Division of Water Quality
Utah Department of Environmental
Public Notice of Renewal of
Ground Water Discharge Permit
Permit No. UGW150002
Purpose of Public Notice
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is soliciting comments
on its proposal to renew a ground water discharge permit described
below under authority of the Utah Water Quality Act, Section
19-5-104(1)(I) Utah Code Annotated 1953, as amended and Utah
Administrative Code R317-6.
Permittee Name: Pacificorp Huntington Power Plant
Mailing Address: 201 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Facility Location: Highway 31 West of Huntington
Huntington, Utah 84528
The Pacificorp Huntington Power Plant is a coal-fired steam electric
generating facility. The power plant operates the Huntington Research
Farm to dispose of non-contact cooling water, boiler blowdown, and
treated domestic wastewater, which is stored in a clay-lined
evaporation pond throughout the year. This water is used to irrigate
255 acres of farmland located southeast of the power plant from April
through November. The power plant also operates one active and one
closed landfill for the disposal of combustion waste, including fly
ash, bottom ash and scrubber sludge. Pacificorp has also identified
other potential ground water discharge sources at the plant site.
These include the coal pile and blending facility, the power plant
site itself, and ponds used to hold storm water, sanitary sewer
treatment effluent and process wastewater.
Under the ground water discharge permit, Pacificorp will continue the
current ground water monitoring program at the land application site.
Protection limits for ground water quality have been established for
monitor wells located between the land application area and Huntington
Creek, to ensure ground water affected by power plant operations is
not discharging into the creek. Pacificorp has developed subsurface
structures to divert contaminated ground water downgradient from the
combustion waste landfills into the land application. Pacificorp has
also developed best management practices to minimize any potential
discharge of contaminants from the landfills, the plant site, the coal
storage area and impoundments associated with the power plant. Ground
water protection levels have also been established for monitor wells
adjacent to these facilities.
Public comments are invited any time prior to Monday, August 1, 2011.
Written comments may be directed to the Division of Water Quality,
P.O. Box 144870, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4870. All comments received
prior to close of business Monday, August 1, 2011, will be considered
in the formulation of final determinations to be imposed on the
permit. A public hearing may be held if written requests are received
within the first 15 days of this public comment period that
demonstrate significant public interest and substantive issues exist
to warrant holding a hearing.
Additional information may be obtained upon request by calling Mark
Novak at (801) 536-4358 or by writing the aforementioned address.
Related documents are available for review at the following website:
www.waterquality.utah.gov or during normal business hours at the
Division of Water Quality, 195 N. 1950 W., Salt Lake City.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals
with special needs (including auxiliary communicative aids and
services) should contact Dana Powers, Office of Human Resources at
(801) 536-4413, TDD (801) 536-4414.
Published in the Sun Advocate June 30, 2011.
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