Pennsylvania DEP issues discharge permit to Invenergy Lackawanna gas plant

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) an affiliate of Invenergy for a proposed 1500-MW natural gas power plant in Lackawanna County.

DEP announced March 15 that it has issued the permit to Lackawanna Energy Center, LLC of Chicago to discharge treated wastewater from the proposed gas-fired power plant to be constructed on Industrial Drive in Jessup, Lackawanna County.

“The department thoroughly reviewed Lackawanna Energy’s application and found that it met the criteria for discharge regulations,” said Mike Bedrin, Director of DEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilkes-Barre.

The NPDES Permit allows for a new discharge of air-cooled cooling tower blowdown, low volume industrial wastewater, chiller effluent and storm-water into Grassy Island, which is a designated cold water fishery.

The DEP published notice of the draft permit in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Nov. 7, 2015 and solicited written comment. A public hearing was also held in January of 2016 to solicit public comment at Valley View High School in Archbald. A total of thirty-seven (37) comments were received by the department and a subsequent comment/response document was also prepared.

A copy of the NPDES permit and comment/response document can be viewed at DEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilkes-Barre.

In January, a citizen group that had been a vocal foe of the plant, Citizens for a Healthy Jessup, announced that it was abandoning its legal fight against the facility.

A majority of the Jessup Borough Council voted last summer to modify a local zoning ordinance to allow the power plant to go forward.

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