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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-778




Environmental Assessment Approval for PENNVESTFunding Consideration

[50 Pa.B. 2997]
[Saturday, June 13, 2020]

Scope: Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Projects for July 22, 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 project will be considered by PENNVEST.

 To be considered, the Department must receive comments on this approval on or by Monday, July 13, 2020. Comments can be submitted using the Department's online 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 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: City of Arnold
County: Westmoreland
Applicant Address: 1829 Fifth Avenue
Arnold, PA 15068

Project Description: The proposed 14th Street combined sewer overflow (CSO) regulator modifications project is located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street. The project proposes to replace 305 linear feet of 8-inch flow regulation sewer with a new 10-inch polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sewer and three new manholes. This will allow more flow to discharge into the interceptor prior to an overflow event resulting in the elimination of smaller CSO events and an overall reduction in CSO volume. Sewage treatment is provided at the existing New Kensington Sewage Treatment Plant.

Problem Description: Combined sewer overflows exist in the City of Arnold's sewer system. This project will result in the elimination of smaller CSO events and an overall reduction in CSO volume in accordance with the Department's approved New Kensington—Combined Sewer—Long Term Control Plan.


Applicant: City of Johnstown
County: Cambria
Applicant Address: 401 Main Street
Johnstown, PA 15901

Project Description: This project will rehabilitate approximately 26,000 linear feet of 8-inch to 18-inch diameter sewer lines and manholes. All service laterals will be installed with a 6-inch diameter pipe. Sewage treatment is provided at the existing Johnstown—Dornick Point Sewage Treatment Plant.

Problem Description: The City of Johnstown (City) owns approximately 520,000 linear feet of sewer pipe and has identified over 20 original overflows within the collection system. A Consent Order and Agreement (COA) was enacted between the City and the Department on July 14, 2010, to eliminate all sanitary sewer overflows (SSO) from the City's collection system. Under the COA, the City is obligated to implement a rehabilitation plan that will reduce the amount of infiltration and inflow entering the City's collection system during wet weather events and thus eliminating SSO discharges of raw sewage into the waters of this Commonwealth.


Applicant: Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority
County: Westmoreland
Applicant Address: 12441 Route 993
North Huntington, PA 15642

Project Description: This project includes replacing approximately 17,500 linear feet of 8-inch, 15-inch, 18-inch and 30-inch PVC sanitary sewer and 80 manholes. Sewage treatment is provided at the existing Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority (WWMA) Sewage Treatment Plant.

Problem Description: The WWMA is under a COA with the Department that requires WWMA to eliminate SSOs during wet weather events. The COA requires three phases of construction, with the first two phases being complete. As part of the Phase III Project, approximately half of the WWMA interceptor system will be upgraded to provide additional interceptor capacity to eliminate hydraulic restrictions. As part of this work, two of the old diversion chambers will be closed.


Applicant: Lackawanna River Basin Sewer Authority (Authority)
County: Lackawanna
Applicant Address: P.O. Box 280
Olyphant, PA 18447-0280

Project Description: This project involves constructing 6,500 linear feet of new 15-inch to 24-inch gravity interceptor sewer with 20 manholes in Vandling Borough, Lackawanna County and Clinton Township, Wayne County, allowing replacement and decommission of the Authority's approximately 50-year-old Vandling wastewater pump station (PS) and force main sewer tributary to Authority's Clinton Township Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The interceptor sewer will convey the existing 110,000 gallons per day of sewage flow from the pump station site directly to the WWTP.

Problem Description: Raw sewage discharge from a CSO point exists at a PS in a high-quality cold-water fishery classified watershed. Deletion of the PS will result in elimination of a CSO point as well as significant energy savings and other cost savings relating to 40,000 kilowatt hours per year of electricity consumption. These other cost savings include operation of an emergency generator and elimination of daily operation, maintenance and inspection involving labor, parts and materials. In addition, the PS structure is encroaching on an existing public right of way intended as an extension of Vine Street, affecting access to, and utilization of, adjacent private property. Demolition of the PS will also solve this long-standing problem. Implementing this project will allow all wet-weather overflows to be conveyed directly to the WWTP.


DWSRF Projects Being Considered:

Applicant: Allensville Municipal Authority
County: Mifflin
Applicant Address: P.O. Box 96
Allensville, PA 17002

Project Description: The project consists of modifying the existing slow sand filtration plant. These modifications include replacing existing turbidimeters and installing flow meters, a new plant supervisory control and data acquisition system, an automated shutoff valve, a pressure transducer on the storage tank, disinfection contact piping and an emergency generator.

Problem Description: The existing plant is not in compliance with 25 Pa. Code Chapter 109 and Chapter 110 (relating to safe drinking water; and water resources planning) regulations regarding continuous turbidity monitoring, automated shutdown capabilities, 1-log Giardia inactivation requirements, uninterrupted service requirements and surface water withdrawal monitoring/reporting. These deficiencies are a threat to public health, safety and the environment.


Applicant: Bedford Township Municipal Authority
County: Bedford
Applicant Address: 1007 Shed Road, Suite 102
Bedford, PA 15522

Project Description: The Bedford Township Municipal Authority (Authority) is proposing to replace 8,500 linear feet of water line ranging in size from 6-inch diameter to 12-inch diameter near the Pennsylvania Turnpike Interchange intersection with United States Business Route 220. In addition, the Authority would like to install 10,150 linear feet of 10-inch diameter new water line from the Cessna service area to the Camp Sunshine area and replace the existing 500,000-gallon capacity Hoover finished water storage tank.

Problem Description: The existing water line near the Pennsylvania Turnpike Interchange intersection has been subject to numerous leaks and breaks due to its brittle condition, contributing to water loss and interruptions of water supply in the commercial area. The existing Cessna service area serves several homes and businesses and is a dead-end water line. If a line break would occur, the area would encounter a major interruption in water supply. The existing 500,000-gallon Hoover finished water storage tank has experienced significant internal deterioration and requires attention to ensure availability of sufficient water supply reserve for existing and future needs of the system.


Applicant: Penn Township Municipal Authority
County: Perry
Applicant Address: 102 Municipal Building Road
Duncannon, PA 17020

Project Description: The project will replace the existing sequestration treatment with an oxidation and filtration system which will effectively reduce the iron and manganese concentrations below the secondary maximum contaminant levels and health advisory limit. This will eliminate the public health concern. The two existing pressurized 1,500-gallon hydro-pneumatic tanks are deteriorating and pose a safety hazard. The project will remove these tanks and replace them with a proposed 150,000-gallon ground level glass-coated bolted steel storage tank. The new tank will provide pressure and storage for the system and eliminate the safety hazard of the existing hydro-pneumatic tanks.

Problem Description: The source water consistently exceeds the iron and manganese secondary maximum contaminant levels and the manganese health advisory limit. The existing treatment for iron and manganese is seques-tration which does not remove or reduce these concentrations. This is a public health concern.

Department of Environmental Protection

Executive Director
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-778. Filed for public inspection June 12, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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