Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permits for the Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission; Virtual Public Hearing
[51 Pa.B. 3394]
[Saturday, June 19, 2021]
PAI139601, MS4, Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120, Dauphin County.
PAI139602, MS4, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, P.O. Box 67676, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7676, Dauphin County.
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) Bureau of Clean Water has received a request for a formal virtual public hearing concerning the previously referenced National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System municipal separate storm sewer system draft permits for PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. As Statewide permits, these permits authorize discharges to waters of this Commonwealth throughout Statewide urbanized areas. Commentators on the draft permits have raised questions and concerns including the timing of pollutant reduction plan development and the extent of pollutant reduction activities.
The Department has scheduled a formal virtual public hearing for Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The virtual public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. or earlier if no additional commentators are present.
Individuals who wish to observe or present testimony at the formal virtual public hearing must contact Brian Chalfant at (717) 783-8073 or email@example.com, a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the hearing to reserve time to present testimony. The WebEx information for the virtual public hearing will be available through the Public Participation tab on the Department's web site at www.dep.pa.gov (select ''Public Participation''). Comments, whether delivered orally during the virtual public hearing or submitted in writing to RA-EPPAMS4@pa.gov carry equal weight and consideration with the Department. Written comments may also be mailed to the Bureau of Clean Water, 400 Market Street, P.O. Box 8774, Harrisburg, PA 17105. Use ''MS4 Permits Public Hearing'' as the subject line in written communication. Written testimony and comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021.
Verbal testimony is limited to 5 minutes for each witness. Video demonstrations and screen sharing by witnesses will not be permitted. The Department asks that each organization designate one speaker per group and reminds those presenting that time may not be shared or relinquished to others. More information on the Department's virtual public hearings can be found on the Department's web site at www.dep.pa.gov (select ''Public Participation,'' then ''Virtual Public Hearings'').
Notice of these draft permits was published at 51 Pa.B. 788 (February 13, 2021). The draft permits can be reviewed online by visiting www.dep.pa.gov/CWPublicNotice,selecting ''Applications Received with Comment Periods Report'' and then searching the permit numbers (PAI139601 or PAI139602) in the ''Application No.'' field with the ''Open Comment Periods Only'' field set to ''No.'' Alternatively, interested persons can request to receive the draft permits by e-mail by contacting RA-EPPAMS4@pa.gov. Interested persons may also make an appointment to review the Department files on these draft permits by contacting the Department's File Review Coordinator at (717) 787-5017.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 21-956. Filed for public inspection June 18, 2021, 9:00 a.m.]
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