Federal Consistency under the Coastal Zone Management Act; Dredging of the Federal Navigation Channel in the Delaware River
[50 Pa.B. 3547]
[Saturday, July 11, 2020]
This notice is published under section 306(d)(14) of the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA) (16 U.S.C.A. § 1455(d)(14)), relating to public participation during consistency determinations. The Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) Coastal Resources Management Program has received notice that the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Philadelphia District (Applicant) is proposing to conduct maintenance dredging in the Federal navigation channel of the Delaware River between Tinicum Township, Delaware County and Falls Township, Bucks County (project).
The Applicant is proposing to conduct maintenance dredging of the Federally Authorized Navigation Channels in the Delaware River as follows: in the Philadelphia to Sea channel; hydraulic cutterhead dredging of approximately 300,000 cubic yards of predominately silt material between River Mile 89 and 92, utilizing a contractor yet to be determined, with upland placement of the dredged material into the Fort Mifflin confined disposal facility (CDF), a Federally owned and approved facility in Philadelphia. This proposed dredging is scheduled to be conducted in the fall/winter of 2020. In the Philadelphia to Trenton channel; hydraulic dredging of approximately 100,000 cubic yards of primarily sand material between River Miles 106 and 119 with upland disposal at the Fort Mifflin CDF. This proposed dredging is scheduled to be conducted by the USACE Hopper Dredge McFarland in August and September of 2020. In addition, between River Miles 119 and 126 with upland disposal at the Department/Waste Management Money Island CDF in Falls Township, PA. This proposed dredging is scheduled to be conducted by a yet to be determined contractor's suction-cutterhead hydraulic dredge in November or December 2020, or both.
The project is subject to Department review for Federal consistency because it is a Federal agency activity and will have reasonably foreseeable effects on this Commonwealth's coastal resources or uses.
In accordance with section 307 of the CZMA (16 U.S.C.A. § 1456) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regulations in 15 CFR Part 930, Subpart C (relating to consistency for Federal agency activities), the USACE, Philadelphia District has determined that the proposed activity will be conducted in a manner consistent with the applicable enforceable policies of the Commonwealth's NOAA-approved Coastal Resources Management Program. Interested parties may request a copy of the Federal Consistency Determination from the Department contact listed as follows.
Questions regarding this review can be directed to Matthew Walderon, Federal Consistency Coordinator, RA-Fed_Consistency@pa.gov or (717) 772-2196.
The Department will consider all comments received on or before Monday, July 27, 2020, before issuing a final Federal consistency concurrence or objection. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. 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 www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments can be mailed to the Department of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, 400 Market Street, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-907. Filed for public inspection July 10, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]
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