Friday, January 14, 2022
PURPOSE OF NOTICE: To seek public comment on a draft permit from the Department of Environmental Quality that will allow the release of treated wastewater into a water body in Wythe County, Virginia.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: The comment period lasts for 30 days from this date, January 15, 2022.
PERMIT NAME: Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit – Wastewater issued by DEQ, under the authority of the State Water Control Board
APPLICANT NAME, ADDRESS AND PERMIT NUMBER:
Name: Wythe County Board of Supervisors
Address: 340 South Sixth Street – Administration Building, Wytheville, VA 24382
Permit No.: VA0067059
FACILITY NAME AND LOCATION:
Name: Austinville Sewage Treatment Plant
Address: 334 Kohler Avenue, Austinville, VA 24312
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Wythe County Board of Supervisors has applied for reissuance of the permit for the publically owned Austinville Sewage Treatment Plant. The applicant proposes to release treated sewage wastewater at a rate of 20,000 gallon per day into a water body. Stabilized sewage sludge will be removed from the sand drying beds as needed and hauled to the New River Resource Authority’s Waste Management Facility (DEQ Permit No. 548) located in Dublin, VA, for co-disposal in the landfill. The facility proposes to release the treated sewage wastewater in Buddle Branch of New River in the New River watershed. A watershed is the land area drained by a river and its incoming streams. The permit will limit the pollutants to amounts that protect water quality for bacteria, organic matter, physical and chemical properties, inorganics and solids.
HOW TO COMMENT AND/OR REQUEST AND PUBLIC HEARING: DEQ accepts comments and requests for public hearing hand-delivery, by e-mail, fax or postal mail. All comments and requests must be in writing and be received by DEQ during the comment period. Submittals must include the names, mailing addresses and telephone numbers of the commenter/requester and of all persons represented by the commenter/requester. A request for public hearing must also include: 1) The reason why a public hearing is requested. 2) A brief, informal statement regarding the nature and extent of the interest of the requester or of those represented by the requestor, including how and to what extent such interest would be directly and adversely affected by the permit. 3) Specific references, where possible, to terms and conditions of the permit with suggested revisions. A public hearing may be held, including another comment period, if public response is significant, based on individual requests for a public hearing, and there are substantial, disputed issues relevant to the permit.
CONTACT FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS, DOCUMENT REQUESTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Name: Steve E. Atrip
Address: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Southwest Regional Office, 355-A Deadmore Street, Abingdon, VA 24210
Fax: (276) 698-4178
The public may review the draft permit, fact sheet and application at the DEQ office named above by appointment or may request copies of the documents from the contact person listed above.