ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM PERMIT FOR DISCHARGE INTO WATERS OF THE STATE OF ALABAMA AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS
PUBLIC NOTICE - 210

 

The following applicants have applied for an NPDES permit to discharge treated wastewater into waters of the State of Alabama:

Morgan County
Decatur Energy Center, LLC, NPDES Permit Number AL0073989, located at 2024 Highway 20 West, Decatur, Alabama 35601, for re-issuance of existing discharges resulting from cooling tower blowdown, low volume wastes, water treatment filter backwash, chemical metal cleaning wastes and demineralization regeneration waters associated with the production of steam and electricity discharging through outfall DSN001 into the Tennessee River, classified as Swimming and Fish & Wildlife, in the Tennessee River Basin; stormwater runoff associated with the production of steam and electricity discharging through outfalls DSN002, DSN003, and DSN004 into the Tennessee River, classified as Swimming and Fish & Wildlife, in the Tennessee River Basin.  In accordance with Section 316(b) of the Federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. section 1326) and the federal regulations (40 CFR Part 125), if applicable, the cooling water intake structure used by the Permittee has been evaluated using available information.  At this time, the Department has determined that the cooling water intake structure used by the Permittee represents the best technology available (BTA) to minimize adverse environmental impact in accordance with Section 316(b) of the federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. section 1326).

Copies of the draft permits, conditions, limitations and a fact sheet as applicable describing the methodology for setting the limitations and conditions and other applicable NPDES forms and related documents are available for public inspection electronically via http://www.adem.state.al.us/PublicNotice/PublicNotice.htm, and at the following location Monday – Friday (except legal holidays), 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  A nominal fee for copying and/or mailing may be charged.  Arrangements for copying should be made in advance.

Russell A. Kelly, Chief
Permits and Services Division
ADEM
1400 Coliseum Blvd.
[Mailing address: PO Box 301463; Zip 36130-1463]
Montgomery, Alabama 36110-2400
(334) 271-7714

Persons wishing to comment may do so, in writing, to the Department's named contact above within 30 days following the publication date of this notice.  COMMENTERS SHOULD IDENTIFY THE APPROPRIATE NPDES NUMBER ON THE FIRST PAGE OF THEIR COMMENTS.  In order to affect final decisions, comments must offer technically substantial information that is applicable to the proposed permit.

A written request for a public hearing may also be filed within that 30-day period and must state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised in the hearing.  The Director shall hold a public hearing whenever it is found, on the basis of hearing requests, that there exists a significant degree of public interest in the permit application or draft permit.  The Director may also hold a hearing if he determines that it would clarify one or more issues involved in the permit decision.

After consideration of all written comments, review of any public hearing record, and consideration of the requirements of the Alabama Water Pollution Control Act, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and applicable regulations, the Department will make a final determination.  The Department will develop a response to comments, which will become part of the public record and will be available to persons upon request.  Notice will be sent to any person requesting notice of the final action.

The Department maintains a list of interested individuals who are mailed legal notices regarding proposed permits. If you wish to receive such notices, contact the Permits & Services Division via telephone (334-271-7714), e-mail (permitsmail@adem.state.al.us), or postal service (P.O. Box 301463, Montgomery, AL  36130-1463).

This notice is hereby given this 18th day of December, 2017, by authorization of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

                                         
Lance R. LeFleur
Director

Nondiscrimination Statement:  The Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in the administration of its programs.