Two Morgan County, Alabama permit requests to Alabama Department of Environmental Management

Morgan County Board of Education and Hyosung USA have applied to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for discharging liquids into the Tennessee River at Decatur, Alabama. Decatur has been in the center of controversy over the discharge of PFOS and PFOA pollutants into the Tennessee River.

ADEM Activity Notice

Morgan County Board of Education, 1325 Point Mallard Parkway SE, Decatur, AL 35603, NPDES Permit Number AL0051853, for re-issuance of a permit which limits the discharge of pollutants from treated domestic wastewater from Brewer High School WWTP, Highway 61 at Florette, Somerville, AL 35670, for the purpose of meeting federal and state water quality regulatory standards. The subject permit regulates the discharge of treated wastewater to Six Mile Creek, classified as Fish & Wildlife, in the Tennessee River Basin.

Hyosung USA, 500 19th Avenue Southeast, Decatur, Alabama 35601, NPDES Permit Number AL0000361, for re-issuance of existing discharges resulting from stormwater runoff, non-contact cooling water, cooling tower blowdown, cooling tower overflow, and boiler blowdown associated with tire cord and cord cement manufacturing discharging through Outfalls DSN001 and DSN002 to the Tennessee River, classified as Public Water Supply, Swimming, and Fish and Wildlife, in the Tennessee River Basin.  The Department has determined that the entity providing water to the Permittee is a public water system in accordance with Section 1401 of the Safe Drinking Water Act; therefore, the Permittee is exempt from the requirements of Section 316(b) of the federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. section 1326) and rules adopted under this section.

Persons wishing to comment may do so, in writing, to the Department’s named contact above within 30 days following the publication date of this notice. COMMENTERS SHOULD IDENTIFY THE APPROPRIATE NPDES NUMBER ON THE FIRST PAGE OF THEIR COMMENTS. In order to affect final decisions, comments must offer technically substantial information that is applicable to the proposed permit.

A written request for a public hearing may also be filed within that 30-day period and must state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised in the hearing. The Director shall hold a public hearing whenever it is found, on the basis of hearing requests, that there exists a significant degree of public interest in the permit application or draft permit. The Director may also hold a hearing if he determines that it would clarify one or more issues involved in the permit decision.

After consideration of all written comments, review of any public hearing record, and consideration of the requirements of the Alabama Water Pollution Control Act, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and applicable regulations, the Department will make a final determination. The Department will develop a response to comments, which will become part of the public record and will be available to persons upon request. Notice will be sent to any person requesting notice of the final action.

The Department maintains a list of interested individuals who are mailed legal notices regarding proposed permits. If you wish to receive such notices, contact the Permits & Services Division via telephone (334-271-7714), e-mail ([email protected]), or postal service (P.O. Box 301463, Montgomery, AL 36130-1463).

This notice is hereby given this 15th day of March, 2017, by authorization of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

Lance R. LeFleur

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