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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

EPA Gives Final Approval For 2 Warren County Brine Injection Wells

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
REGION III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-2029

Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program

Notice of Final Permit

The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, announced on
November 29, 2012, the issuance of two final permits under the authority of the federal UIC
regulations at 40 CFR Parts 124, 144, 145, 146 and 147 to Bear Lake Properties, LLC. These
permits authorize the construction and operation of two UIC Class II-D commercial brine
disposal injection wells, the Bittinger #1 and the Bittinger #4, at the Bear Lake Properties
disposal facility, located in Warren County, Columbus Township, Pennsylvania.

EPA Region III held a public hearing on these proposed permits on March 23, 2011, at
the Columbus Township Social Hall, in Columbus Township, PA. Region III evaluated oral
testimony presented at the hearing, as well as written comments received during the public
comment period, and initially issued the permits as final on June 8, 2011. After the permits were
issued, a petition for appeal was filed with EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB). On
June 28, 2012, the EAB remanded both permits back to EPA Region III. The remand asked the
Region to clarify the record on the location of drinking water wells within the one quarter mile
area of review for each of the proposed injection wells. Pursuant to the EAB remand, the Region
issued a public notice to reopen the public comment period limited to the specific issue from the
EAB remand: the identification of drinking water wells within the one-quarter mile areas of
review around each injection well. The 60-day public comment period on this issue closed
November 3, 2012, however, because November 3 fell on a Saturday, the Region accepted
comments until November 5, 2012. Public comments did not identify any drinking water wells
within the one-quarter mile areas of review around each injection well.

The administrative record for this permitting action remains available for public review
during normal business hours at the Office of Drinking Water & Source Water Protection,
Ground Water & Enforcement Branch (3WP22), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. A
copy of the final permits and responsiveness summary, specific to the remand, have been sent to
all individuals that submitted oral and written comments regarding this permitting action as well
as to individuals that requested this information. Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 124.19(f), the issuance
of these permits completes the remand procedures and constitutes final agency action for the
purposes of judicial review.

Interested persons may obtain further information, including copies of the final permits
and responsiveness summary, by contacting Stephen Platt by email at platt.steve@epa.gov , by
telephone at 215-814-5464, or through regular mail at the above address.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable...well, not so much anymore

Anonymous said...

They shot them down in Elk County... You might want to thank your Commissioners for letting this happen in your County.