APPROVAL OF A CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION- Town of Pound Water Treatment Plant Improvements

January 29, 2024

PUBLIC NOTICE

APPROVAL OF A

CATEGORICAL

EXCLUSION FROM

AN ENVIRONMENTAL

ASSESSMENT FOR A

PROJECT FUNDED THROUGH THE VIRGINIA WATER SUPPLY

REVOLVING FUND

Public Notice No.: WSL 009-21

First Publication Date: January 30, 2024

The Virginia Department of Health has under consideration a request for a Categorical Exclusion from an Environmental Assessment for a waterworks project proposed to be funded through the Virginia Water Supply Revolving Fund. The applicant is Wise County Public Service Authority.

The Town of Pound Water Treatment Plant Improvements project consists of improvements at the Pound Water Treatment Plant (WTP), including a new finish water pump station building, bulk storage building, chemical totes, new chemical feed pumps, two media filter tanks, filter media, surface wash plumbing, backwash pump, finish water pumps, filter controls, chemical feed lines, doors, concrete steps and slab, surface waterline to the WTP, 2 to 4-inch flow control valves, and exterior paint on the clarifier, and related appurtenances. Most work will occur within previously disturbed areas and maintained, mowed areas. Construction will include brush clearing, but no tree clearing is proposed.

The project meets the following exclusion categories established by the Department:

* An upgrade in level of treatment or facility improvements of an existing treatment works on the existing site of the works. The proposed action will result in a modest change in size, use, capacity, or purpose of the original location and is being designed predominately to serve residential users.

Documentation supporting this request includes:

* Request for Categorical Exclusion by The Lane Group dated 8/31/2023

* Financial and Construction Assistance Programs Environmental Review site visit memorandum dated 11/15/2023

On the basis of a review of the request and support documentation, the Virginia Department of Health proposes to approve the request.

Persons may comment in writing to the Department on the proposed approval of the Categorical Exclusion within 30 days from the first publication date. Comments shall include the name, address, and telephone number of the writer and shall contain a complete, concise statement of the factual basis for the comments. Only those comments received within this period will be considered by the Department. Following the comment period, the Department will make its determination regarding the approval.

All comments should be addressed to:

Kelly Ward

Program Director

Financial and Construction Assistance Programs

Virginia Department

of Health -

Office of Drinking Water

109 Governor Street

Richmond, VA 23219

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