Public Notice Of Draft Construction Permit

Construction Permit Number Ar0052876c, Afin 02-00338

This is to give notice that the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Office of Water Quality, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118-5317 at telephone number (501) 682-0623, proposes a draft construction permit for which an application was received on August 31, 2017 in accordance with Regulation No 6.

Applicant: City of Portland - Wastewater Treatment Plant, Portland, AR 71663, 2400 feet west of Portland city limits on AR Hwy 160, turn north on unnamed road (approximately 1200 feet east of Country Road 185) for 1500 feet to proposed facility; Latitude: 33° 14’ 26”; Longitude: 91° 31’ 42” in Ashley County, Arkansas.

The discharge from this new facility will be made into Bayou Bartholomew, thence to the Ouachita River in Segment 2B of the Ouachita River Basin.

Proposed Construction will include a bar screen, three lagoons in series, and UV disinfection with a design flow of 0.05 MGD.

Citizens wishing to examine or obtain copies of the permit application, the draft permitting decision, or the Statement of Basis may do so at the ADEQ headquarters located at 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118-5317. To request a copy of one or more of the documents, please call (501) 682-0623. For those with Internet access, a copy of the proposed draft permit as well as the publication date may be found on the ADEQ’s website at: https://www.adeq.state.ar.us/water/permits/drafts_pn.aspx.

Comments on the draft construction will be accepted in accordance with Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (APC&EC) Reg. 8.208. ADEQ’s contact person for submitting written comments on the draft permit, or requesting a public hearing on the draft permit, is Loretta Carstens, P.E., at the above address and telephone number or by email at Water-Draft-Permit-Comment@adeq.state.ar.us.

The period for submitting comments on the draft state construction permit and for requesting a public hearing shall begin on the date of publication of the public notice and end at 4:30 P.M. (Central Time) on the 30th day after the publication date. If the last day of the comment period is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the public comment period shall expire on the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. For information regarding the actual publication date along with the actual date and time the comment period will end, please contact Loretta Carstens, P.E. at the above address and telephone number or by email at Water-Draft-Permit-Comment@adeq.state.ar.us. Public notice, comments, and hearings will be conducted in accordance with APC&EC Regulations 6.104(A)(5) [40 CFR Parts 124.10 through 124.12 by reference] and 8.207 through 8.210 (Administrative Procedures). All persons, including the permittee, who wish to comment on ADEQ’s draft permitting decision must submit written comments to ADEQ, along with their name and mailing address. A Public Hearing will be held when ADEQ finds a significant degree of public interest. After the public comment period, ADEQ will issue a final permitting decision. ADEQ will notify the applicant and each person who has submitted written comments, or requested notice of the final permitting decision. Any interested person who has submitted comments may appeal a final decision by ADEQ in accordance with the APC&EC Regulation No. 8.603.

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