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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 22-932




Environmental Assessment Approval for PENNVEST Funding Consideration

[52 Pa.B. 3567]
[Saturday, June 18, 2022]

Scope: Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Projects for July 20, 2022, 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 Monday, July 18, 2022. Comments, including comments submitted by e-mail must include the commentator's name and address. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment tool at Written comments can also 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, 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

 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 Finance/Pages/EnvironmentalReview.aspx.

 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:Eldred Borough
Applicant Address:3 Bennett Street, P.O. Box 270
Eldred, PA 16731

Project Description: This project is the construction of a new 0.35 million gallons per day Sequencing Batch Reactor with new pump station (ps), headworks for grit control, aerobic digesters, ultraviolet disinfection, effluent aeration and reed beds. This facility will be located approximately 1 mile north of the existing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and will discharge to the Allegheny River.

Problem Description: The current WWTP was constructed in 1967 with the most recent upgrade being a comminutor in 2013. The WWTP is showing signs of deterioration both mechanically and structurally. The WWTP has had historical issues consistently meeting effluent limits. A consent order from the Department has been issued.


Applicant:Harford Township
Applicant Address:P.O. Box 1
Harford, PA 18823

Project Description: The project is a rehabilitation and upgrade of the existing wastewater treatment facility located in Harford Township, Susquehanna County. The project includes the improvement or upgrade of the following components: headworks by the addition of mechanical screening; aeration tank modification from coarse bubble to fine bubble diffused air; clarification by the addition of a new circular clarifier; stand-by power by the installation of a stand-by generator, propane storage tank; and automatic transfer switch. The electrical system and process and yard piping will be modified accordingly. In addition, buildings will be re-roofed and degraded storage/work areas will be improved.

Problem Description: The Harford WWTP is approximately 38 years old and as such is nearing the end of its useful design life. The WWTP is experiencing operational issues associated with treatment process units as well as a lack of essential treatment and ancillary equipment. Besides general end of useful life issues, the current process utilizes coarse bubble diffused aeration where fine bubble diffused aeration would be optimal for the oxygenation process. Also, there is neither an alternate power supply or stand-by generator nor an automated alarm dialer necessary for a facility that is manned periodically.


DWSRF Projects Being Considered:

Applicant:Northern Cambria Municipal Authority
Applicant Address:1202 Philadelphia Avenue
Northern Cambria, PA 15714

Project Description: Construction of the Miller Hollow Treatment Plant will provide continuous water filtration and disinfection. The new treatment plant will include a microfiltration membrane filter followed by a reverse osmosis membrane filter for sulfate removal. The treatment plant will include pretreatment chemical feed systems, as well as chemical feed systems for filter maintenance and disinfection. Treatment systems will be installed for the neutralization of wastewater generated during the cleaning process. Along with the new plant, the project will also include a new intake structure, potable water ps and a transmission main.

Problem Description: Northern Cambria Municipal Authority (Authority) currently owns and operates a public water supply system in Susquehanna Township, Northern Cambria Borough and Spangler Borough, Cambria County. A water source for the Authority, the Miller Hollow Mine source, is designated as a groundwater under direct influence (GUDI) of surface water. GUDI sources must be treated by means of continuous filtration and disinfection within 48 months of the source being determined a GUDI. The Miller Hollow Mine source currently receives disinfection by means of sodium hypochlorite, but the source water has sulfate levels exceeding the secondary maximum contaminant level. To resolve these issues, the Department has entered into a Consent Order and Agreement with the Authority to design, permit and operate an additional treatment facility for the Miller Hollow Mine source.

Department of Environmental Protection

Executive Director
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 22-932. Filed for public inspection June 17, 2022, 9:00 a.m.]

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