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City of Butler, NJ - Butler Municipal Utilities is applying for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the construction and operation of its new effluent treatment facility. According to city water, the new plant will be constructed on the site of a former landfill. The new plant is expected to produce less hazardous waste and will provide an improved wastewater treatment process for Butler water utilities.
As Butler's water treatment process will no longer be permitted to release significant amounts of hazardous materials into the local water body, we anticipate that there will be an increase in the risk to public health and the environment. Butler Municipal Utilities plans to address this risk by providing a separate, independent effluent treatment facility to the existing Butler Municipal Utilities facility, which currently discharges treated wastewater into Butler Creek.
The city does not currently receive a discharge permit from the Division of Water Environment, which is responsible for all NPDES permits, and the effluent treatment facility construction and operation does not fall under Butler's existing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
Therefore, we anticipate that this project will need to go through an effluent discharge review (EDR) process. The current estimate is for construction to be completed in Spring 2015. We plan to begin constructing this facility in the fall of 2014 and will begin taking an NPDES permit for operation in 2016.
To better explain how this process will work, we have included a summary of the NPDES permitting process for wastewater facilities in New Jersey and information on the New Jersey Water Management Research Consortium (NJWRSC) model.
We hope to answer any questions you may have during this process by referring you to the NJWRSC's website or the Division of Water Environment's website.
An online version of this article has been published for public comment through December 1, 2014.
The application was first reviewed by staff of the Division of Water Environment, who recommended that staff perform a preliminary review and forward a memo to the Water Management Administrator and the Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for the review and recommendation of approval to the Executive Director.
The Executive Director approved this project, and the Assistant Administrator for the Bureau reviewed the application and made a final recommendation.
A request for variance was considered, but staff recommended denial, based on the following criteria:
188.8.131.52.6 – Permit limits, monitoring, and reporting requirements
184.108.40.206.6.2 – The request was not granted, but additional information was requested.
220.127.116.11.6.4 – An alternative proposal was submitted and a variance was granted. The second proposal was for the construction of a new municipal wastewater treatment facility in Butler, NJ. As part of this proposal, the owner also offered to extend the existing existing Butler municipal wastewater treatment facility by approximately 300 feet to accommodate the additional wastewater treatment needs in the Butler Township area, as well as provide the needed wastewater collection facilities.
18.104.22.168.6.5 – An additional request for additional information was received and a request for additional variance was considered, but staff recommended that the original variance application be approved.
22.214.171.124.6.6 – The request for additional variance was approved.
126.96.36.199.6.7 – The project was modified and included a proposal to modify the existing City of New Brunswick treatment plant. The request was considered, but staff recommended that the project be denied.
The following is a copy of the project memorandum that details all aspects of the permit.
Please Note: If you would like to participate in the public comment portion of this decision, please submit your comments and arguments by the comment period. You must also include your name and contact information in the comment as well as submit a letter and include it in the comment. (Please see the comments section under 188.8.131.52.6.7 in the project memorandum for further details.)