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DEP To Host Public Hearing on Proposed Warehouse Project in Monroe County

02/14/2024

Wilkes-Barre - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public hearing for the proposed Warner Road Warehouse Project in Pocono Township, Monroe County. The hearing will be held on Monday, March 4, 2024 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM at the Pocono Mountain School District Swiftwater Elementary Center located at 135 Academic Dr, Swiftwater, PA 18370. Core5 Industrial Partners of Harrisburg (Core5) has applied for a National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) permit for a discharge of stormwater from construction activities. Representatives from DEP's Waterways & Wetlands Program, the Monroe County Conservation District, and Core5 Industrial Partners, LLC will be in attendance for the hearing.

Core5 plans to construct a 702,000 square-foot warehouse building along Warner Road. The project also includes the construction of car parking lots, truck loading docks, trailer parking areas, access drives, stormwater basins, and on- and off-site utilities. The NPDES permit is for the discharge of stormwater to Pocono Creek, which is a High Quality-Cold Water Fishes and Migratory Fishes stream, and to Exceptional Value wetlands.

DEP received the NPDES application in July of 2023. The application was deemed administratively complete on August 11, 2023. Written public comments were received during the public comment period.

DEP requests that individuals wishing to testify at the hearing submit a written notice of intent to Colleen Connolly, Community Relations Coordinator at: coconnolly@pa.gov. DEP will accept requests up to the day of the hearing. DEP requests that individuals limit their testimony to 5 minutes so that all have the opportunity to testify. DEP can only review comments made with regard to the NPDES application. All comments, whether delivered orally during the hearing or submitted in writing, will carry equal weight and consideration with DEP. Individuals attending the hearing will have the opportunity to testify if they so desire; however, individuals who preregister to testify will be given priority on the agenda.

Persons with a disability who wish to testify and require an auxiliary aid, service, or other accommodation should contact Colleen Connolly at: coconnolly@pa.gov or the Pennsylvania Hamilton Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how the Department can meet their needs.

The NPDES permit application documentation is available for review at the Monroe County Conservation District, located at 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. It is also available on the DEP Northeast Regional Office Community Information Webpage at: CORE 5 Monroe County Warehouse or at the DEP Northeast Regional Office, located at 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 (570) 826-2511.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, please visit website, or follow DEP on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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