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 Botetourt County, Virginia.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: May 25, 2022 to June 25, 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: Town of Buchanan; PO Box 205, Buchanan, VA 24066; VA0022225
FACILITY NAME AND LOCATION: Buchanan Sewage Water Treatment Plant; 541 Parkway Drive, Buchanan
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Town of Buchanan has applied for reissuance of a permit for the public Buchanan STP. The applicant proposes to continue the release of treated sewage wastewaters from residential and commercial service areas at a rate of 237,500 gallons-per-day into a water body. Sludge from the treatment process will be disposed of in the Waste Management Maplewood landfill in Amelia County, VA. The facility proposes to release the treated wastewaters into the James River in Botetourt County in the James River watershed. A watershed is the land area drained by a river and its incoming streams. The permit will limit the following pollutants to amounts that protect water quality: nutrients, organic matter, solids and bacteria.
HOW TO COMMENT AND/OR REQUEST A PUBLIC HEARING: DEQ accepts comments and
requests for public hearing on the draft permit by hand-delivery, e-mail, fax or postal mail. All comments and requests must be in writing and be received by DEQ during the comment period. DEQ must receive hand-delivery and postal mail by close of business and email and fax comments by 11:59 p.m. on the last day of 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: Susan Edwards; Blue Ridge Regional Office, 901 Russell Drive, Salem VA
24153; Phone: 540-795-9749; E-mail: Susan.Edwards@deq.virginia.gov ; Fax: 804-698-4178.
The public may review the draft permit and application at the DEQ office named above by appointment or may request copies of the documents from the contact person listed above.