Pennsylvania Code & Bulletin

• No statutes or acts will be found at this website.

The Pennsylvania Bulletin website includes the following: Rulemakings by State agencies; Proposed Rulemakings by State agencies; State agency notices; the Governor’s Proclamations and Executive Orders; Actions by the General Assembly; and Statewide and local court rules.

PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 19-1833




Environmental Assessment Approval for PENNVEST Funding Consideration

[49 Pa.B. 7260]
[Saturday, December 7, 2019]

Scope: Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Projects for January 29, 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, January 6, 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: Borough of Sinking Spring
County: Berks
Applicant Address: 3940 Penn Avenue
Sinking Spring, PA 19608-1168

Project Description: This is a sanitary sewer improvement project. The Borough of Sinking Spring will be replacing 2,950 linear feet of 10-inch diameter clay pipe with 15-inch diameter polyvinyl chloride pipe including 11 manholes. The carrying capacity of the sewer main is 1.02 million gallons per day (mgd) and will increase to 3.015 mgd. The increase in capacity will reduce the chance of sanitary backups during flooding events such as those that occurred in 2018 and 2019. It will also provide capacity for downtown development proposed by the Borough of Sinking Spring's redevelopment plan.

Problem Description: The Borough of Sinking Spring's sanitary sewer line on Broad Street has been in service for a long time and needs to be replaced. The pipe is near capacity and infiltration/inflow (I/I) has become an issue. By replacing the pipe with a larger pipe additional capacity will be available and the I/I will be reduced/eliminated.


Applicant: City of Arnold
County: Westmoreland
Applicant Address: 1829 Fifth Avenue
Arnold, PA 15068

Project Description: The City of Arnold is repairing structurally deficient manholes, force mains, combined sewer regulators, diversion chambers and outfall pipes. This includes Moore Street and Drey Street combined sewers which are structurally deficient. Approximate quantities include 3,200 linear feet of pipe, 14 manholes and a diversion chamber with a vortex valve. Treatment is provided at the existing Municipal Sanitary Authority of the City of New Kensington's (MSANK) sewage treatment plant.

Problem Description: The United States Environmental Protection Agency issued an Administrative Consent Order for the combined sewer overflows in the City of Arnold on December 31, 2009. As a result of the Order, the City of Arnold completed a physical survey and visual inspection of the sewer system by means of closed circuit television. The City of Arnold was required to perform an inspection of all lines that directly or indirectly send sewage to the MSANK sewage treatment plant. Repairs to the identified deficiencies are mandated by the Department to be completed no later than July 1, 2020.


Applicant: Lower Yoder Township
County: Cambria
Applicant Address: 128 J Street
Johnstown, PA 15906

Project Description: This project will rehabilitate approximately 18,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer line using a combination of pipe bursting, cured-in-place pipe and conventional cut and cover construction methods along with 72 manholes. The laterals to collect wastewater from each of the homes will be extended to within 5 feet of each structure with this project as well totaling approximately 1,900 linear feet of pipe. In addition to the sanitary sewer replacement, this project will also add approximately 1,350 linear feet of storm water collection system.

Problem Description: Lower Yoder Township has entered into a Consent Order and Agreement with the Department to reduce the amount of I/I entering the sewer system within the Township. Closed circuit television inspections were used to evaluate the condition of the current sewer system. As a result of these inspections, many class 3, 4 and 5 defects were found, and a plan was generated to correct these defects. Lower Yoder Township plans to replace the existing sewer lines, manholes and laterals to within 5 feet of each structure if an easement is signed for them to do so. The existing pipe sizes will be used for the construction of the new lines. This project is the last of three phases being implemented by Lower Yoder Township to reduce I/I and eliminate Lower Yoder Township's contribution to Sanitary Sewer Overflow activity downstream.


Applicant: Harborcreek Township Sewer Authority
County: Erie
Applicant Address: 5601 Buffalo Road
Harborcreek, PA 16421

Project Description: This project includes a sewer extension from Nagle Road to East Lake Road and sewer replacement from East Lake Road to the City of Erie's east side interceptor connection at Franklin Avenue and replacement of the Six Mile Creek pump station (PS) and construction of a 750,000-gallon equalization storage tank.

Problem Description: The proposed project is part of the Corrective Action Plan from the Department to eliminate overflows at the Six Mile Creek PS.


Applicant: Union Township
County: Washington
Applicant Address: 3904 Finley Elrama Road
Finleyville, PA 15332

Project Description: The sewer system will be extended to serve 26 equivalent dwelling units totaling 9,100 gallons per day. Construction will consist of approximately 2,600 linear feet of 8-inch diameter gravity sewer line, 16 manholes, 2 single residence pumps and lateral service to within 150 linear feet of the residences. Treatment will be provided at the existing Piney Fork sewage treatment plant.

Problem Description: At present, over 50% of the residential properties located along Overlook Street and Library Road have onlot sewage systems that are malfunctioning. In addition, a couple residents of Union Township have tapped into the South Park sanitary sewer lines without authorization and are thus receiving sewage treatment without payment.


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. 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 will be constructed and a new fat, oil and grease and sludge receiving area will be built.

Problem Description: A Consent Order and Agreement was issued by the Department to eliminate secondary bypassing of flows as well as general upgrades. This project will reduce or 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 with low pressure sewer and a booster PS and the Southern Extension with gravity sewer. 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: Numerous 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 storm water ditches.


DWSRF Projects Being Considered:

Applicant: Indiana County Municipal Services Authority
County: Indiana
Applicant Address: 602 Kolter Drive
Indiana, PA 15701-3570

Project Description: The Indiana County Municipal Services Authority proposes to construct a new water treatment plant that will serve Plumville Borough, install new waterlines to interconnect the Plumville System to the Crooked Creek water system, improve performance of the Crooked Creek water treatment plant, install new waterlines to service areas from Grove Chapel in the Village of Home to the Borough of Marion Center, install a water storage tank near Marion Center, install a waterline extension to service Spirit Life drug addiction treatment center and install a new pressure reducing valve. In total, approximately 110,050 linear feet of new waterline will be installed.

Problem Description: Marion Center has no public water system; therefore, the area has minimal fire protection. The Marion Center High School operates its own treatment system that is antiquated and has copper, lead and bacteria issues. Random sampling showed 41% of the properties tested positive for bacteria contamination in the form of total coliforms. The Spirit Life area, which includes a drug rehabilitation facility, has poor water quality. The current Plumville water treatment plant consists of a well that is chlorinated by sodium hypochlorite but provides no treatment for secondary contaminants. Recent raw water quality testing shows an upward trend in iron and manganese levels in the well. In addition, the Crooked Creek water treatment plant is unable to make water to meet the demands of the service area without expanding the treatment plant by adding a third Actimen Unit and associated ancillaries. This project also proposes the addition of a greensand filtration system for iron and manganese removal at the Plumville water treatment plant.


Applicant: Greater Johnstown Water Authority
County: Somerset
Applicant Address: P.O. Box 1407
Johnstown, PA 15907-1407

Project Description: This project consists of adding a new spillway in the center of the embankment, installing higher walls on the existing spillway, building a concrete stilling basin at the top of the new spillway and constructing a new bridge of higher elevation across the existing spillway. A new access road will be installed at the top of the right embankment and flood walls will be installed on the dam crest on either side of the new spillway.

Problem Description: In 2016, Greater Johnstown Water Authority's (GJWA) engineer subcontracted services to perform a site-specific study of Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP). The Probable Maximum Flood defines the spillway's design peak flowrate and duration required by the Department. The site-specific analysis determined that the existing spillway could pass 40% of the PMP storm without overtopping the dam. Therefore, the original spillway is quite inadequate. Floods are a serious concern for Johnstown due to the damaging floods of 1889, 1907, 1924, 1936 and 1977 which caused millions of dollars in damages and numerous fatalities. Due to the storm characteristics already experienced in the Greater Johnstown area, it would put this significantly large, high hazard dam at risk without the planned upgrades. The Department considers the North Fork Dam to be ''unsafe'' as stated by Roger P. Adams, PE, Chief Division of Dam Safety in a letter dated September 14, 2012, to Edward Cernic, Sr., Chairperson of the GJWA. North Fork Dam is the primary source of raw water for the GJWA. Dam failure would result in interruption of public water service to GJWA's users and catastrophic destruction of homes and businesses. North Fork Dam provides some of the safest drinking water and without the upgrades this issue could potentially put the water quality at risk.

Department of Environmental Protection

Executive Director
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-1833. Filed for public inspection December 6, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]

No part of the information on this site may be reproduced for profit or sold for profit.

This material has been drawn directly from the official Pennsylvania Bulletin full text database. Due to the limitations of HTML or differences in display capabilities of different browsers, this version may differ slightly from the official printed version.