough, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  25. Brookmont Health Care Center, D-2018-004-1. An application to approve the existing 0.040 mgd Brookmont Health Care Center WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Pohopoco Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 41.4 - 26.5 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Pohopoco Creek), via Outfall No. 001, upstream of the Beltzville Reservoir and within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  26. Bangor Area School District, D-2018-007 CP-1. An application to approve the existing 0.023 mgd WWTP and its discharge, and to approve an upgrade replacing the existing WWTP with a new WWTP to be constructed adjacent to the existing WWTP. The upgrade consists of a headworks facility with a fine screen, a new extended aeration package plant, a tertiary filter, and a UV light disinfection system. The proposed WWTP will remain designed for 0.023 mgd and will continue to discharge to an UNT of Jacoby Creek, at River Mile 207.5 - 2.3 - 2.4 (Delaware River - Jacoby Creek - UNT Jacoby Creek) within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  27. Windsor Hills Estates, D-2018-009-1. This draft docket has been removed from DRBC consideration.

To Comment on Public Hearing Items:

Individuals who wished to comment on the record during the public hearing on February 13 were asked to sign-up in advance through EventBrite.

Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on February 13 will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on February 19. Written comment on items scheduled for hearing may be made through the Commission’s web-based comment system, Smart Comment: http://dockets.drbc.commentinput.com. For assistance in using the web-based comment system, please contact Paula Schmitt at paula.schmitt@drbc.gov.

Use of the web-based system ensures that all submissions are captured in a single location and their receipt is acknowledged. Exceptions to the use of this system are available based on need, by writing to the attention of the Commission Secretary, DRBC, P.O. Box 7360, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360.

The public is advised to check the Commission’s web site periodically prior to the hearing date, as items scheduled for hearing may be postponed if additional time is deemed necessary to complete the Commission’s review, and items may be added up to ten days prior to the hearing date. In reviewing docket descriptions, the public is also asked to be aware that project details commonly change during the Commission’s review, which is ongoing.

Business Meeting: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM

The public business meeting on March 13, 2019 will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s December 12, 2018 Business Meeting;
  • Announcement of upcoming meetings and events;
  • A report on hydrologic conditions;
  • Reports by the Executive Director and the Commission’s General Counsel; and
  • Consideration of any items for which a hearing has been completed or is not required.

After all scheduled business has been completed and as time allows, the Business Meeting will also include up to one hour of Open Public Comment. Individuals who wish to address the Commissioners informally during the Open Public Comment portion of the meeting are asked to sign-up in advance through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-meeting-of-the-delaware-river-basin-commission-tickets-55026772558. For assistance, please contact Ms. Paula Schmitt of the Commission staff, at paula.schmitt@drbc.gov.

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the March 13 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on February 13 or a previous date. Commission consideration on March 13 of items for which the public hearing is closed may result in approval of the item (by docket or resolution) as proposed, approval with changes, denial, or deferral. When the Commissioners defer an action, they may announce an additional period for written comment on the item, with or without an additional hearing date, or they may take additional time to consider the input they have already received without requesting further public input. Any deferred items will be considered for action at a public meeting of the Commission on a future date.

Accommodations for Special Needs. Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act who wish to attend the meeting or hearing 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.

Additional Information, Contacts. Additional public records relating to hearing items may be examined at the Commission’s offices by appointment by contacting Denise McHugh, 609-883-9500, ext. 240. For other questions concerning hearing items, please contact David Kovach, Project Review Section Manager at 609-883-9500, ext. 264.

Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Notice Posted: January 30, 2019