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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 16-934




Environmental Assessment Approval for PENNVEST Funding Consideration

[46 Pa.B. 2746]
[Saturday, May 28, 2016]

Division of Technical and Financial Assistance
Department of Environmental Protection
P.O. Box 8774
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774

Scope: Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Projects for July 20, 2016, 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 projects listed as follows. 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. If no significant issues are identified as a result of this comment period, this notice will serve as official written notice of final approval of the Environmental Assessment to the applicant.

 To be considered, the Department must receive comments on this approval on or by June 27, 2016. Electronic comments should be submitted using the Department's eComment site at Written comments using ''PENNVEST SRF-Environmental Assessment'' as the subject line can be submitted by e-mail to or to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063.

 For further information about the approval of the following Environmental Assessments or the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Program and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Program contact Richard Wright at, 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

CWSRF Projects Being Considered

Applicant: Sandy Lake Township

County: Mercer

Applicant Address: 3086 Sandy Lake—Grove City Road, P.O. Box 205, Sandy Lake, PA 16145

Project Description: The proposed solution includes a sewer system consisting of 26 simplex grinder pumps, 3 duplex grinder pumps, and assorted pressure sewer and pressure main. The low-pressure sewer system will connect to the Sandy Lake Borough sewer system on United States Route 62 at the Sandy Lake Borough/Sandy Lake Township line with conveyance to the Lakeview Joint Sewer Authority Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) for treatment.

Problem Description: The service area is the houses and businesses along Mercer Road and Walnut Street in Sandy Lake Township. It includes 21 residences, a 4-unit apartment building, a church, 2 commercial establishments, a restaurant and a convenience store/gas station. A sanitary survey of the sewage disposal needs within the proposed service area showed a significant number of malfunctioning onlot systems. The proposed project will eliminate the discharge of raw sewage into the groundwater or waters of the Commonwealth which can create potential health, safety and environmental issues.


Applicant: Greene Township

County: Erie

Applicant Address: 9333 Tate Road, Erie, PA 16509

Project Description: The proposed project includes the construction of approximately 26,370 linear feet of 8-inch through 15-inch diameter gravity sewer, 822 manholes, 3,472 linear feet of forcemain, 21,239 linear feet of low-pressure sewer, 1 pump station and 64 grinder pumps to provide wastewater service to 175 entities. The wastewater will be collected from Greene Township and conveyed through the Millcreek Township Sewer Authority system into the City of Erie system for treatment.

Problem Description: This is the first phase of a four-phase project whereby the most densely populated areas of Greene Township are proposed to receive public wastewater service. This phase will serve 165 residential and 10 commercial entities along the following roads: Langdon, Old Waterford, Hilborn, Gunnison, Kosiorek, as well as the northern portions of Lake Pleasant and State Route 8. A sanitary survey of this project area revealed a 62% confirmed onlot malfunction rate. These systems leach untreated and partially treated wastewater onto the ground surface and into the waters of the Commonwealth. This project will eliminate the malfunctioning sewage systems thereby improving the area's water quality.


Applicant: Petersburg Borough Sewer Authority

County: Huntingdon

Applicant Address: 316 King Street, P.O. Box 6, Petersburg, PA 16669

Project Description: The waste water treatment facility (WWTF) improvement project will require the construction of a number of new mechanical components beginning with a new headworks all the way through the post-aeration tank. The collection and conveyance system will consist of 8,000 linear feet of 8-inch PVC gravity sewer, 1,650 linear feet of 6-inch PVC gravity sewer laterals, 1,400 linear feet of 3-inch PVC forcemain, 1 wastewater pump station and all other associated appurtenances to connect 44 properties.

Problem Description: The WWTF is experiencing equipment failure and equipment needs to be replaced. Existing onlot systems are old and have the potential to fail. The onlot systems are in close proximity to the existing WWTF and can be included in the WWTF system with an extension of the collection and conveyance system.


Applicant: Howe Township Municipal Authority

County: Perry

Applicant Address: 319 North 4th Street, Newport, PA 17074

Project Description: The project will provide public sewer service to approximately 599 equivalent dwelling units (EDU) at build-out, consisting of residential, commercial and institutional flow. The sanitary sewer collection system will consist of low-pressure sewer, gravity sewer, and three pump stations and their associated force mains. The Howe Township collection system will be connected to the Newport Borough Municipal Authority WWTP. A 5,000-gallon per day package WWTP and approximately 92 EDUs will be decommissioned as part of this project.

Problem Description: Howe Township is currently served by onlot disposal systems (OLDS). The Juniata Parkway Area of Howe Township has been experiencing issues with OLDS malfunctions and well water contamination. Tier One and Tier Two sanitary surveys and well water sampling were performed for Howe Township and the Juniata Parkway Area, which confirmed these issues. The State Route 34 Planned Growth Area of Howe Township requires a public sewer due to the potential for future growth.


Applicant: West Elizabeth Sanitary Authority (WESA)

County: Allegheny

Applicant Address: P.O. Box 503, West Elizabeth, PA 15088

Project Description: Replacement of the existing 0.5 million gallons per day (mgd) WESA Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) with a new 1.06 mgd treatment facility. Construct a three-tank sequencing batch reactor treatment unit with adaptive reuse of the existing plant for sludge processing.

Problem Description: The existing WESA STP subject to wet weather hydraulic overload resulting in wet weather sewage overflows.


DWSRF Projects Being Considered

Applicant: Municipal Authority of the Borough of Midland

County: Beaver

Applicant Address: 946 Railroad Avenue, Midland, PA 15059

Project Description: The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Midland (Authority) is proposing the construction of a new raw water intake and a temporary intake. The Department's review of the project and the information received in the Environmental Report for the project has not identified any significant, adverse environmental impact resulting from this proposal.

Problem Description: The Authority will build its own raw water intake to have access to raw water to process into finished water. The system serves the areas of Midland, Shippingport and part of Industry Boroughs. Prior to this, the Authority purchased its raw water from Allegheny Ludlum (ATI) who controlled the cost of raw water. ATI has shut down; therefore, the Authority needs its own water intake to control its own costs and to have an uninterrupted supply of raw water for processing into potable water for the town of Midland and the surrounding service areas.


Applicant: Steelton Borough Authority

County: Dauphin

Applicant Address: 123 North Front Street, Steelton, PA 17113-2238

Project Description: Install a new 260,000-gallon clearwell, new pumps for the transfer of filtered water to the new clearwell, modifications to the existing clearwell and all other related piping, electrical and controls work at the treatment plant.

Problem Description: Due to the lack of sufficient chlorine contact volume following treatment, chlorine is added to the raw water upstream of the clarifiers thus allowing chlorine to react with organics in the raw water prior to their removal. This has resulted in periodic exceedances of Disinfection Byproducts, Maximum Contamination Levels. Several Notices of Violation have been issued. The additional clearwell volume will enable raw water chlorine addition to be significantly reduced or eliminated.

Acting Secretary
Department of Environmental Protection
Acting Vice Chairperson
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority

Executive Director
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-934. Filed for public inspection May 27, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]

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