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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-1794




Environmental Assessment Approval for PENNVEST Funding Consideration

[50 Pa.B. 7257]
[Saturday, December 19, 2020]

Scope: Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Projects for January 20, 2021, 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 project will be considered by PENNVEST.

 To be considered, the Department must receive comments on this approval on or by Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Electronic comments should be submitted using the Department's eComment tool 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 Protec- tion, 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: Brown Township Municipal Authority
County: Mifflin
Applicant Address: 7748 State Route 655
Reedsville, PA 17084

Project Description: This project consists of constructing a new 60-foot diameter circular final clarifier, modifying yard piping and existing tanks to split flow between clarifiers and installing a new utility water pump system.

Problem Description: The existing rectangular clarifiers are permitted as backup clarifiers. However, due to lack of continual service, age and maintenance needs, the backup clarifiers can only be used for very short periods of time when emergency conditions require the existing circular clarifier to be out of service. Redundancy and improved operational reliability are needed.


Applicant: Franklin Township Supervisors
County: Lycoming
Applicant Address: 61 School Lane
P.O. Box 85
Lairdsville, PA 17742

Project Description: The project consists of constructing 8,500 linear feet of gravity sewers, 41 manholes, a pumping station and 1,800 linear feet of force main that will send sewage to a new 25,000-gallon per day (gpd) sequencing batch reactor sewage treatment plant. The plant will discharge to Little Muncy Creek, a cold-water fishery. The treatment technology selected will minimize the credits that must be purchased to comply with the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy, reducing long-term operation and maintenance costs.

Problem Description: The Village of Lairdsville in Franklin Township is a documented needs area due to malfunctioning onlot systems combined with small lot sizes and unsuitable soils. A sanitary survey of 36 of the 64 properties was conducted in the proposed service area, finding five malfunctions, a 13.8% malfunction rate. Additionally, 12 of the surveyed properties were determined to have substandard onlot systems.

Applicant: Perry Township
County: Mercer
Applicant Address: 1096 Fredonia Road
P.O. Box 69
Hadley, PA 16130

Project Description: The proposed project includes the construction of 42,500 linear feet of pressure sewer mains and pressure service laterals, 118 simplex grinder pumps, one duplex grinder pump, one triplex grinder pump and a 46,000-gpd extended aeration wastewater treatment plant.

Problem Description: This project addresses sewage needs for the Hadley and Camp Perry areas of Perry Township that are currently served by onlot systems. These are the more heavily developed areas within the Township with an onlot malfunction rate of approximately 86% including a wildcat sewer which has seven homes connected. The recommended solution is a new wastewater treatment plant and low-pressure sewer system for the Hadley and Camp Perry areas. These onlot systems leach untreated and partially treated wastewater onto the ground surface and into the waters of this Commonwealth. This project will eliminate the malfunctioning sewage systems thereby improving the areas water quality.


Applicant: City of Philadelphia
County: Philadelphia
Applicant Address: 1101 Market Street
2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Project Description: The City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has developed a long-term control plan that includes conveying additional combined sewer overflow (CSO) to the City's Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant for treatment. CSO is a combination of sanitary sewage and stormwater that historically has overflowed to the Delaware River untreated. As part of this effort, the PWD is undergoing a major construction project to build a conduit to bypass primary treated effluent around the secondary treatment process. The bypassed flow will be disinfected. The other part of this major infrastructure improvement project is the design and construction of new preliminary treatment facilities consisting of screening and grit removal in advance of existing primary sedimentation. The combination of these two major infrastructure improvements will provide the PWD with the facilities necessary to treat additional CSO flow and comply with the Department's June 1, 2011, Consent Order and Agreement and the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) September 21, 2012, Administrative Order for Compliance on Consent.

Problem Description: The City of Philadelphia, PWD is under a Consent Order and Agreement with the Department for violations under the Clean Streams Law and under an Administrative Order for Compliance on Consent with the EPA for violations under the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C.A. §§ 1251—1388).


DWSRF Projects Being Considered:

Applicant: Altoona Water Authority —
Bellwood Water Treatment Facility Improvements
County: Blair
Applicant Address: 900 Chestnut Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601-4496

Project Description: The proposed project consists of the following components: new raw water metering, new ozone generation and injection system, new membrane microfiltration units, new ultraviolet disinfection system, upgraded chemical feed system and miscellaneous upgrades regarding the building structure.

Problem Description: The existing facilities at the Bellwood Water Treatment Plant are over 24 years old and most of the existing equipment is at the end of its useful life. A total of 23 plant production interruptions have been recorded since 2010 which is considered excessive for plants that are designed for uninterrupted service. In addition, the plant and operation staff have a difficult time treating high turbidity water.


Applicant: Altoona Water Authority—
Bellwood Dam Upgrades
County: Blair
Applicant Address: 900 Chestnut Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601-4496

Project Description: The Altoona Water Authority is proposing to construct a new spillway, parapet wall, valve vault, access roads and appurtenant structures as permitted by the Department's Dam Safety Program. Additionally, a new reservoir intake structure and aeration system will be constructed as permitted by the Department's Safe Drinking Water Program.

Problem Description: The existing Bellwood Dam was constructed in 1902 and has undergone multiple modifications, the latest being in 1946. The Department's Bureau of Waterways Engineering and Wetlands, Dam Safety Program conducted an inspection and reported that the spillway capacity is severely deficient and need attention. In addition, the dam does not have an upstream intake structure for controlled water withdrawals, nor does it have a means to shutoff water if the 115-year old intake pipe leaks through the dam.


Applicant: Middleburg Municipal Authority
ounty: Snyder
Applicant Address: 13 North Main Street
Middleburg, PA 17842

Project Description: Middleburg Municipal Authority proposes to install a 290,000-gallon concrete contact tank, a new meter building and a 163,000-gallon standpipe tank. The scope also includes replacing approximately 10,000 linear feet of water mains, three water meters with new electromagnetic flow meters, five turbidimeters, filter media and its underlying porous plate and recoating the three filter units. The standpipe storage tank and water mains will be in Middleburg Borough, while the water filtration plant rehabilitation and concrete contact tank construction will be in Franklin Township.

Problem Description: The water distribution system is prone to line failures as it contains old cast iron and asbestos cement pipe that have exceeded their useful lives. Customers on the north side of the service area and in higher elevations have experienced low water pressure issues. Well # 3 cannot be put online due to a hydraulic restriction at the old reservoir. In addition, the Middleburg Municipal Authority is under a Consent Order and Agreement with the Department to install alarm and automatic shutdown capabilities at the water treatment plant.

Department of Environmental Protection

Executive Director
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-1794. Filed for public inspection December 18, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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