DEP reviewed a plan approval application—that was later modified—for the construction and initial operation of the facility. DEP’s review is highly technical and complex, requiring reviews and modeling by engineers in DEP’s Southwest Regional Office and Harrisburg Central Office. After a thorough and complete review of the application and determination that the proposed activity can be done in a manner that complies with applicable rules and regulations—including the health-based National Ambient Air Quality Standards—DEP generates a plan approval that includes specific conditions, including monitoring and reporting.
Public Notice on DEP’s proposed modified air quality plan approval was published in the May 30, 2020 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin, which began a 30-day public comment period. More info (begins on page 2760)
On October 4, 2018, DEP approved a revision to the plan approval to remove duct burners and modify the compliance method for the fuel sulfur limit for the proposed Beech Hollow Energy Facility. Public notice was published in the October 20, 2018 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. More info (begins on page 6704).
On October 27, 2017, DEP issued its final Air Quality Plan Approval. Public notice was published in the November 18, 2017 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. More info (begins on page 7113).
DEP published its intent to issue Air Quality Plan Approval in the June 10, 2017 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. More info (begins on page 3240). This began a 30-day period for the public to submit comments on this draft. DEP held a public hearing to solicit comments on July 12, 2017.
In accordance with the federal Clean Water Act, DEP permitting establishes limits on what can be discharged, monitoring and reporting requirements, and other provisions to ensure that the treated industrial wastewater discharge does not harm water quality or pose a threat to public health.
On May 22, 2018, DEP issued the NPDES permit [PA0252808] renewal. Public notice of DEP’s draft permit renewal was published in the April 7, 2018 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. More info (begins on page 1956).
On August 11, 2020, DEP issued an individual NPDES Permit for discharges of stormwater associated with construction activities.
Robinson Power Company, LLC’s consultant provided a number of responses and submittals to DEP’s technical deficiency letters (TDL) in addition to the permit application.