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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-81



Commission Meeting and Public Hearing

[27 Pa.B. 319]

   The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, January 22, 1997. The hearing will be part of the Commission's regular business meeting which is open to the public and scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in the Goddard Conference Room of the Commission's offices at 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, New Jersey.

   An informal conference among the Commissioners and staff will be held at 10 a.m. at the same location and will include presentations on the GIS and Commission Web Site, U. S. Geological Survey's National Water Quality Assessment Program for the Delaware River Basin and a review of Basin States' policies on discharges to intermittent streams.

   In addition to the subjects listed below, which are scheduled for public hearing at the business meeting, the Commission will also address the following matters:  Minutes of the December 11, 1996 business meeting; announcements; General Counsel's report; report on Basin hydrologic conditions; a resolution to adopt the 1996-1997 Water Resources Program and public dialogue.

   The subjects of the hearing will be as follows:

   Current Expense and Capital Budgets. A proposed current expense budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1997, in the aggregate amount of $3,445,500 and a capital budget (Water Supply Storage Facilities Fund) reflecting revenues of $2,187,500 and expenditures and transfers of $2,074,500. Copies of the current expense and capital budget are available from the Commission on request by contacting Richard C. Gore.

Applications for Approval of the Following Projects Under Article 10.3, Article 11 and/or Section 3.8 of the Compact:

   1.  Manetas Farms, Inc. D-81-40 Renewal 3. An application for the renewal of a groundwater withdrawal project to supply up to 46.5 million gallons (mg)/30 days of water to the applicant's agricultural irrigation system from pond nos. 1, 2 and 3. Commission approval on June 19, 1991 was limited to 5 years. The applicant requests that the total withdrawal from all ponds remain limited to 46.5 mg/30 days. The project is located in Fairfield Township, Cumberland County, NJ.

   2.  CS Water and Sewer Associates D-87-96 CP Renewal. An application for the renewal of a groundwater withdrawal project to supply up to 4.88 mg/30 days of water to the applicant's distribution system from well nos. 1, 4 and 5. Commission approval on April 26, 1989 was limited to 5 years. The applicant requests that the total withdrawal from all wells remain limited to 4.88 mg/30 days. The project is located in Lackawaxen Township, Pike County, PA.

   3.  Stockton Water Company D-95-51 CP. An application for approval of a groundwater withdrawal project to supply up to 1.5 mg/30 days of water to the applicant's distribution system from new well no. 5, and to limit the withdrawal from all wells to 6 mg/30 days. The project is located in Stockton Borough, Hunterdon County, NJ.

   4.  AlliedSignal, Inc. D-96-20. A project to expand the Rohm & Haas Frankford Plant barge dock, operated by AlliedSignal, Inc., on the Delaware River near the Bridesburg area in the City of Philadelphia, PA. The project entails new dredging of approximately 0.44 acre adjacent to the existing barge berth to enable simultaneous mooring of two barges.

   5.  P & S Development Company D-96-40. A project to construct a 30,000 gallon per day sewage treatment plant (STP) to replace an existing malfunctioning septic system. The STP will continue to serve The Village Center at Hamlin, a commercial complex located along State Route 590 approximately 1 mile west of the State Route 191 intersection in Salem Township, Wayne County, PA. The STP will provide secondary biological treatment with the sequencing batch reactor activated sludge process as well as tertiary filtration, chlorine disinfection and dechlorination prior to discharge to an unnamed tributary of the West Branch Wallenpaupack Creek in Salem Township, Wayne County, PA.

   6.  PECO Energy Company D-96-63.  A project to continue operation of the existing United States Steel (USS) Fairless Works Powerhouse and transfer the ownership to PECO Energy Company. PECO proposes to operate the two steam turbines at up to 78 megawatts of electrical capacity to provide electric energy to its regional service center (which in turn can serve the Pennsylvania-Maryland-New Jersey Interconnection Grid). The steam energy will continue to be used by the USS steel fabrication facilities. PECO will divert up to 4,641 mg/30 days (154.7 mgd) of water via the existing USS withdrawal facilities on the Delaware River, primarily for use as cooling water; however, USS will continue to own and operate the intake facilities. The existing cooling water discharge to the Delaware River, just downstream of the intake, will be operated under the responsibility of PECO. The project is located adjacent to the Delaware River in Falls Township, Bucks County, PA, just upstream of the Newbold Island area.

   Documents relating to these items may be examined at the Commission's offices. Preliminary dockets are available in single copies upon request. Contact George C. Elias concerning docket-related questions. Persons wishing to testify at this hearing are requested to register with the Secretary prior to the hearing.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-81. Filed for public inspection January 17, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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