Friday, December 9, 2016

Susquehanna River Basin Commission OKs Penalties On Natural Gas Power Plants

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission Thursday approved settlement agreements involving $97,000 in penalties related to three Panda Fund natural gas power plants-- the Hummel Plant, a coal to gas plant under construction in Snyder County, and the recently commissioned Patriot Plant in Lycoming County and the Liberty Plant in Bradford County.
The settlements accepted included: Panda Hummel Station LLC for $22,750 for consumptively using water in excess of SRBC’s regulatory threshold; Panda Liberty LLC for $30,000 for consumptively using water from unapproved sources; and Panda Patriot LLC (photo) for $44,250 for consumptively using water from unapproved sources.
Among other actions, the Commission also--
-- Adopted a resolution urging the President and U.S. Congress to provide full funding for the Groundwater and Streamflow Information Program, thereby supporting the Susquehanna Flood Forecast and Warning System;
-- Extended the comment deadline for the Consumptive Use Mitigation Policy to Jan. 30, 2017, to coincide with the comment deadline for the proposed rulemaking;
-- Accepted a settlement offer from Montage Mountain Resorts, LP for $72,000, for failing to comply with docket conditions; and
-- Approved 27 applications, several of which included reduced withdrawal and/or consumptive use rates and two involving into-basin diversions (see lists below).
SRBC’s voting commissioners and alternates were:  Ben Grumbles, SRBC Chair and Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment; Col. Edward Chamberlayne, SRBC Vice Chair, Commander and District Engineer, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Paul D’Amato, Director, Region 8, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; and Kelly Heffner, Special Deputy Secretary for Water Resources Planning, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
For more information, visit SRBC’s Public Participation Center webpage.

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