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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-436




Environmental Assessment Approval for PENNVEST Funding Consideration

[50 Pa.B. 1791]
[Saturday, March 21, 2020]

Scope: Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Projects for April 22, 2020, Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) Board meeting consideration

Description: PENNVEST, which administers the Commonwealth's Clean Water State Revolving 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 projects will be considered by PENNVEST.

 To be considered, the Department must receive comments on this approval on or by Monday, April 20, 2020. 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 and response document will be available on the Department's web site at

 Upon approval, the full list of approved projects and their costs can be found in a press release on PENNVEST's web site at


CWSRF Projects Being Considered:

Applicant: Eastern Snyder County Regional Authority
County: Snyder
Applicant Address: 870 South Front Street
Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Project Description: This project consists of several upgrades and improvements that do not result in changes to hydraulic or organic capacities of the system and plant. Most of the project consists of ''like-for-like'' replacements. The project includes pump replacements and other rehabilitation efforts at the Shamokin Dam Pumping Station and the Main Pump Station. At the wastewater treatment plant, the project includes replacement of pumps and valves located throughout the plant, replacement of blowers, replacement of the belt filter press with screw presses for solids handling, upgrade of various electrical components, including control panels and lighting throughout the plant, and other various activities such as ventilation upgrades.

Problem Description: The existing sewage treatment plant and pump stations (PS) for the Eastern Snyder County Regional Authority were constructed in the late 1970s. While some upgrades to the biological process were made at the plant in 2003, many components of the plant are nearing or at their end-of-useful life. Additionally, many individual pieces of equipment no longer have replacement parts available, making repairs difficult. Furthermore, the belt filter press solids handling system is less efficient and effective than newer technologies.


Applicant: New Castle Sanitation Authority
County: Lawrence
Applicant Address: 102 East Washington Street
New Castle, PA 16101

Project Description: The existing headworks building will be renovated. A new mechanical and a manual bar screen will be installed in the renovated flow channel. The primary and secondary scum PSs will be demolished, and two new scum PSs will be constructed. The primary and final clarifiers and digesters will be repaired. An anoxic tank and a new fat, oil, grease and sludge receiving area will be constructed.

Problem Description: The Department issued a Consent Order and Agreement to eliminate secondary bypassing of flows, as well as to provide general upgrades to the system and eliminate wet weather bypasses of blended sewage to the waters of this Commonwealth.


Applicant: Washington Township Municipal Authority of Clarion County
County: Clarion
Applicant Address: P.O. Box 113
Fryburg, PA 16326

Project Description: The project includes two sewer extensions, namely the Northern Extension and the Southern Extension. The Northern Extension is a low-pressure sewer with a booster PS and the Southern Extension is a gravity sewer. Geographically, the Northern Extension includes Old Fryburg Road, the eastern side of Route 208 at the northern end of Fryburg, the northern side of Route 208 and Dempseytown Road. The Southern Extension covers State Route 208, south of Hargenrader Lane to Toms Lane.

Problem Description: Failing onlot septic systems exist in the project area. Also, during a Sewage Needs Survey, it was noted that gray water or inadequately treated sewage was being discharged to roadway and stormwater ditches.


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

Project Description: The project includes installing approximately 9,515 linear feet of 8-inch diameter gravity sewage mains, two sewage PSs, and 4,190 linear feet of 2-inch and 4-inch diameter forcemains. Phase 3 also includes the improvements to the wastewater treatment plant including a new headworks facility and a new UV disinfection system.

Problem Description: Failing onlot septic systems exist in the project area. The Shenango Township Municipal Authority is under a Consent Order and Agreement from the Department to address the issue.


DWSRF Projects Being Considered:

Applicant: Mount Penn Borough Municipal Authority
County: Berks
Applicant Address:200 North 25th Street
Reading, PA 19606-2075

Project Description: The Mount Penn Borough Municipal Authority (Authority) has proposed replacing 5,000 linear feet of existing 4-inch and 6-inch diameter waterlines along Perkiomen Avenue with new 8-inch diameter ductile iron pipe. The new waterline will be tied into the existing distribution system, approximately 175 feet east of the intersection of Perkiomen Avenue and South 23rd Street.

Problem Description: The existing waterline along Perkiomen Avenue is believed to have several leaks which have contributed to the system's overall water loss. The Department of Transportation is in the process of rebuilding Perkiomen Avenue, which will include installing a new storm sewer line that will interfere with the existing waterline. With the structural integrity of the existing waterline already in question and the proposed road construction that is to occur, the Authority has determined this to be a good opportunity to replace the waterline.


Applicant: Mahoning Township Municipal Authority
County: Armstrong
Applicant Address: P.O. Box 60
Distant, PA 16223

Project Description: This water system improvements project consists of purchasing and installing a new meter vault, approximately 13,000 linear feet of 8-inch high density polyethylene waterline, a new booster PS equipped with 100 horsepower duplex pumps and an emergency generator. The project also includes purchasing and installing a new 200,000-gallon elevated composite storage tank with a mixing system to address occurrences of trihalomethanes maximum contaminant levels exceedances. This will increase water delivery rate, increase system pressures and reduce instances of total trihalomethanes (TTHM) violations.

Problem Description: The existing Mahoning Township Municipal Authority water system is over 55 years old and has been plagued by insufficient water delivery rate, low system pressures and capacity issues. The existing booster station pumps are aged and the booster station does not have an emergency power back-up. The piping from the booster station to the existing 188,000-gallon standpipe is a 3-inch diameter water main which lacks capacity and has experienced multiple leaks and breaks. The existing standpipe is not equipped with a mixing system and has caused the system operator to receive notices of violation for TTHM disinfection by-product issues.

Department of Environmental Protection

Executive Director
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-436. Filed for public inspection March 20, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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