April 11, 2013
On March 2, 2013, DEP advertised a policy entitled "Sewage Planning Module Review for On Lot Sewage Systems Proposed in High Quality and Exceptional Value Watersheds." The policy, if enacted would have a devastating effect on the economy of Wayne, Pike, and Monroe counties. Yet, the policy would have little environmental benefit as the waters of the three counties are extremely low in nitrate.
THE DEP PROPOSED POLICY RELATED TO ON-LOT SEWAGE SYSTEMS WILL AFFECT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US.
THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ENDS MAY 1ST SO PLEASE DON’T WAIT – DO IT RIGHT NOW
THIS AFFECTS YOU AS A LANDOWNER.
Comments should be sent to:
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Point and Non-Point Source Mgt.
Division of Planning and Permits
PO Box 8774
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774
(reference document # 385-2208-001)
Copies of your comments should also be sent to Senator Baker, Representative Brown and Governor Corbett at the following addresses:
Representative Rosemary Brown
PO Box 869
Marshalls Creek, PA 18335
Senator Lisa Baker
2512 Route 6
Hawley, PA 18428
Governor's Northeast Office
Oppenheim Building, 3rd Floor
409 Lackawanna Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
Please see the below articles regarding this policy:
Are we up the Creek
DEPs On-Lot Septic Movement
Letter to SAC Committee
Wayne County Planning Commission Letter
Special Protection Watershed Map
Due to the high level of interest in yesterday’s webinar on the “Draft Technical Guidance for DEP’s review of Sewage Facilities Planning Modules for Onlot Sewage Systems Proposed in Pennsylvania’s High Quality and Exceptional Value Watersheds,” DEP has decided to conduct a second webinar to take place Tuesday, April 23.
During the one-hour webinar, DEP staff will describe Best Management Practices (BMPs) for individual and community onlot sewage systems that can achieve nonpoint source control in High Quality and Exceptional Value waters, and review the process for selecting appropriate BMPs to achieve such control.
The webinar will be held from 2-3 p.m., Tuesday, April 23. The webinar is free but registration is required. To register, visit https://copa.webex.com/copa/onstage/g.php?d=648587324&t=a
The Draft Technical Guidance can be found here: http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/Get/Document-93420/385-2208-001.pdf
Public comments regarding the Draft Technical Guidance are due to DEP May 1.
On Thursday, April 25th the Pike County Chamber will be hosting a Breakfast Seminar at the Best Western Inn at Hunt's Landing promptly at 7:30a.m. This month's topic is "The DEP Policy that could Stop all desirable growth in Pike County and Northeastern PA".
If you are in real estate, banking, or construction or, if you own land or, you run any type of business or, if you think we need new jobs and commerce to feed our local economy - please take note. You need to know about a proposed policy that the Pennsylvania Department of Evnvironmental Protection (DEP) calls DEP ID: 385-2208-001. While it sounds innocent enough, the implications are profound. DEP ID: 385-2208-001 is a proposal that would impose additional development requirements on new projects in the form of nitrogen credits. Like many government policies, it sounds good and it is likely well-intentioned. But in Pike County there is neither a problem to be solved nor, is the solution desirable relative to the economic future of Pike County.
Justin Hoffmann, a Professional Engineer with Kiley Associates, LLC (Surveyors and Engineers) will give us background information, case studies and present a science-based discussion on the proposal. He will be joined by Will Whitehead who is a Sewer Engineer and Brian Oram who is a Professional Geologist. Together these speakers will deliver a compelling presentation on why this proposed policy might not be in the best interests of Pike County and the region. Reservations are required by calling 570-296-8700 no later than April 24th.