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Public Notice Environmental Permit PURPOSE OF NOTICE: To seek public comment on a draft modification of an existing permit from the Department of Environmental Quality that will allow the release of wastewater and storm water into a water body in the City of Richmond, Virginia. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: May 14, 2022 to June 13, 2022 PERMIT NAME: Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Wastewater issued by DEQ, under the authority of the State Water Control Board APPLICANT NAME, ADDRESS AND PERMIT NUMBER: City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities; 730 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219; VA0063177. FACILITY NAME AND LOCATION: City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities which includes the City of Richmond Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), the City of Richmond Combined Sewer System (CSS) and the City of Richmond Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4); the WWTP is located at 1400 Brander Street, Richmond, VA 23224. The MS4 service area is located within the City of Richmond. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The City of Richmond has applied for a modified permit to change the location of the Combined Sewer Outfall number 004 on Gillie Creek in the City of Richmond. The applicant is currently authorized to release treated sewage wastewaters from residential and industrial areas at a rate of 45 million gallons per day into a water body. Sludge from the treatment process is disposed of via land-application by a Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) - permitted contractor. The facility releases the treated sewage in the James River in The City of Richmond in the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean and Small Coastal Basins watershed. A watershed is the land area drained by a river and its incoming streams. The permit limits the following pollutants to amounts that protect water quality: toxicity, nutrients, organic matter, and solids. This facility is subject to the requirements of 9 VAC 25-820 and has registered for coverage under the General VPDES Watershed Permit Regulation for Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorus Discharges and Nutrient Trading in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in Virginia under registration number VAN040085. HOW TO COMMENT AND/OR REQUEST A PUBLIC HEARING: DEQ accepts comments and requests for public hearing {on the draft permit} {on the draft modifications to the permit} by hand-delivery, e-mail, fax or postal mail. All comments and requests must be in writing and be received by DEQ during the comment period. DEQ must receive hand-delivery and postal mail by close of business and email and fax comments by 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the comment period. Submittals must include the names, mailing addresses and telephone numbers of the commenter/ requester and of all persons represented by the commenter/requester. A request for public hearing must also include: 1) The reason why a public hearing is requested. 2) A brief, informal statement regarding the nature and extent of the interest of the requester or of those represented by the requestor, including how and to what extent such interest would be directly and adversely affected by the permit. 3) Specific references, where possible, to terms and conditions of the permit with suggested revisions. A public hearing may be held, including another comment period, if public response is significant, based on individual requests for a public hearing, and there are substantial, disputed issues relevant to the permit. CONTACT FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS, DOCUMENT REQUESTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Jeanne Puricelli; Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060; Phone: (804) 720-3682; E-mail: Jeanne.Puricelli@deq.virginia.gov; Fax: (804) 698-4178. The public may review the draft permit and application at the DEQ office named above by appointment or may request copies of the documents from the contact person listed above.

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