DEP Public Hearing on Cheswick Generating Station Draft Water Discharge Permit
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public hearing to receive testimony from citizens on the DEP’s tentative decision to issue National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit No. PA0001627 to NRG Power Midwest LP for discharges from the Cheswick Generating Station.
The hearing will take place on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Springdale Jr/Sr High School’s Marshall Auditorium, 501 Butler Road, Springdale, PA 15144. Doors will open and onsite registration will begin at 6 PM. The hearing may conclude earlier if all testifiers in attendance have spoken prior to the designated end time.
More than 300,000 people get their water from Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) which takes in water downstream of the Cheswick power plant. And yet, the Cheswick coal-fired power plant outside of Pittsburgh is operating with an expired water permit, allowing it to pollute our water with at least 30 different pollutants.
Of the more than 30 different pollutants Cheswick puts into the water — many of them toxic heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, selenium, and lead — only a couple of these have any limits at all on them under the expired permit. Cheswick’s water pollution is so bad that in 2016, Cheswick was identified as the 4th highest discharger of lead into waterways of any power plant in the nation. Fortunately, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is holding a hearing on the plant’s water pollution April 25 and new protections for the plant on April 25.
Cheswick is currently operating under an administratively extended permit that expired on August 31, 2012. There are two existing discharges of industrial wastewater to the Allegheny River, approximately 15 miles from the confluence with the Ohio River. In addition, there are four additional discharges, one of industrial wastewater and three of stormwater to Little Deer Creek, approximately five miles from the confluence with the Allegheny River.
DEP received written comments on the draft permit during a 30-day comment period after the draft permit was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on January 13, 2018. The draft permit is available for review on DEP’s website http://dep.pa.gov/southwest.
Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how DEP may accommodate your needs.
WHAT: Public hearing on DEP’s intent to issue a NPDES permit to Cheswick Generating Station
WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM)
WHERE: Springdale Jr/Sr High School’s Marshall Auditorium, 501 Butler Road, Springdale, PA 15144Water