Friday, December 28, 2018

DEP: Jan. 30 Hearing On Specialty Granules Water Quality Mining Permit In Adams County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the December 29 PA Bulletin (page 7986)  it will hold a hearing January 30 on the NPDES Water Quality permit for discharges from a mining operation into Toms Creek by Specialty Granules, LLC, Waynesboro Road, Blue Ridge Summit in Adams County.
The purpose of the public hearing is to discuss the mining permit application and associated NPDES permit.  Toms Creek is classified High Quality, Cold Water Fishes and Migratory Fishes.
The hearing will address topics identified by the public in previous comments including the following: Social or Economic Justification submitted by the applicant to justify lower water quality discharges, naturally occurring asbestos, historically significant features and any other aspects of the permit application.
The hearing will be held at the Fairfield Fire and EMS Building, 106 Steelman Street in Fairfield starting at 6:00 with an open house to answer questions about the application.
A copy of the permit application is on file for public review at the Adams County Conservation District, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Suite 201, Gettysburg, PA 17325 and at the Department of Environmental Protection, Ebensburg District Office, 286 Industrial Park Road, Ebensburg, PA 15931-4119.
Questions should be direct to DEP’s Ebensburg District Office by calling 814-472-1900.  Read the entire PA Bulletin notice for all the details (page 7986).

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