NCRO Weekely Report Nov 23rd-Dec 4th 2009

NORTHCENTRAL REGIONAL OFFICE-WILLIAMSPORT

WEEKS OF NOVEMBER 23-DECEMBER 4, 2009

Issues Requiring the Governor’s (or Governor’s staff) ACTION

Nothing new to report

Issues Requiring the Governor’s (or Governor’s staff) ATTENTION

Nothing new to report

Management and Productivity

Nothing new to report

Recovery Activities

Nothing new to report

What’s Hot/Major Actions

IntelliWatt Renewable Energy, Mount Carmel Township, Northumberland County: On Nov. 17, IntelliWatt submitted the complete response to the third deficiency letter sent by the Air Quality program for their plan approval application to construct a 12.5 megawatt wood biomass fired combustion turbine.  DEP staff provided guidance to IntelliWatt regarding the emissions calculations and suggested that IntelliWatt reduce carbon monoxide below 100 tons per year from the proposed project in order to move from a major to a minor facility.  Air Quality program staff is currently finalizing the technical review of the plan approval and hopes to submit a notice of intent to issue for publication within two weeks.  (Muhammad Zaman 570-327-0512)

First Quality Products, Wayne Township, Clinton County: On Nov. 16, the Air Quality Program received a plan approval application from First Quality Products for a new production line for adult incontinence products.  The volatile organic compounds and particulate matter emissions are major concerns for the proposed project.   Particulate matter emissions will be controlled by a three-stage, high-efficiency dust collector. (Muhammad Zaman 570-327-0512)

Susquehanna Health System/Williamsport Hospital, City of Williamsport, Lycoming County: Susquehanna Health submitted an Air Quality plan approval application for construction a 1.9 MW co-generation unit at its Williamsport campus.  The project has received a $1 million PEDA grant funded by ARRA.  The application review is complete and draft plan approval conditions sent to the Pa. Bulletin for public comment.  The notice should be published on Dec. 5.  Unless there are significant negative comments, the plan approval may be issued the week of Jan. 4, 2010.  (David Aldenderfer 570-327-3648)

Northeastern ITS LLC, Mercer, Venango, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield, Centre, Union, Snyder, Northumberland, Columbia, Schuylkill, Lehigh and Northampton Counties: On Nov. 30, the Watershed Management program received responses from Northeastern ITS to DEP’s Chapter 102/NPDES technical deficiency letter for this fiber optic line project.  Staff is presently reviewing these responses and completion is anticipated this week.  Eight of twelve Chapter 105/Water Obstruction and Encroachment permit applications were published in the Nov. 28 edition of the Pa. Bulletin.  The 30-day public comment period for these applications has now commenced.  (John Twardowski 570-321-6523)

White Pines Landfill, Pine Township, Columbia County: On Nov. 30, an employee of White Pines Corporation notified the Waste Management program that the Borough of Millville told the White Pines Landfill on Nov. 27 to cease discharging leachate to the borough’s sewage treatment plant.  The landfill was verbally informed by the borough that it was in violation of the Landfill Leachate Treatment Agreement by exceeding concentration levels for copper. White Pines has requested permission to temporarily truck leachate to the Montgomery Borough wastewater treatment facility and to store greater than 25 percent of total leachate capacity on-site, which DEP intends to approve.  The department will inform White Pines Corporation that if it cannot resolve the issues with Millville Borough, it will have to submit to DEP within 60 days a permit modification application with plans to modify its leachate treatment plan.  (Patrick Brennan 570-327-3651)

Sandy Ridge Wind LLC, Taylor and Rush Townships, Centre County, and Snyder Township, Blair County: On Nov. 23, the Watershed Management program held a public meeting and a public hearing on an NPDES stormwater construction permit application submitted by Sandy Ridge Wind LLC. About 50 people attended the two sessions with equal balance between supporters and opponents of the project. There were nine people who testified at the public hearing, with seven opposing the project and two in favor of it.  This permit application was submitted in June, and a second technical deficiency letter was sent to the applicant last week.  (David Garg 570-321-6581)

Potential Problems/Potential Major Actions

Emergency Response, Stevens Township, Bradford County: On Nov. 20, Emergency Response Team Member Dave Engle responded to a report of discoloration in Rockwell Creek in Stevens Township.  Engle determined that Johnson’s Quarry was disposing of saw yard dust in a manure impoundment on property owned by Salanka.  The impoundment was breached and discharging to Rockwell Creek.  Engle documented the release for compliance action and the incident was referred to the Water Management program for follow-up.  (Gerald McKernan 570-327-3722)

Emergency Response, Armenia Township, Bradford County: On Nov. 22, Assistant Emergency Response Manager John Erich responded to a 6,000 gallon spill of frack flow back water to the well pad by Fortuna Energy in Armenia Township.  Erich documented the release for compliance action and addressed control measures to stop the release from entering a wetland.  The incident was referred to the Oil and Gas program for follow-up.

(Gerald McKernan 570-327-3722)

Good News/Major Accomplishments

Nelke #1 Orphan Gas Well Plugging and Abandonment Project, Delmar Township, Tioga County: Well cleanout operations have been in process with the service rig through Nov. 20.  The well bore has been cleaned out to about 4,000 feet deep.  Diagnostic logs were run and evaluated.  A mechanical plug was set at a depth of 4,000 feet and a cement plug placed on top.  The plugs appeared to stop the gas flow to the surface.  Plugging operations are currently shut down to monitor the well and plug seal.  Uphole plugging should resume Dec. 7.  (Bruce Jankura 814/342-8134)

GEC Enterprises Inc./Sandra Cooper, Richmond Township, Tioga County: On Nov. 18, the Waste Management program issued a $15,000 civil penalty to GEC Enterprises Inc. and Sandra Cooper for violations of the Pa. Solid Waste Management Act.  Sandra Cooper is the president of GEC Enterprises Inc. and GEC operates The Sign Shop located in Richmond Township. During a March complaint investigation at The Sign Shop, Waste Management staff observed the burning of solid waste in a burn barrel at the business and there was a container of hazardous waste that was not properly labeled.  James Cooper, president of The Sign Shop, informed DEP that hazardous waste generated at the facility is normally disposed at his brother’s body shop at another location or burned at his residence with his household trash, both of which constitute illegal disposal.  Samples were collected from the ash in the burn barrel and the analytical results indicated that toluene was present in the ash.  During the investigation, Waste Management staff found that toluene is used to clean painting equipment at the facility.  James Cooper eventually disposed of the ash from the burn barrel as a hazardous waste and all issues have been resolved at the site.  (James E. Miller 570-327-3431)

Francis J. Palo Inc., Lamar Township, Clinton County: On Nov. 18, the Waste Management program received a $1,652 civil penalty from Francis J. Palo Inc. for the unpermitted burning of solid waste.  While in the field on Sept. 16, Waste Management staff observed black smoke blowing from the old Valley Ag and Turf property in Lamar Township. During the investigation, DEP staff learned that employees of Francis J. Palo Inc. were burning solid waste in a burn barrel at the site.  Palo later informed DEP that the solid waste being burned was office waste from an office trailer that Palo was maintaining for the PennDOT roadway inspector.  Palo removed the burn barrel and disposed of the ash.  Additionally, Palo will be conducting training for its employees regarding unpermitted burning of solid waste.  (James E. Miller 570-327-3431)

Thomas Benjamin, Benton Township, Columbia County: On Dec. 3, the Waste Management program received the final payment of a $1,382 civil penalty from Thomas Benjamin for violations of the Pa. Solid Waste Management Act.  During an April complaint investigation at Benjamin’s property in Benton Township, DEP staff observed that Benjamin had dumped about 125 cubic yards of construction/demolition waste that consisted primarily of shingles and dry wall and had also burned solid waste.  Also, there were about 100 waste tires dumped on his property in another location.  Benjamin told DEP that the solid waste at the dump was from three separate roofing jobs.  He cleaned up the solid waste and disposed of it properly using a licensed waste hauler.  (James E. Miller 570-327-3431)

Outreach/Upcoming Events

Lycoming County Oil and Gas Committee Meeting, Loyalsock Township, Lycoming County: On Nov. 19, Emergency Response Manager Gerald McKernan attended the Lycoming County Oil and Gas Committee meeting at the Lycoming County Emergency Operations Center in Loyalsock Township.  The meeting focused on industry input on safety training for responders and event categorizing for response levels.  Industry representatives from Anadarko, Chief Oil and Gas, East Resources, KTO, Pa. General Energy, and Range Resources were represented at the meeting.  Several others sent letters of support.  The intent is to develop a training program for emergency service organizations responding to drilling and pipeline incidents.  (Gerald McKernan 570-327-3722)

Act 2

MK Express/Altmire Trucking Act 2 Site, College Township, Centre County: On July 23, an MK Express/Altmire Truck crashed on U.S. Route 322 during a heavy rainstorm and lost about 20 to 50 gallons of diesel fuel to the soil along the shoulder of the road.  Emergency personnel placed absorbent booms near stormwater drains to prevent any further contamination.  Minuteman Spill Response excavated more than 59 tons of contaminated material and five confirmatory soil samples were collected from the excavation.  All soil samples came back below DEP’s Statewide Health Standard, and an Act 2 relief of liability for the Statewide Health Standard for soil was granted on Nov. 25. (Randy Farmerie 570-327-3716)

Steam Valley Sunoco Act 2 Site, Lewis Township, Lycoming County: On Nov. 20, the Environmental Cleanup program approved a Remedial Action Completion Report submitted on behalf of Sunoco Inc. for the former Steam Valley Sunoco facility, which documented the remediation of a 1997 unleaded gasoline release. A Statewide Health Standard was attained for gasoline constituents in soil and groundwater, and an Act 2 relief of liability was granted for the regulated substances identified in the report.  (Steve Webster 570-327-3429)

NPDES Majors Backlog Status

Number of Overdue Permits-0

Number of Permits Issued This Week-0

Number of Permits Newly Expired This Week-0

(Chad Miller 570-327-3639)

Items for the DEP Planning Calendar

EQB Public Hearing—Outdoor Wood-Fired Boiler Regulations

December 3 at 1 p.m.

NCRO

I-99 Partners Meeting

December 10 at 10 a.m.

Patton Township Building

Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority LMIP Meeting

December 10 at 2 p.m.

NCRO

(Daniel Spadoni 570-327-3659)

NCRO Weekly Report

NORTHCENTRAL REGIONAL OFFICE-WILLIAMSPORT

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 9-13, 2009

Issues Requiring the Governor’s (or Governor’s staff) ACTION

 

Nothing new to report

 

Issues Requiring the Governor’s (or Governor’s staff) ATTENTION

 

Nothing new to report

 

Management and Productivity

 

Nothing new to report

Recovery Activities

 

Nothing new to report

 

What’s Hot/Major Actions

Chesapeake Appalachia LLC, Oregon Township, Wayne County: Chesapeake Appalachia LLC submitted partial sample results to the Oil and Gas program on Nov. 4 detailing operations at the Robson well pad.  NERO Environmental Cleanup program staff met on-site with Chesapeake on Nov. 5 to discuss further sampling requirements and site characterization needs.  The rock material that was salvaged from the pad as part of the required restoration process will remain on the property until it is determined that there are not any impacts associated with the material.  NERO Environmental Cleanup staff is providing guidance on the proper administrative procedures to achieve Act 2 compliance.  Oil and Gas program staff sent Chesapeake a notice of violation letter for the release.  (John Ryder 570-327-0533)

Penns Valley School District Biomass Project, Spring Mills, Centre County: On Nov. 10, OETD Manager Dave Shimmel and Air Quality Permit Chief Muhammad Zaman met with the Penns Valley School District facilities director and its consultant, Blazosky Associates, to discuss the requirements for submitting a competent Air Quality plan approval application.  The meeting was arranged to ensure that Penns Valley will not have more delays in its application process.  The Penns Valley project is for the construction of a biomass (wood chip) boiler that will be used to heat three buildings on the school district campus.  It also includes constructing a new power plant to house the wood chip fired boiler.  About 84,000 gallons of No. 2 fuel oil will be eliminated at the high school and 348,000 kilowatt hours of electricity will be eliminated to heat the elementary school. This will save more than $200,000 per year for the school district at current energy rates.  (Dave Shimmel, 570-327-3568)

Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Potter, Tioga, Bradford, Susquehanna, Wayne and Pike Counties: On Nov. 9, the Watershed Management Program accepted an NPDES/Chapter 102 permit application and a Chapter 105/Water Obstruction and Encroachment permit application for Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed 300 Line expansion project.  The NCRO will take the lead on these reviews and coordinate with the respective county conservation district offices, NERO and the Army Corps of Engineers, who will be reviewing its own Nationwide Permit application for this project.  The applications did have some administrative deficiencies and the applicant was notified of these.  The applications will be assigned so technical reviews can begin.  (John Twardowski 570-321-6523)

Bionol Clearfield LLC, Clearfield Borough, Clearfield County: The Environmental Cleanup program received progress reports this week from the certified installer and inspector on this large aboveground storage tank installation project.  Bionol, its engineering firm, Fagan Engineering, and tank installer, Brown Tank, were cited by DEP on Oct. 8 when it was determined that 12 regulated tanks had been installed at the facility without using a Pennsylvania certified tank installer.  Bionol has since retained the services of the appropriately certified individuals who report satisfactory progress.  Hydrostatic testing of the tanks, the final step in the installation process, is scheduled to begin the end of this month.  (Steve Webster 570-327-3657)

Waste Vehicle Inspections, Wayne Township Landfill, Clinton County: On Nov. 4-5, Waste Management program staff, along with the Pa. State Police, conducted a waste vehicle operational and safety inspection at the Wayne Township landfill.  There were 108 vehicles inspected by DEP staff during the two day event, with 19 violations discovered on 12 vehicles. There were five violations for not having proper signs, three violations for not having a daily operational log, three violations for leaking loads, three violations for not having a PPC plan, two violations for not having the load properly enclosed, one violation for not having a fire extinguisher, one violation for being overweight, and one violation for not having safety/spill equipment. Ten field notice of violations and two written warnings were issued. The assessments for the violations will range from $100 to $1,500 per violation.  (James Greene 570-327-0536)

Potential Problems/Potential Major Actions

 

Emergency Response, Lawrence Township, Clearfield County: On Nov. 10, DEP Emergency Response Team member Jim Green responded to a truck accident that closed Interstate 80 westbound in Lawrence Township.  The truck was hauling 20 drums of hydroxy xyethylacrylate, an inhalation hazard, and 10 drums of Diethylaniline, an inhalation/corrosive hazard.  Green worked with Clearfield County Emergency Management Agency and Eagle Towing and Recovery.  They determined that the drums had not leaked and the only release was diesel fuel.  The load was transferred, contaminated soil excavated, and the road re-opened.  The incident was referred to the Environmental Cleanup program for follow-up.  (Gerald McKernan 570-327-3722)

Emergency Response, Mansfield Borough, Tioga County: On Nov. 10, DEP staff investigated a tank truck accident that closed Route 15 just north of Mansfield.  The tank truck was reported to be transporting fracking fluids for the gas well industry.  DEP staff determined that the truck was empty and the only environmental damage was lube oil from the tractor.  The incident was referred to the Environmental Cleanup program for follow-up.  (Gerald McKernan 570-327-3722)

 

Good News/Major Accomplishments

 

Pickelner Fuel Company Inc., City of Lock Haven, Clinton County: On Nov. 3, the Environmental Cleanup program finalized a $15,000 civil penalty with Pickelner Fuel Co. Inc. to settle violations of the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act.  The penalty was issued because the facility had failed to conduct tank or piping leak detection for 12 consecutive months for the facility’s five underground storage tanks.  This is the third time these violations have occurred at this facility.  (Steve Webster 570-327-3657)

 

Resilite Sports Products, Upper Augusta Township, Northumberland County: On Nov. 6, the Environmental Cleanup program acknowledged receipt of a Remedial Action Completion Report that documents the company’s efforts in response to the 1986 discovery of a release of methyl ethyl ketone, methyl isobutyl ketone, and acetone.  Resilite has operated at this location for nearly 50 years manufacturing and refurbishing athletic mats.  The release occurred from underground piping associated with two above ground tanks, a leaking underground tank and distribution system, and spills from the filling of the tanks.  Between September 1987 and December 1988, a groundwater containment/recovery system was installed and operated until June 2006.  Quarterly sampling of the groundwater since deactivation of the treatment system has shown all contaminants of concern to be well below the residential Statewide Health Standards.  Resilite conducted the cleanup effort voluntarily and chose not to participate in the Act 2 program.  (Larry Newcomer 570-327-3418)

 

Outreach/Upcoming Events

 

Water and Wastewater Energy Training for Decision-Makers, University Park, Centre County: OETD Manager Dave Shimmel joined several Local Development District (LDD) representatives and two persons from Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences on a teleconference Nov. 10 to continue program development on a 90-minute energy training module for water and wastewater treatment plant board members, supervisors and others responsible for making decisions on energy efficiency in their operations. NWRO and NCRO have been training operators through a partnership with the Pa. Rural Water Association in a day long workshop developed by NWRO OETD.  This is an extension of that effort with the intent to use a multiple approach to reach those treatment plant individuals who decide whether capital expenditures will be made.  The workshop will be taped at Penn State studios to ensure a high quality video. It will be located on Penn State servers to provide fast streaming capabilities as well.  There will be DVDs of the video mailed as well.  The plan is to also offer the workshop on a live basis with presenters traveling to various LDD locations to make evening presentations. Conference call attendees included SEDA-COG, Northeast Pa. Alliance and Southern Alleghenies.  (Dave Shimmel 570-327-3568)

Act 2

Pecha Trucking Act 2 Site, Pine Township, Clearfield County: On Nov. 9, the Environmental Cleanup program approved an Act 2 Final Report for the Pecha Trucking accident involving a release of 50 to 80 gallons of diesel fuel from a tractor trailer that occurred on Aug. 1.  The fuel was discharged to the roadway and soil along Interstate 80. Eagle Towing and Recovery excavated about 50 tons of contaminated soil and sent the soil to a landfill.  Post-excavation soil sample results indicated that the diesel fuel compounds of concern were below DEP’s Statewide Health Standards for a residential setting. Taylor GeoServices completed the reporting requirements under Act 2.  This site received a relief of liability for soil under the Statewide Health Standard.  (Randy Farmerie 570-327-3716)

Former Penn Natural Gas Holder/Regulator Station Act 2 Site, Muncy Borough, Lycoming County: On Nov. 2, a contractor for UGI/Penn Natural Gas conducted remediation activities at a former natural gas holder/regulator station located in Muncy Borough.  The site is one of six included in a multi-site agreement between DEP and UGI/Penn Natural Gas  An NIR for remediation to a Statewide Health Standard for lead in soil was submitted on Oct. 31, 2007.  During site characterization that year, a 30 foot by 10 foot area of lead-contaminated soil was discovered where an aboveground storage tank had been located.  The contamination is believed to be the result of lead based paint; although the area contained fill that included cinders, coal ash and concrete, which may have been the source of lead.  Remediation consisted of excavating 52 tons of soil, backfilling with clean soil, and re-grading of the site.  Post-excavation samples confirmed that the soil left in place contains no lead above Act 2 Statewide Health Standards. (Larry Newcomer 570-327-3418)

NPDES Majors Backlog Status

 

Number of Overdue Permits-0

Number of Permits Issued This Week-0

Number of Permits Newly Expired This Week-0

(Chad Miller 570-327-3639)

 

Items for the DEP Planning Calendar

 

EPA Chesapeake Bay TMDL Public Meeting

Nov. 18 at 5 p.m.

Genetti Hotel–Williamsport

Upper Middle Susquehanna River Water Resources Committee Public Meeting

Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.

NCRO

 

EPA Chesapeake Bay TMDL Public Meeting

Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.

Toftrees Resort and Conference Center

(Daniel Spadoni 570-327-359)

 

NCRO Weekly Report for Nov. 2nd-6th, 2009

NORTHCENTRAL REGIONAL OFFICE-WILLIAMSPORT

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 2-6, 2009

Issues Requiring the Governor’s (or Governor’s staff) ACTION

 

Nothing new to report

 

Issues Requiring the Governor’s (or Governor’s staff) ATTENTION

 

Nothing new to report

 

Management and Productivity

 

Nothing new to report

Recovery Activities

 

ARRA Green Infrastructure Grant, Snyder County Conservation District: The Snyder County Conservation District, working closely with the Watershed Management program, completed its $128,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant on Oct. 30. There were 10,038 containerized trees planted, and the project established 52 acres of riparian forest buffers on 26 sites throughout five northcentral region counties. Twenty-one of the riparian buffer sites were at previous DEP stream bank fencing projects completed over the last 14 months at agricultural operations.  The project improves water quality and reduces stormwater reaching the streams. PENNVEST signed the grant contract on Oct. 8, and tree plantings began on Oct. 13.  This is PENNVEST’s first ARRA Green Infrastructure grant completed in Pennsylvania. (David Garg 570-321-6581)

 

What’s Hot/Major Actions

Compliance Orders/Fort Worth Pipes and B&P Railroad, Sandy Township, Clearfield County: On Oct. 30, the Watershed Management program issued Chapter 102 and Chapter 105 field compliance orders to the operator and the landowner of an earth disturbance project in Sandy Township.  Fort Worth Pipes of Fort Worth, Texas, was clearing and grubbing a 30-acre parcel owned by B&P Railroad to build a natural gas equipment storage area and parking lot.  In addition to not having the appropriate Earth Disturbance permits, there were wetlands impacted and fill was being placed along a flood plain of the creek that runs along the property.  The Chapter 102 orders require an immediate halt to any further earth disturbance and direct Fort Worth Pipes to apply for a permit. The Chapter 105 order requires that a wetland delineation be made and a restoration plan be submitted regarding impacts to the wetlands and flood plain.  The owners of Fort Worth Pipes were cooperative when given the order.  They indicated to DEP staff that they had been informed by their consultant that no permit was required.  (David Garg 570-321-6581)

 

First Quality Paper, City of Lock Haven, Clinton County: A pre-application meeting was held Nov. 2 with First Quality Paper to discuss its plans to construct a third production line at its plant in Lock Haven.  First Quality presently has two parallel production lines operating which are not adequate to meet customer demand.  The company stated that while the Lock Haven site is favored, they are keeping their options open for a site located outside Pennsylvania.  Their tentative schedule is to be permitted by mid-year 2010.  The Air Quality permit needed for the increased emissions could take longer to approve than First Quality’s optimum date for starting construction.  DEP staff committed to working with First Quality staff and EPA to attempt to meet the construction schedule.  First Quality expects to make its site selection by the end of the week.  (Michael Welch 570-327-3695)

 

Fox Hill Wind Energy, Ulysses Township, Potter County: A pre-application meeting is scheduled for mid-November to review a permit submittal next month for a wind energy project in Potter County.  Fox Hill Wind Energy is preparing to submit applications to DEP on Dec. 13 to construct a 70-turbine wind farm in Ulysses Township.  The project is being designed to generate between 100 and 150 megawatts, depending on the size of turbine used. (Michael Welch 570-327-3695)

Chesapeake Appalachia LLC, Oregon Township, Wayne County: On Oct. 29, Oil and Gas program staff met with representatives of Chesapeake Appalachia LLC to discuss the Robson well and the associated spill area.  Although the main cause of the spill is still unknown, Chesapeake took full responsibility for the problem and has hired ERM of Exton as a consultant.  Chesapeake will conduct further environmental sampling and the company will remediate the site as appropriate.  Chesapeake collected samples at the spill location on Oct. 15, and forwarded those results to DEP.  Chesapeake is also working with staff from DEP’s NERO Environmental Cleanup program on the characterization of this site.  Chesapeake expressed some concerns about site security and may make some operational changes in the future. (John Ryder 570-327-0533)

PPL Montour Generating Station, Derry Township, Montour County: On Nov. 3, a multi-program inspection was conducted at PPL’s ash basin No.1 in Derry Township.  Staff from the Waste Management and Watershed Management programs, along with staff from the Division of Dam Safety met with PPL representatives to discuss repairs to several cracks discovered along the basin’s berm.  On Oct. 19, PPL informed DEP that longitudinal cracks had developed on the south side berm of the basin.  Since then, PPL, working with the Division of Dam Safety, had developed a temporary repair plan and had begun repairing the cracks.  The repair work completed so far was satisfactory to Dam Safety staff.  A permanent repair plan will be submitted to Dam Safety for work to begin in spring 2010.  Dam Safety staff also told PPL that it plans to begin immediately the process to revise the classification of the basin to a high hazard dam. Regional Watershed Management staff will begin annual inspections in 2010.  In addition, Dam Safety will work with Waste Management staff on PPL’s intent to revise the basin’s closure plan and will coordinate all approvals that are needed from both programs. During the inspection, PPL was found to be in violation of Waste Management regulations for large erosion gullies found along the berm.  (David Garg 570-321-6581)

Hawbaker Construction Services, College Township, Centre County: Regional staff met this week with Hawbaker Construction and the Centre County Solid Waste Authority on a proposed post-construction asphalt shingle project they anticipate partnering on.  Hawbaker proposes to recycle about 5,000 tons of asphalt shingles in 2010, which is the annual amount estimated going to a landfill from roof replacements in Centre County.  They estimate that these shingles are 20 percent liquid asphalt by weight.  This recycled material will be added to Hawbaker’s mixes in manufacturing residential and commercial asphalt.  The solid waste authority will offer incentives, which will reduce tipping fees for roofing contractors who are willing to separate their waste materials to facilitate this recycling opportunity.  A pilot operation is scheduled to be tested before the end of this year.  (Michael Welch 570-327-3695)

Potential Problems/Potential Major Actions

 

Rick’s Transmission and Drive Line, Cherry Township, Sullivan County: On Nov. 3, representatives from the Waste Management and Environmental Cleanup programs conducted a joint inspection on property owned by Rick Phillips in Cherry Township.  The inspection was done as a result of a complaint investigation conducted in September at the neighboring property owned by George and Vanessa Barnatovich who reported fuel odors in their home.  The Mildred Fire Company responded and detected vapors in the sewer line with the highest level of odors detected at the junction connecting Phillips and Barnatovich to the main line.  During DEP’s investigation, it was determined that a container of waste gasoline had been run over on the Phillips property, releasing it to the ground.  DEP has been conducting indoor air monitoring and testing in the living space and basement of the Barnatovich residence and has established the presence of waste gasoline vapors.  Phillips accepts junk vehicles and drains fluids from them.  During the Nov. 3 inspection, DEP determined that about 850 gallons of waste gasoline was being stored on-site in 55-gallon containers and old storage tanks.  Phillips claimed that he intended to mix the waste gasoline with heavier petroleum base lubricants, such as gear oil, to reduce the viscosity of the gear oil and burn the mixture in a waste oil burner.  Phillips has violated state and federal hazardous waste regulations for not complying with hazardous waste permit-by rule requirements, which requires DEP notification regarding the processing activity of mixing a hazardous waste with waste oil and for not sampling the waste gasoline and resulting mixture prior to burning the waste mixture in the waste oil burner.  In addition, numerous other hazardous waste violations included ten drums of waste gasoline not properly labeled as a hazardous waste; the containers did not display a start accumulation date; the waste gasoline was not being stored in secondary containment; weekly inspections of the waste storage area were not being conducted; and failure to notify DEP or EPA that he was a small quantity hazardous waste generator.  The Waste Management and Environmental Cleanup programs are drafting a notice of violation letter for Phillips and staff from both programs will be on-site at the Phillips and Barnatovich properties early next week to conduct soil and soil gas samples for volatile organic compounds.  (Patrick Brennan 570-327-3651)

 

Good News/Major Accomplishments

 

Del Monte Foods, South Center Township, Columbia County: On Nov. 4, the Waste Management program received a $4,157 civil penalty from Del Monte Foods for hazardous waste violations.  During a routine hazardous waste generator inspection in July, Waste Management staff observed a box containing eight bottles of hazardous waste video jet ink stored in the designated 90 day hazardous waste storage area.  Neither the box nor the bottles were labeled with the words “Hazardous Waste” and were not dated with a start accumulation date.  Additionally, there was universal waste fluorescent lamps at the hazardous waste storage area not labeled and not properly packaged for storage in a compatible container.  Del Monte promptly corrected the violations and evaluated its hazardous waste and universal waste management practices.  (James E. Miller 570-327-3431)

Veolia ES Solid Waste of PA Inc., College Township, Centre County: On Nov. 4, the Waste Management program received a $4,725 civil penalty from Veolia for solid waste transporter violations.  During a Sept. 9 waste vehicle inspection at the Dale Summit Transfer Station in College Township, Center County; DEP staff observed five violations involving four waste transportation vehicles operated by Veolia.  Three of the vehicles were operating without a complete daily operation log, one vehicle did not have the proper signage on the side, and one had a leaking load.  (James E. Miller 570-327-3431)

 

Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority, West Burlington Township, Bradford County: The Waste Management program will issue a permit renewal next week to the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority (NTSWA) for the continued operation of the municipal waste landfill in Bradford County.  The facility is permitted to accept 500 tons of waste as an average daily volume with a maximum of 750 tons on any single day.  The current permit expiration date is Feb. 24, 2010.  DEP regulations require a permit renewal application to be submitted one year prior to expiration, and DEP received the application on Feb. 27.  The renewed permit will allow for an additional 10 years of operation at the facility.  A major action advisory will not be submitted due to the nature of the renewal. (Lisa Houser 570-327-3752)

 

Thomas Benjamin, Benton Township, Columbia County: On Nov. 3, the Waste Management program received a $1,382 civil penalty from Thomas Benjamin for violations of the Pa. Solid Waste Management Act. During an April complaint investigation at Benjamin’s property in Benton Township, DEP staff observed that Benjamin had dumped about 125 cubic yards of construction/demolition waste that consisted primarily of shingles and dry wall and had also burned solid waste at his property.  There were about 100 waste tires dumped on his property in another location.  Benjamin told DEP that the solid waste at the dump was from three separate roofing jobs.  He cleaned up the solid waste and disposed of it properly using a licensed waste hauler.  (James E. Miller 570-327-3431)

After Action Report, City of Williamsport, Lycomig County: On Oct. 29, Emergency Response Manager Gerald McKernan participated in the After Action Report at Pennsylvania College of Technology on the Range Resources full-scale exercise held Sept. 19.  The exercise involved multiple injuries requiring specialized rescue including a high angle, an entrapment under pipe, confined space, and an 8,000-gallon petroleum distillate release.  DEP had four Emergency Response Team members volunteer.  The After Action Report was a critique of the incident by the major parties to learn what went well, where improvement is needed, and training needs.  It was an excellent learning experience.  The exercise was video taped by Senator Yaw with interviews and will be aired Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.  (Gerald McKernan 570-327-3722)

Lycoming County Oil and Gas Sub-Committee on Safety Meeting, Loyalsock Township, Lycoming County: On Nov. 2, Emergency Response Manager Gerald McKernan, as a member of the Lycoming County Oil and Gas Sub-Committee on Safety, attended a meeting at the Lycoming County Emergency Operations Center.  Representatives from several DCNR forest districts were present to discuss signage for gas wells on state forest land to assist emergency services in responding to gas well incidents.  Other items discussed were the After Action Report, and East Resource’s $12,000 contribution for the gas leak incident in McNett Township.  The task force requested DEP to notify them by e-mail when the Oil and Gas program receives the 24-hour notification of drilling so they know there will be activity in that area.  Most of the money from Range Resources was used to purchase a portable four-color plotter for GIS mapping during incidents.  (Gerald McKernan 570-327-3722)

 

Outreach/Upcoming Events

 

Nothing new to report

 

Act 2

Nothing new to report

 

NPDES Majors Backlog Status

 

Number of Overdue Permits-0

Number of Permits Issued This Week-0

Number of Permits Newly Expired This Week-0

(Chad Miller 570-327-3639)

 

Items for the DEP Planning Calendar

 

Nothing new to report

NCRO Weekly Report

NORTHCENTRAL REGIONAL OFFICE-WILLIAMSPORT

WEEK OF OCTOBER 26-30, 2009

Issues Requiring the Governor’s (or Governor’s staff) ACTION

 

Nothing new to report

 

Issues Requiring the Governor’s (or Governor’s staff) ATTENTION

 

Nothing new to report

 

Management and Productivity

 

Nothing new to report

Recovery Activities

 

DEP ARRA Grants Workshop, City of Williamsport, Lycoming County: Office of Energy and Technology Deployment Manager Dave Shimmel was invited by the Larson Design Group to present an overview of DEP grants funded by ARRA and the commonwealth.  On Oct. 27, Shimmel provided a PowerPoint overview and distributed handouts of the various DEP and DCED energy grant programs to more than 60 persons.  The audience consisted of contractors, local government officials, equipment vendors and technical consultants. A representative from PPL was also present to give a presentation on the company’s Act 129 plan.  (Dave Shimmel 570-327-3568)

 

What’s Hot/Major Actions

Ultra Resources Inc. and Fortuna Energy Inc. Permit Revocations, Gains, Elk, Jackson and Ward Townships, Tioga County and Pike and Abbott Townships, Potter County: On Oct. 28, the Oil and Gas program revoked three erosion and sedimentation control permits previously issued to Ultra Resources Inc. and Fortuna Energy Inc. due to technical deficiencies. The program also sent notice of violation letters to the three licensed professionals who prepared the applications. The permit revocations mean that the two gas exploration companies must immediately halt all earth disturbance activities at the sites except those necessary to install or maintain erosion and sediment control or post-construction and site restoration best management practices. Neither company is eligible to re-submit notices of intent requesting the expedited permit process for those locations. These three permits were appealed to the Environmental Hearing Board by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in August and September, prompting DEP to re-examine the permits to determine if they met the Chapter 102 requirements.  In its letter to the three licensed professionals, DEP advises them that additional enforcement action may be taken against them, including possible referral to the Department of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs for disciplinary action.  (Jennifer Means 570-321-6557)

Chesapeake Appalachia LLC, Oregon Township, Wayne County: On Sept. 23, the Oil and Gas program received aerial photos depicting an area of leafless trees extending down gradient from the corner of a gas well pad located in Oregon Township.  The Robson well pad is operated by Chesapeake Appalachia LLC.  The well is drilled and shut in.  On Sept. 24, Oil and Gas program staff initially inspected the Robson well pad and the associated area of concern.  Based on this initial visual inspection, there was no evidence of a surface impact to the area with leafless trees, but the DEP inspector indicated the need for additional subsurface sampling.  DEP staff re-inspected the location on Oct. 15, collected soil samples that had a UV-IR analysis.  This analysis tests for the presence of petroleum products.  During this inspection, a faint petroleum odor could be detected in the soil where the DEP inspector disturbed the subsurface.  Sample results received on Oct. 22 confirmed the presence of a weathered petroleum product in these soil samples.  Chesapeake has been notified of the DEP sample results and the company has initiated an ongoing investigation at the well pad location.  DEP and Chesapeake have scheduled a meeting to discuss this issue on Oct. 29.  (John Ryder 570-327-0533)

 

Chief Oil & Gas LLC, Penn Township, Lycoming County: On Oct. 21, the Oil and Gas program finalized a $2,100 civil penalty with Chief Oil & Gas for past violations at the company’s Bower Unit 1H natural gas well site located in Penn Township.  On May 7, DEP conducted an inspection of the well site in response to a citizen complaint of a potential spill onto an adjacent farm field.  A Chief employee informed DEP that a subcontractor working at the well site had caused a spill while pumping drilling mud from one tank to another.  The spill of the drilling mud onto the ground was reported to Chief by the subcontractor to be insignificant and cleaned up.  Chief never reported this spill to DEP.  Chief submitted analytical results on June 12 of barium and chloride testing conducted on four soil samples, three from inside the spill site, and one from outside the spill site.  The analytical results indicated the barium and chloride levels to be within acceptable levels.  (Jennifer Means 570-321-6557)

Potential Problems/Potential Major Actions

 

Nothing new to report

 

Good News/Major Accomplishments

 

Fred Carson Disposal Services Inc., College Township, Centre County: On Oct. 28, the Waste Management program received a $2,000 civil penalty from Fred Carson Disposal Service Inc. for waste transporter violations.  A waste vehicle inspection was conducted at the Dale Summit Transfer Station in College Township, Centre County, on Sept. 9.  Carson owned two vehicles–a packer truck that did not have an operational record and a roll-off container truck that had a leaking load.  (James E. Miller 570-327-3431)

 

Gerald Lane, Troy Township, Bradford County: On Oct. 21, the Waste Management program received a $2,113 civil penalty from Gerald Lane for violations of the Pa. Solid Waste Management Act.  In June, Waste Management staff observed a large plume of smoke from a distance and responded to a fire at Lane’s property in Troy Township.  At the time of the investigation, Lane was burning a barn that contained household waste, waste tires, a mattress, a propane tank and construction/demolition waste.  Lane was attempting to extinguish the fire but he was not making adequate progress and the Troy Fire Department responded to extinguish the fire.  Lane disposed of more than five tons of solid waste at the Bradford County Landfill from the clean up of the ash residue and remaining waste from the fire.  (James E. Miller 570-327-3431)

 

Outreach/Upcoming Events

 

Act 537 Meeting, Centre Region Council of Governments, Centre County: On Oct. 26, Robert Everett, Daniel Thetford, and Robert Boos of the Water Management program’s Sewage Facilities Planning section, met with the planners of the Centre Region Council of Governments (COG).  The COG represents State College Borough, and College, Ferguson, Halfmoon, Harris, and Patton townships.  The COG has undergone some turnover in staff over the last few years as has the Sewage Facilities Planning section.  The purpose of the meeting was for new faces to meet and to have discussion on the historical, current and possible future developments in sewage facilities planning.  Topics of discussion included special protection waters/anti-degradation requirements; Chesapeake Bay Strategy requirements; review of sewage planning modules and their acceptable uses; Act 537 base plans and updates; current and alternate technologies in on-lot sewage disposal; soil and geology of the Centre Region; and the role of municipalities in the sewage planning process, among others.  The meeting was productive and appreciated by the COG. (Robert Boos 570-327-3399)

Central Pennsylvania Bankers Annual Roundtable Meeting, University Park, Centre County: Office of Energy and Technology Deployment Manager Dave Shimmel was invited by the Pa. Small Business Development Center to provide a PowerPoint overview of state energy programs to a regional banking group.  Shimmel highlighted those energy grant programs that would likely benefit from loan support and participation by these central Pennsylvania banking entities.  Twenty six persons were in attendance at the Oct. 23 session held at the Centre County Visitors Center.  (Dave Shimmel 570-327-3568)

Benton Area School District Biomass Project, Benton Borough, Columbia County: On Oct. 26, the Benton Area School District took one of the final steps in closing out its Pa. Energy Development Authority grants with a preview of its recently completed biomass boiler. The biomass unit is located in a renovated central heating plant that supplies hot water to both the junior/senior high school and the Appleman Elementary School.  The two PEDA grants totaled $700,000 towards an overall project value of just under $2 million. The project will save 45,000 gallons per year of No.2 fuel oil with projected savings of more than $90,000 even using the most expensive biomass fuel.  The system has the capability of firing a variety of biomass fuels such as wood chips, switchgrass or corn.  Office of Energy and Technology Deployment Manager and project advisor Dave Shimmel used the occasion to conduct a final site visit in conjunction with the eventual grant close out.  More than 40 persons attended the event.  (Dave Shimmel 570-327-3568)

Recertification Inspection, Milesburg Borough, Centre County: On Oct. 27, Emergency Response Manager Gerald McKernan participated with the PEMA Act 165 Hazmat Team recertification inspection for Eagle Towing and Recovery. Eagle’s Hazmat Team is contracted to Centre, Clearfield and Clinton counties in the Northcentral Region and several counties in Southcentral Region.  McKernan was tasked with reviewing their air monitoring instrumentation, calibrations records for each instrument, along with a demonstration of operation and data interpretation.  (Gerald McKernan 570-327-3722)

 

Act 2

Basalla Property Act 2 Site, Snowshoe Township, Centre County: On Oct. 23, the Environmental Cleanup program approved an Act 2 Final Report that demonstrated attainment of the Statewide Health Standards (SHS) for soil and groundwater.  On Dec. 18, 2008, 250 gallons of kerosene was released when a valve on an aboveground storage tank was inadvertently knocked open during a fuel delivery by Lucas Oil Company.  Soil downslope and in the former septic leach field were contaminated by the release.  About 120 gallons of kerosene flowed to an unused septic tank that was located downslope of the storage tank.  About 124 tons of contaminated soil was excavated in late December 2008 and early January.  Soil samples were collected and demonstrated attainment of the SHS.  Water with kerosene pooled on top was encountered in the excavation closest to the storage tank.  The kerosene/water mixture from the excavation and unused septic tank was removed and properly disposed.  Groundwater characterization was conducted by installing one monitoring well within the former excavation.  All results were below the SHS.  (Randy Farmerie 570-327-3716)

Bailey Property Act 2 Site, Mt. Carmel Township, Northumberland County: On Oct. 23, the Environmental Cleanup program approved an Act 2 Final Report for the Bailey Property located in Mount Carmel Township.  During a delivery of home heating oil by Duke Oil, a seam ruptured on a 275-gallon aboveground storage tank releasing about 160 gallons.  Minuteman Spill Response, Response Environmental Inc., and Marshall Miller & Associates conducted the remedial activities at the site as well as the submission of the Final Report.  About 60 tons of contaminated soil was excavated and 22 soil samples collected as part of the cleanup activities.  Post-excavation soil sample results indicated that the diesel fuel compounds of concern were below DEP’s Residential Statewide Health Standards for soil, and the site received an Act 2 relief of liability.

(Randy Farmerie 570-327-3716)

Costy’s Used Truck and Auto Parts Act 2 Site, Richmond Township, Tioga County:  On Oct. 20, the Environmental Cleanup program approved the Act 2 Final Report for the Costy’s Used Truck and Auto Parts property along old Route 15 just south of Mansfield.  The final report demonstrated that the Site-Specific Standard had been attained for soil and groundwater on the 30-acre site.  On July 25, 2003, DEP had previously approved an Act 2 Final Report for a 7-acre portion of the auto salvage yard, also for the Site-Specific Standard.   Lowe’s Home Centers Inc. purchased six tax parcels and will retain 26 acres with two lots being subdivided for other commercial development.  The site will be developed into a Lowe’s Home Center retail store and will include a new public water line to service the store.  An environmental covenant was established for the deeds of the affected properties that restricts the use of groundwater and limits the use of the properties to non-residential purposes.  (Larry Newcomer 570-327-3418)

NPDES Majors Backlog Status

 

Number of Overdue Permits-0

Number of Permits Issued This Week-0

Number of Permits Newly Expired This Week-0

(Chad Miller 570-327-3639)

 

Items for the DEP Planning Calendar

 

Nothing new to report

Leak in Jackson Township, Tioga County in the NCRO weekly report

NORTHCENTRAL REGIONAL OFFICE-

WILLIAMSPORT

WEEK OF OCTOBER 12-16, 2009

Issues Requiring the Governor’s (or Governor’s staff) ACTION

Nothing new to report

Issues Requiring the Governor’s (or Governor’s staff) ATTENTION

Nothing new to report

Management and Productivity

Nothing new to report

Recovery Activities

State Line Coastal ARRA Project, Wells Township, Bradford County:  On Oct. 12, URS Corporation began removal of four underground storage tanks and two dispensers at State Line Coastal.  The excavation work, sampling and backfilling should be done by the end of this week. Estimated cost of the project is $77,051.  (Ted Loy 570-321-6518)

What’s Hot/Major Actions

Bionol Clearfield, Fagan Inc. and Brown Tank, Clearfield Borough, Clearfield County: The Environmental Cleanup program issued notice of violation letters on Oct. 8 to Bionol Clearfield, Fagan Inc. and Brown Tank for the installation of regulated storage tanks without using a DEP certified tank installer.  Bionol Clearfield is the permitee, Fagan is responsible for construction of the facility and Brown Tank was hired as a sub-contractor for installation of the tanks.  Twelve tanks ranging in size from 2,500 gallons to 1.5 million gallons were installed without the direct supervision of a person possessing the appropriate certification. Bionol has since hired a certified tank inspector to verify the proper installation of the previously installed tanks and a certified installer to oversee the remaining regulated tank work.  (Steve Webster 570-327-3657)

Lycoming County Resource Management Services, Brady Township, Lycoming County: On Oct. 13, the Waste Management program accepted two applications for the Lycoming County Landfill.  The first is a permit renewal application for the facility.  The second is a minor permit modification for a change in the groundwater monitoring with the addition of monitoring points.  These two permits, in conjunction with a major permit modification for expansion that is currently under review, will allow the landfill to operate for 10 additional years with a projected total life expectancy of 21 years.  (Lisa Houser (570-327-3752)

Clinton County Solid Waste Authority, Wayne Township, Clinton County: On Oct. 7, the Waste Management program accepted a renewal application for the Wayne Township Landfill.  This permit will allow the landfill to operate for 10 additional years.  DEP is currently reviewing a major permit modification for expansion of the facility.  (Lisa Houser 570-327-3752)

Potential Problems/Potential Major Actions

Boil Water Advisory, Borough of Wellsboro, Tioga County: The Borough of Wellsboro issued a Boil Water Advisory and a mandatory water conservation notice on Oct. 13.  One of the borough’s slow sand filters was taken off-line over the weekend for cleaning and maintenance.  Flows through the borough’s second filter became reduced to the point where it could not meet system demand and the borough had to supplement the system with non-filtered water.  The borough is treating this water through super-chlorination.  The operating filter is probably clogging due to high debris in the raw water this time of year.  The off-line filter is anticipated to be back on-line by Oct. 16.  The Boil Water Advisory will be lifted once Wellsboro confirms negative bacteriological sample results on two consecutive days.  At that time, the clogged filter will be taken off-line and cleaned.  (John Hamilton 570-327-3650)

Emergency Response, Monroe Township, Bradford County: On Oct. 7, Emergency Response Team member Dave Engle responded to a truck accident along Pa. Route 414 in Monroe Township.  A truck transporting an excavator spilled diesel fuel when the excavator slid off the truck and traveled 75 yards down the road before breaking its fuel tank along the road shoulder next to Towanda Creek.  Engle worked with the local fire department and the Pa. State Police.  The incident was referred to the Environmental Cleanup program for follow-up.  (Gerald McKernan 570-327-3722)

Emergency Response, Jackson Township, Tioga County: On Oct. 8, Emergency Response Team member Denny Wright responded to a 70 gallon hydrochloric acid spill at an East Resources gas well in Jackson Township.  The release was due to a valve being left in the open position.  Wright and Oil and Gas program employee Mark Barbier investigated to assure proper remediation.  The incident was referred to the Environmental Cleanup program for follow-up.  (Gerald McKernan 570-327-3722)

Good News/Major Accomplishments

Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., Spring Township, Centre County: The Water Management program issued a Water Quality Management permit on Oct. 2 for the construction and operation of a 1.5 million gallon lined wastewater impoundment to store the stormwater from a proposed salt and coal storage pile at Hawbaker’s Pleasant Gap facility.  There will be no discharge associated with the impoundment.  Collected stormwater will be trucked off-site for treatment.  The permit contains five groundwater monitoring points, one being at the Blue Spring that feeds the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission’s Pleasant Gap fish hatchery. (Chad Miller 570-321-6560)

Sunoco Pipeline Release, Coal Township, Northumberland County: On Sept. 29, the Environmental Cleanup program finalized a consent order and agreement with Mallard Contracting, which included a $45,000 civil penalty covering both DEP’s response costs and a fine for violations of the Pa. Solid Waste Management Act.  An initial payment of $15,000 has been received and the remainder of the penalty will be submitted at $5,000 per month.  The consent order and agreement was developed in response to the May 16, 2007 release and contains a schedule to bring the site into compliance with an Act 2 standard.  Characterization and remediation have been ongoing since the original release  of 63,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline in Coal Township when a Mallard bulldozer operating in a formerly mined area punctured a gasoline pipeline owned by Sunoco Logistics. The gasoline was mostly absorbed into areas of soil, fill and coal strippings at the site.  (Randy Farmerie 570-327-3716)

Sensus USA Inc., City of DuBois, Clearfield County: On Oct. 15, the Waste Management program received a $12,678 civil penalty from Sensus USA for hazardous waste violations.  During a routine hazardous waste inspection at two manufacturing plants operated by Sensus, Waste Management staff observed that Sensus had failed to complete weekly inspections of its hazardous waste storage area, universal waste fluorescent lamps were being stored in open containers, and a box of universal waste fluorescent lamps was not properly labeled.  In addition, DEP established that a drum of hazardous waste did not display an accurate start accumulation date and had been stored for greater than 180 days.  Follow-up inspections were conducted by DEP at both facilities and it was determined that all violations had been corrected.  (James E. Miller 570-327-3431)

Outreach/Upcoming Events

Speaking Engagement, Coudersport Borough, Potter County:  On Oct. 13, Water Management Program Manager Robert Hawley addressed the Potter County Commissioners’ Marcellus Gas Task Force at an evening session in Coudersport.  The topic for the session was “Treatment of Flowback Waters and its Effect on Water Quality.”  The session was attended by about 40 people, including several county and township officials, an aide to Congressman Glenn Thompson, gas well drilling industry representatives, various Trout Unlimited groups, and a member of the news media.  The discussion was lively and lasted about three hours.  (Robert Hawley 570-327-0530)

Regional Recycling Roundtable, Wayne Township, Clinton County: On Oct. 9, the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority hosted a quarterly regional recycling roundtable at the Restless Oaks restaurant.  Thirty people, including municipal and county recycling coordinators, a representative of the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP), a private recycler, and DEP regional and central office staff attended the meeting.  The NCRO recycling coordinator updated attendees on the status of DEP recycling grants, including Section 901 county solid waste planning grants, Section 902 recycling program grants, Section 904 recycling performance grants, and Act 198 resource recovery grants.  The PROP board president discussed proposed legislation to extend the recycling fee, which funds DEP’s recycling grants, through 2020.  DEP central office staff spoke regarding DEP’s proposed revisions to the municipal waste regulations and proposed landfill disposal bans.  DEP central office staff also spoke regarding the Community Cleanup Program, which provides technical assistance and grant funding for illegal third party dumpsite cleanups.  The meeting concluded with a tour of the authority’s recycling center, mulching operation, and landfill. (Patrick Brennan 570-327-3651)

Act 2

Nothing new to report

NPDES Majors Backlog Status

Number of Overdue Permits-0

Number of Permits Issued This Week-0

Number of Permits Newly Expired This Week-0

(Chad Miller 570-327-3639)

Items for the DEP Planning Calendar

DEP Regional Citizens Roundtable Meeting

Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

NCRO

White Pines Landfill LMIP Meeting

Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Millville, Columbia County

(Daniel Spadoni 570-327-3659)

Northcentral Regional Office of DEP Report for Sept 28th-Oct 2nd

NORTHCENTRAL REGIONAL OFFICE-WILLIAMSPORT

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 2, 2009

Issues Requiring the Governor’s (or Governor’s staff) ACTION

Nothing new to report

Issues Requiring the Governor’s (or Governor’s staff) ATTENTION

Nothing new to report

Management and Productivity

Nothing new to report

Recovery Activities

Nothing new to report

What’s Hot/Major Actions

Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. Spill, Dimock Township, Susquehanna County: On Sept. 24, the Oil and Gas program issued an order to Cabot requiring the company to cease the hydro fracking of any wells in Susquehanna County until the company completes a number of important engineering and safety tasks.  The order requires Cabot to develop within 14 days an updated and accurate Preparedness, Prevention and Contingency Plan and Control and Disposal Plan for all permitted well pad sites in Susquehanna County. The company must conduct an engineering study of all equipment and work practices associated with hydraulic fracturing at all well sites in the county within 21 days. Cabot also must place the approved Preparedness, Prevention and Contingency Plan and Control and Disposal Plan in a conspicuous location at each permitted well site and provide a copy to each contractor and subcontractor working at any well site. Contractors and subcontractors cannot begin work at any well site until they receive the two plans.  (Jennifer Means 570-321-6557)

TerrAqua Resource Management LLC Public Hearing, City of Williamsport, Lycoming County: On Sept. 30, a public hearing was held by DEP’s Water Management program to receive testimony regarding TerrAqua’s draft NPDES industrial wastewater permit. The company wants to construct a plant to treat gas well drilling wastewater.  This public hearing follows a public meeting that was held July 8, which generated significant public interest and comment.  About 60 people attended the public hearing with 12 people providing oral testimony.  Clean Water Action was the only statewide environmental group that provided testimony.  DEP will continue to accept written testimony and comments regarding this permit application through Oct. 7.  (Robert Hawley 570-327-0530)

Northeastern ITS LLC, Mercer, Venango, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield, Centre, Union, Snyder, Northumberland, Columbia, Schuylkill, Lehigh and Northampton Counties: The Pa. Bulletin notice for the Chapter 102 permit application was published Sept. 26 for this fiber optic line project.  AECOM, consultant for Northeastern ITS, continues to update the mapping for the Chapter 102 permit application.  One such update now includes a portion of Columbia County.  This change will necessitate a revised notice to the Pa. Bulletin.  NWRO has not received any revised Chapter 105 applications.  (John Twardowski 570-321-6523)

Emergency Response, Pine Creek Township, Clinton County: On Sept. 22, Emergency Response Manager Gerald McKernan responded to a residual waste spill along Pa. Route 220 in Pine Creek Township.  A Dirt Inc. truck was transporting gas drilling fines from a Chesapeake gas well in Bradford County to the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority in Wayne Township.  For an unknown reason, the truck lost the entire load from the Avis exit of Route 220 to the landfill in Wayne Township.  The local fire department was washing the residual waste from the road surface until requested to stop.  PennDOT then used a street sweeper to remove the sludge from the road surface.  Eagle Towing and Recovery was hired to remove the residue from the shoulder of the road.  Appalachian Utilities has a drinking water well in the immediate vicinity supplying Avis Borough and Pine Creek Township.  The incident was referred to the Waste Management program for follow up.  (Gerald McKernan 570-327-3722)

Potential Problems/Potential Major Actions

Watrous Water Association, Gaines Township, Tioga County: Water Supply Management program staff continue to deal with the Watrous Water Association regarding its community water system.  The association board discontinued use of the Benaur Spring since there was no disinfection on that source.  The property owners of the land where the spring is located stated that they will not allow the association to use their land to provide power or construct buildings in order for disinfection to occur.  The association has reverted to using Hanky Panky Spring as its sole source, which is also under the influence of surface water and needs to either be abandoned or filtered.  Exceedingly high water use due to seasonal use of homes and cabins on the system has caused problems meeting the demand.  A number of association board members have threatened to resign and have told a number of system customers that they should be drilling individual wells.  Watrous Water Association has neither the financial nor managerial capabilities to run a community water system.  DEP staff will continue to work with the association though it appears a compliance document will ultimately be needed to keep the association moving in a positive manner to comply with our regulations.  (John Hamilton 570-327-3650)

Good News/Major Accomplishments

Sewage Connection Limitations Lifted, Moshannon Valley Joint Sewer Authority, Centre County: In 2002, Moshannon Valley Joint Sewer Authority and its tributary communities of Morris, Rush, and Decatur Townships, and Chester Hill and Philipsburg Boroughs were placed on sewage planning restrictions.  The sewage treatment plant was hydraulically and organically overloaded, experienced bypasses, and had multiple effluent violations.  Most of the problems were associated with excessive inflow/infiltration entering the collection systems in the respective municipalities.  Through consent orders and agreements with each of the tributary municipalities, the collections systems were rehabilitated to eliminated the excessive inflow/infiltration.  The flows have been greatly reduced, no effluent violations have been reported for at least two years, and the treatment plant is no longer in an existing or projected overload.  On Sept. 28, the Water Management program lifted the planning restrictions.  (Robert Boos 570-327-3399)

M.W. Farmer Co., South Williamsport Borough, Lycoming County: On Sept. 23, the Waste Management program received the final payment of a $48,000 civil penalty issued to the M.W. Farmer Co. for residual waste violations.  The civil penalty was part of a November 2005 consent order and agreement with Farmer to correct residual waste violations that included accepting and storing residual waste associated with the removal and salvaging of underground storage tanks, and the acceptance and storage of waste oil, which requires a permit from DEP, at the company’s property in South Williamsport. (James E. Miller 570-327-3431)

Casella Waste Management of New York Inc., Ulysses Township, Potter County:  On Sept. 24, the Waste Management program finalized a $3,000 civil penalty with Casella Waste Management of New York Inc. for waste transporter violations noted during an Aug. 26 waste vehicle inspection at the Potter County Transfer Station.  Casella operated two waste transportation vehicles that lacked the required sign to identify the type of solid waste being transported.  (James E. Miller 570-327-3431)

On-Lot Sewage Crisis, Lycoming Sanitary Committee, Lycoming County: The committee relies on an 85 percent state grant to cover operating expenses. Because of the budget impasse and the early depletion of allocated funds under the previous budget, the committee is currently operating on a $150,000 line of credit from a local bank that is projected to run out on Sept. 25. This is in addition to the 2008 state reimbursement of $260,000 that it is still waiting to receive for the previous year’s expenses. The board had voted to permanently close down the agency if it doesn’t get the state reimbursement by Sept. 25.  UPDATE: During its meeting on Sept. 24, the board decided to keep the doors open until November when it will reevaluate staying in operation or closing and filing for bankruptcy.  The hope is that by November the state budget will be resolved, the grant program funded, and the 2008 reimbursement received. (Robert Boos 570-327-3399)

Outreach/Upcoming Events

Conservation District Roundtable, Northcentral Region: On Sept. 25, the Watershed Management program hosted the fall conservation district roundtable meeting with our conservation district partners.  Conservation district staff from 12 districts attended and heard reports and took part in discussion on the Lycoming County nutrient trading project; an update on the Oil and Gas program in the NCRO; increased activity in regional agricultural compliance; and an update from central office staff on the newly revised Chapter 102 erosion control regulations.  The group then divided into program specific breakout sessions to further discuss program issues with the respective program staff.  Two of these roundtable meetings are held each year to further increase the communication and close working relationship with our conservation districts and to exchange ideas and concerns on specific issues.  (David Garg 570-321-6581)

Green Career Day, Mt. Pisgah State Park, Bradford County: On Sept. 30, two Water Management biologists were invited for the fourth year in a row to set up a station at the Career Day for 8th graders from Tioga, Bradford and Sullivan Counties.  DEP was one of 21 agencies and green industries represented at the Career Day.  Students learned about the importance and variety of natural resource job opportunities that exist in the Northern Tier.  As in years past, the DEP station was very popular with around 32 students learning about fish capture techniques, fish identification and health and environmental conditions that affect fish populations.  Many questions were asked and interest was shown in a career with DEP. (Tom Randis 570-327-3781)

OSHA Refresher and General Safety Training, Northcentral Regional Office: On Sept. 23, Gerald McKernan, Jack Kernan, John Erich and Denny Wright conducted OSHA Refresher and General Safety Training to eleven NCRO employees.  The training provided employees with an overview of hazardous material safety procedures, Office of Administration, DEP’s and Field Operation’s safety policies, and basic standard operating procedures.  (Gerald McKernan 570-327-3722)

Table Top Exercise, City of Lock Haven, Clinton County: On Sept. 29, Emergency Response Manager Gerald McKernan participated in a table top exercise at the Clinton County Emergency Operations Center in Lock Haven.  The exercise was a fracking pipe failure resulting in a heating oil release and a brush fire at a well site in Grugan Township.  Other state agencies participating in the exercise were the State Police, PennDOT, PEMA, and DCNR, along with local emergency fire and medical services.  The exercise was managed by O’Brien’s Response Management and funded by Anadarko.  It was an excellent networking and learning experience for all participants.  Communication problems were the major issue due to the remoteness of the location, lack of cell service, satellite phone connectivity, and lack of radio communications by Anadarko with the county.  (Gerald McKernan 570-327-3722)

Act 2

Palmer Industrial Coatings Inc. Act 2 Site, Woodward Township, Lycoming County: Palmer Industrial Coatings was granted Act 2 relief of liability on Sept. 30 for soil contaminated with gasoline, diesel and heating oil.  The soil was remediated to meet Statewide Health Standards.  One 2000-gallon underground storage tank that previously held heating oil and two 1000-gallon tanks that previously held gasoline/diesel fuel were located onsite.  The tanks were removed starting in June 2008 by M.W. Farmer.  Soil was found to be contaminated with gasoline, diesel and heating oil constituents and was excavated.  Three confirmatory soil samples were taken below each tank for a total of nine samples.  All soil samples came back below DEP’s Statewide Health Standards.  About 74 tons of contaminated soil was disposed at Lycoming County Landfill.  (Randy L. Farmerie 570-327-3716)

Rainey Property Act 2 Site, Bell Township, Clearfield County: On Sept. 30, the Environmental Cleanup program approved an Act 2 Final Report that demonstrated attainment of the Site-Specific Standard for soil and groundwater.  In 1998, gasoline contaminated groundwater was discovered at a property across the road from the site.  DEP’s investigation revealed that the site was a former gasoline station and in the mid-1980s underground storage tanks were removed without closure sampling being conducted.  The property owner, Richard Rainey, refused to complete site characterization.  As a result, DEP issued an administrative order on Jan. 18, 2002.  Soil and groundwater characterization were completed for the site.  About 114 tons of contaminated soil was removed from the former tank pit area.  Sampling of soil and groundwater demonstrated attainment of the Site-Specific Standard.  (Randy Farmerie 570-327-3716)

FB Leopold Act 2 Site, Watsontown Borough and Delaware Township, Northumberland County: On Sept. 23, the Environmental Cleanup program approved the Act 2 Final Report for the attainment of a Non-Residential Statewide Health standard for soil and groundwater at the FB Leopold Media Filter Company in Watsontown.  The site was used for brick manufacturing from 1913 through 1986, and a coal gasification plant was operated on a portion of the site from 1979 to 1984.  In 1990, the site became an anthracite screening operation.  FB Leopold operated from 1996 through 2006, when the current owner, ITT Corporation, assumed operations.  An environmental site assessment detected isolated areas of soil contamination.  Remediation consisted of excavation of these impacted soil areas, and the collection of post-remedial samples confirmed that Act 2 Non-Residential Statewide Health standards had been attained.  An executed environmental covenant was submitted to ensure that the site use remains non-residential and that groundwater not be used as a potable water source. (Larry Newcomer 570-327-3418)

NPDES Majors Backlog Status

Number of Overdue Permits-0

Number of Permits Issued This Week-0

Number of Permits Newly Expired This Week-0

(Chad Miller 570-327-3639)

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