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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 18-1385




Environmental Assessment Approval for PENNVEST Funding Consideration

[48 Pa.B. 5581]
[Saturday, September 1, 2018]

Scope: Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Projects for October 17, 2018, Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) Board Meeting Consideration

Description: PENNVEST, which administers the Commonwealth's Clean Water Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), is intended to be the funding source for the following projects. The Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) review of these projects, and the information received in the Environmental Report for these projects, has not identified any significant, adverse environmental impact resulting from any of the proposed projects. The Department hereby approves the Environmental Assessment for each project. If no significant comments are received during this comment period, the Environmental Assessment will be considered approved and funding for the project will be considered by PENNVEST.

 To be considered, the Department must receive comments on this approval on or by October 1, 2018. Electronic comments should be submitted using the Department's eComment site at Written comments can be submitted by e-mail to or by mail to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Use ''PENNVEST SRF-Environmental Assessment'' as the subject line in written communication.

 For more information about the approval of the following Environmental Assessments or the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Programs contact Richard Wright at or the Bureau of Clean Water, Department of Environmental Protection, P.O. Box 8774, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774, (717) 772-4059, or visit the Department's web site at

 Any comments received during the comment period, along with the Department's comment response document will be available at the Department's web site at


CWSRF Projects Being Considered:

Applicant: Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority
County: Indiana and Cambria
Applicant Address: P.O. Box 272
Twin Rocks, PA 15960

Project Description: Proposed construction of sewage treatment plant (STP) sludge dewatering press to replace existing dewatering bag system and sanitary sewers and pump stations No. 5 and No. 6 in the Route 422 area of Blacklick Township. The project includes two sludge dewatering presses, variable frequency drives for existing pump stations Nos. 1—3, two new pump stations (No. 5 and No. 6), 2,200 linear feet of 4-inch polyvinyl chloride (PVC) force main, 1,115 linear feet of 2-inch high-density polyethylene (HDPE) force main, 58,500 linear feet of 8-inch PVC sewer, 4,200 linear feet of 4-inch PVC lateral sewer, 225 manholes, 187 lateral connections to serve 187 existing residences in Blacklick Township. Treatment will be provided at the existing Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority STP (NPDES Permit # PA0218723).

Problem Description: Existing residences currently served by onlot septic systems with 48% malfunction rate.


Applicant: Middle Taylor Township Sewer Authority
County: Cambria
Applicant Address: 504 Waterfall Drive
Johnstown, PA 15906

Project Description: Proposed construction of 25,760 linear feet of 8-inch PVC sewers, 1,671 linear feet of 8-inch HDPE sewers, 1,963 linear feet of 4-inch PVC laterals, 904 linear feet of 4-inch HDPE laterals, 150 precast concrete manholes to serve 148 existing residences in Middle Taylor Township—Benshoff Hill Road area and West Taylor Township—Prosser Hollow Road area. Treatment will be provided at the existing City of Johnstown STP (NPDES Permit No. PA0026034).

Problem Description: Existing 148 residences currently served by wildcat sewers and malfunctioning onlot systems with over 50% malfunction rate.


Applicant: Clinton County Sewer Authority
County: Clinton
Applicant Address: P.O. Box 453
Lock Haven, PA 17745

Project Description: This proposal is located at the Clinton County Sewer Authority Regional Pump Station and consists of the installation of a 16-inch force main under Bald Eagle Creek (to replace an 8-inch cast iron force main) and the replacement of four submersible pumps at the pump station along with associated upgrades.

Problem Description: The Clinton County Sewer Authority Regional Pump Station is located upstream of an 8-inch cast iron force main from the 1950s that is near the end of its useful life and creates a bottleneck that causes capacity issues for upstream users. Additionally, when the pumps were previously replaced at this pump station, the change in pump type caused the effective pumping capacities to be reduced below the permitted capacity, contributing additional problems to sewer capacity for upstream users.


Applicant: Shenango Township Municipal Authority
County: Mercer
Applicant Address: 155 Campground Road
West Middlesex, PA 16159

Project Description: This project includes Phases 2 and 3. These phases will result in the extension of the existing sewage collection/conveyance system into Study Areas 2—4 as identified in their approved Act 537 Plan. They will result in the installation of approximately 33,038 feet of 8-inch diameter gravity sewage main, five sewage pump stations and 9,731 feet of 2-inch and 4-inch diameter forcemain. The additional wasteflow created will be treated at Shenango Township Municipal Authority's existing wastewater treatment plant. This project also contains improvements at the wastewater treatment plant which include a new headworks facility and a new ultraviolet disinfection system.

Problem Description: These Phase 2 and Phase 3 projects address areas with high rates of onlot septic system malfunctioning and will also provide sewer service to Oakleaf Estates Mobile Home Park which consists of 100 residential equivalent dwelling units, thereby allowing the elimination of their wastewater treatment plant. Study Areas 2—4 will be served by sewers and contain 133 households. A sanitary survey of these Study Areas revealed a 61% confirmed onlot malfunction rate. These systems leach untreated and partially treated wastewater onto the ground surface and into the waters of the Commonwealth. This project will eliminate these malfunctioning sewage systems, thereby improving the areas' water quality. The Shenango Township Municipal Authority is under a Consent Order and Agreement with the Department regarding this project.


DWSRF Projects Being Considered:

Applicant: Worthington-West Franklin Joint Municipal Authority
County: Armstrong
Applicant Address: 102 West Main Street
Worthington, PA 16262

Project Description: The proposed project will consist of the installation of 13,000 feet of 2-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch diameter waterline and appurtenances (Craigsville Waterline Extension Project). The project will also add approximately 62 customers in the Craigsville area of West Franklin Township.

Problem Description: Residents of the Craigsville area of West Franklin Borough have poor water quality and quantity due to mining in the area, including high levels of iron, manganese, sulfate, total dissolved solids and low pH. Project will improve water quality and quantity within the service area.

Department of Environmental Protection

Executive Director
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 18-1385. Filed for public inspection August 31, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]

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