DEEP: Summit Corporation of America -Notice of Tentative Decision of Intent to Renew a NPDES Permit (Thomaston)

Notice of Tentative Decision
Intent to Renew a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit for the Following Discharges into the Waters of the State of Connecticut
 
 
TENTATIVE DECISION
The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection (“Commissioner”) hereby gives notice of a tentative decision to renew a permit to discharge into the waters of the state based on an application submitted by SUMMIT CORPORATION OF AMERICA (“the applicant”) under section 22a-430 of the Connecticut General Statutes (“CGS”). The receiving water associated with this permit renewal is the Naugatuck River.
 
In accordance with applicable federal and state law, the Commissioner has made a tentative decision that modification of the existing system would protect the waters of the state from pollution.
 
The proposed permit, if issued by the Commissioner, will require that the subject wastewater be treated to meet the applicable effluent limitations/conditions and will require periodic monitoring to demonstrate that the discharge will not cause pollution.
 
ACTIVITIES THAT ARE THE SUBJECT OF THE DRAFT PERMIT
Summit Corporation of America (“Summit”) has submitted an application for the renewal of its NPDES permit, CT0001180. The activities which are the subject of this application take place at Summit’s facility at 1430 Waterbury Road in Thomaston, Connecticut. The activity involves the collection, treatment, and discharge of wastewater generated from Summit’s metal finishing operations. The type of wastewater treatment that occurs on-site includes: cyanide destruction, equalization, metals precipitation, flocculation, and clarification. Hexavalent chromium treatment is proposed. The discharge consists of the following types of wastewaters: metal finishing wastewaters; laboratory wastewater; water treatment wastewater; air scrubber wastewater; floor wash water/building maintenance wastewater; tumbling wastewater; on-site groundwater remediation wastewater (proposed); drum rinsing wastewater; reverse osmosis backwash water; boiler blowdown; air compressor blowdown/condensate; and fire suppression test water. The treated wastewater contains the following types of toxic pollutants: metals, cyanide, and total toxic organics. Following treatment, this wastewater is discharged into the Naugatuck River through one outfall, identified as Discharge Serial Number (“DSN”) 001-1, location as follows:
 
 Discharge ID  Latitude   Longitude  Location 
 DSN 001-1  41 37' 38.38"  73 04' 10.53"  Approx. 2 miles south of Reynolds Bridge, east side of the Naugatuck River
 
 
The draft permit allows for up to 400,000 gallons per day of treated wastewater to be discharged from DSN 001-1. This is a continuous discharge. The wastewater discharge is subject to 40 CFR 433 (Metal Finishing Point Source Category).
 
REGULATORY CONDITIONS
Effluent Limitations and Conditions: Consistent with section 22a-430-4(l) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies (RCSA), limitations and conditions in this permit are based on: 1) Section 301(b)(1)(C) of the Clean Water Act; 2) 40 CFR 433.16, New Source Performance Standards; 3) Section 22a-430-4(s) of the RCSA; 4) a Case-by-Case determination established in accordance with section 22a-430-4(m) of the RCSA. In addition, the permit contains limitations on internal waste streams. The permit limits and conditions will ensure that the state’s Water Quality Standards, including the antidegradation standards and policies, are met.
 
Compliance Schedule: This permit contains an enforceable compliance schedule which requires the applicant to take steps to comply with water quality based permit limits. 
 
COMMISSIONER'S AUTHORITY
The Commissioner is authorized to approve or deny such permits pursuant to section 22a-430 of the Connecticut General Statutes and the Water Discharge Permit Regulations (Sections 22a-430-3 and 22a-430-4 of the RCSA).
 
INFORMATION REQUESTS
The application has been assigned the following numbers by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Please use these numbers when corresponding with this office regarding this application.
 
APPLICATION NO. 201205290    PERMIT ID NO. CT0001180    FACILITY ID NO. 140-011
 
The name and mailing address of the permit applicant are: Summit Corporation of America, 1430 Waterbury Road, Thomaston, Connecticut  06787
 
Interested persons may obtain copies of the application by contacting Mark Conti, Plant Manager, Summit Corporation of America, Thomaston, Connecticut at (860) 283-4391 ext. 273
 
The application is available for inspection by contacting Christine Gleason at (860) 424-3278 at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127 from 8:30-4:30, Monday through Friday.
 
The draft permit and fact sheet are available on the Department’s website at http://www.ct.gov/deep/ under “Public Notices”.
 
Any interested person may request in writing that his or her name be put on a mailing list to receive notice of intent to issue any permit to discharge to the surface waters of the state.  Such request may be for the entire state or any geographic area of the state and shall clearly state in writing the name and mailing address of the interested person and the area for which notices are requested.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
Prior to making a final determination to approve or deny any application, the Commissioner shall consider written comments on the application from interested persons that are received within thirty days of this public notice. Written comments should be directed to Christine Gleason, Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT, 06106 5127. The Commissioner may hold a public hearing prior to approving or denying an application if in the Commissioner’s discretion the public interest will be best served thereby, and shall hold a hearing upon receipt of a petition signed by at least twenty-five persons. Notice of any public hearing shall be published at least thirty days prior to the hearing.
 
Petitions for a hearing should include the application number noted above and also identify a contact person to receive notifications.  Petitions may also identify a person who is authorized to engage in discussions regarding the application and, if resolution is reached, withdraw the petition.  Original signed petitions may be scanned and sent electronically to deep.adjudications@ct.gov or may be mailed or delivered to: DEEP Office of Adjudications, 79 Elm Street, 3rd floor, Hartford, CT 06106-5127. If submitted electronically, original signed petitions must also be mailed or delivered to the address above within ten days of electronic submittal.
 
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request an accommodation contact us at (860) 418-5910 or deep.accommodations@ct.gov.
 

/s/Oswald Inglese, JR., Director
Water Permitting and Enforcement Division
Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance
 
Published in the Waterbury Republican-American on March 30, 2019.