Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a virtual public hearing to accept comments on a permit application by New Demi Road, LLC for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit related to construction of a 420,000 square-foot warehouse along Demi Road in Upper Mount Bethel, Northampton County. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM.
The Demi Road warehouse is part of a larger project planned by River Pointe LLC to eventually construct an 800-acre logistics center at the site that will be utilized for office, trucking, and customer service. A permit application for the logistics center project has not yet been submitted to the department. Testimony at the virtual hearing will be accepted for both the warehouse project and the logistics center.
Representatives from DEP’s Waterways and Wetlands Program, the Northampton County Conservation District, New Demi Road, LLC, and River Pointe Logistics Center, LLC will be in attendance.
DEP received an NPDES Permit application for the 303 Demi Road Project in Upper Mount Bethel Township in February of 2021. The permit will regulate discharge of stormwater from construction activities to numerous nearby waterways. The application was deemed administratively complete on June 10, 2021. Eight written public comments were received during the 30- day public comment period from June 26, 2021 to July 26, 2021.
A notice of this public hearing appeared in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Saturday, December 25, 2021 and the Morning Call newspaper on Saturday, January 8, 2022.
Those wishing to register for the virtual public hearing can contact Community Relations Coordinator Colleen Connolly of DEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilkes-Barre at 570-826-2035 or by email at email@example.com
. Please indicate if you wish to offer testimony or log on as an observer. Registration for the virtual hearing will end on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 6:00 PM, 24 hours before the scheduled date and time. Testimony will be limited to the logistics center and warehouse project only.
The WebEx information for the virtual public hearing will be available through the Public Participation tab on DEP’s website at www.dep.pa.gov
. Please select “Public Participation.” All comments, whether delivered orally during the virtual hearing or submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
carry equal weight and consideration with DEP. Written comments will be accepted until close of business on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 by 4:00 PM.
DEP will prepare a comment/response document in regard to the public comments.