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03/28/2018

DEP to Hold Public Hearing on Cheswick Generating Station Draft Discharge Permit


Pittsburgh, PA
– The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public hearing to receive testimony from citizens on the DEP’s tentative decision to issue National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit No. PA0001627 to NRG Power Midwest LP for discharges from the Cheswick Generating Station.

The hearing will take place on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Springdale Jr/Sr High School’s Marshall Auditorium, 501 Butler Road, Springdale, PA 15144. Doors will open and onsite registration will begin at 6 PM. The hearing may conclude earlier if all testifiers in attendance have spoken prior to the designated end time.

Individuals will have the opportunity to present up to 5 minutes of oral testimony relevant to the NPDES permit application and draft NPDES permit. Those who wish to present testimony are asked to register in advance by contacting DEP’s community relations coordinator Lauren Fraley at lfraley@pa.gov or 412-442-4203. Registration will be taken through Tuesday, April 24 at noon. Individuals will be called to testify in the order they registered. Time permitting, those who did not register will be given the opportunity to testify. In order to accommodate the greatest number of residents interested in testifying, DEP requests that organizations designate one individual to speak on their behalf.

DEP will record testimony and receive written comments throughout the hearing. Testifiers should bring at least one copy of their testimony and exhibits for submission to DEP. Persons unable to attend the hearing may submit three copies of a written statement and exhibits within 10 days thereafter to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Clean Water, P.O. Box 8774, Harrisburg, PA, 17105-8774. Written submittals must contain the following:
•    Name, address and telephone number of the person submitting the comments.
•    Identification of the proposed draft NPDES Permit No. (PA0001627).
•    Concise statements regarding the relevancy of the information in support of or objections to issuance of the NPDES Permit.

Cheswick is currently operating under an administratively extended permit that expired on August 31, 2012. There are two existing discharges of industrial wastewater to the Allegheny River, approximately 15 miles from the confluence with the Ohio River. In addition, there are four additional discharges, one of industrial wastewater and three of stormwater to Little Deer Creek, approximately five miles from the confluence with the Allegheny River.

DEP received written comments on the draft permit during a 30-day comment period after the draft permit was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on January 13, 2018. The draft permit is available for review on DEP’s website http://dep.pa.gov/southwest.  

Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how DEP may accommodate your needs.

WHAT: Public hearing on DEP’s intent to issue a NPDES permit to Cheswick Generating Station
WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM)
WHERE: Springdale Jr/Sr High School’s Marshall Auditorium, 501 Butler Road, Springdale, PA 15144

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Fraley, 412-442-4203
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