Public Notice – Environmental Permit

Published 2:28 pm Tuesday, August 1, 2017


PURPOSE OF NOTICE: To seek public comment and announce a public hearing on a draft permit from the State Water Control Board (Board) for the withdrawal of ground water for the City of Franklin, Virginia.


PUBLIC HEARING: City of Franklin City Hall Council Chambers in Franklin on August 30, 2017

ADDRESS: 207 West 2nd Avenue, Franklin, Virginia 23851

TIME: 6:00 p.m.

PURPOSE OF HEARING: To obtain input from the public related to this permit for the Board to consider.

PERMIT NAME: Groundwater Withdrawal Permit issued by the State Water Control Board

APPLICANT NAME, ADDRESS AND PERMIT NUMBER: City of Franklin; P.O. Box 179, Franklin, Virginia 23851; GW0042901

NAME AND LOCATION OF FACILITY: City of Franklin Public Water System; P.O. Box 179, Franklin, Virginia 23851;

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The City of Franklin has applied for a reissuance of a permit to withdraw groundwater in Franklin, Virginia. The permit would allow the applicant to withdraw an average of 1.6 million gallons per day, which represents a 44% reduction from the previously permitted limits. The groundwater withdrawal will support municipal public supply. The proposed withdrawal will utilize the Potomac aquifer at a depth between 355 feet to 714 feet below the land surface at the withdrawal site. An aquifer is a body of rock or layer of sediment in the ground in which groundwater is stored and transported. DEQ has made a tentative decision to issue the permit.

ISSUES RAISED BY PUBLIC: The public notice of the draft permit was published on April 28, 2017 in the Tidewater News. No comments were received from the public. However, the City of Franklin submitted a request for a public hearing, stating that that the proposed withdrawal limits and permit requirements were not agreeable to the City.

HOW TO COMMENT: The Board accepts comments by hand-delivery, e-mail, fax or postal mail. All comments must include the name, address and telephone number of the person commenting and must be received by DEQ during the comment period. The Board also accepts written and oral comments at public hearings. To make a statement at this public hearing, write your name on a sign-up sheet available before the hearing. You may sign up only for yourself. The time allowed for each statement is set by the hearing officer. The public may review the draft permit at the DEQ office named below.

CONTACT FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS, ,DOCUMENT REQUESTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Ryan Green; Department of Environmental Quality – Central Office, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, Virginia, 23218; Phone: 804-698-4258; E-mail: ADDRESS; The public may review the draft permit and application at the DEQ office named above by appointment.