Notice of Issuance of an Environmental Assessment and Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact for the Proposed Coverage of the Chief Joseph Fish Hatchery Under the Aquaculture General Permit in Washington State
About this Public Notice
Public Notice Issued:
April 10, 2013
May 10, 2013
Pursuant to the provisions of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq., EPA proposes to provide NPDES permit coverage to the Chief Joseph Hatchery Program under the 2009 NPDES general permit for Federal and tribal aquaculture facilities in Washington State (Washington GP). The Chief Joseph Hatchery Program includes a new Chinook fish hatchery on the Columbia River and five acclimation and release ponds on the Okanogan River and Omak Creek, located in Okanogan County, Washington. The proposed project intends to increase returns of adult Chinook salmon in the Okanogan River and Columbia River immediately below Chief Joseph Dam.
New effluent limitation guidelines and new source performance standards for the concentrated aquatic animal production point source category went into effect on September 22, 2004 (69 FR 51892; 40 CFR Part 451). Aquaculture facilities with an annual production of 100,000 pounds or more of aquatic organisms are required to get NPDES permit coverage prior to discharging to waters of the U.S. In addition, aquaculture facilities constructed after promulgation of these new source performance standards are considered new sources under 40 CFR 122.29. In accordance with Section 511(c)(1) of the CWA and EPA’s regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) at 40 CFR Part 6, issuance of NPDES permits for new sources are considered major federal actions subject to NEPA review. The new hatchery facility on the Columbia River meets the production threshold to be considered a new source. As a new source, coverage of the new hatchery facility under the Washington GP is subject to NEPA review. The acclimation ponds on the Okanogan River and Omak Creek do not meet the production threshold to be considered new sources and coverage of those facilities is not subject to NEPA review.
Documents are available for review.
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Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
This notice will serve as Public Notice of EPA’s issuance of an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for coverage of the Chief Joseph Fish Hatchery under the 2009 Washington GP. As the 2009 Washington GP already underwent a public review and comment period at the time of permit issuance, comments will only be accepted on the EA and Preliminary FONSI, not the Washington GP. In compliance with the requirements of NEPA, EPA has prepared an EA, which incorporates by reference the appropriate sections of the 2009 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) prepared by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) for the Chief Joseph Hatchery Program. Based on the analysis in the FEIS and consideration of the NPDES permit conditions and impact reduction measures in the project’s Mitigation Action Plan, and in accordance with the guidelines for determining the significance of proposed Federal actions (40 C.F.R. 1508.27), EPA has concluded that coverage of the Chief Joseph Fish Hatchery under the 2009 Washington GP will not result in any significant impacts on the human environment.
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Persons wishing to comment on the tentative determinations contained in the EA or Preliminary FONSI may do so in writing within 30 days of the date of this public notice. Comments must be received by May 10, 2013, to be considered in the formulation of final determinations regarding permit coverage and the NEPA analysis. All comments must include the name, address, telephone number of the commenter, a concise statement of the exact basis of any comment, and the relevant facts upon which it is based. All written comments and requests should be submitted to EPA Region 10, to the attention of Mr. Jamey Stoddard, NEPA Compliance Coordinator, Office of Water and Watersheds, 1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900, OWW-130, Seattle, WA 98101. Comments may also be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via facsimile to (206)-553-0165.
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The BPA’s FEIS and other associated documents can be viewed on the Chief Joseph Hatchery Program website at: http://efw.bpa.gov/environmental_services/Document_Library/Chief_Joseph/
Documents available for download:
Disability Reasonable Accommodation Notice:
If you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact Audrey Washington at (206) 553-0523. TTY/TDD users please dial Washington Relay Service at 1 (800) 833-6388. Please provide one week advance notice for special requests not related to ongoing programs and services.
|The EA and Preliminary FONSI are on file and may be inspected at the EPA Region 10 office any time between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday:|
|U.S. EPA Region 10|
1200 6th Avenue, Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98101
|Copies and other information may be requested by writing to the EPA at the above addresses to the attention of the NPDES Permits Unit, by sending an e-mail to Washington.Audrey@epa.gov or by calling (206) 553-0523. |
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