Public Notice FINDING OF NO SIGNIFI

89701 | 06/22/2019 | Ad id: 7-0000443000-01
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Public Notice FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT CLEAN WATER STATE REVOLVING FUND LOAN The Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) in Sections 445A.742 to 445A.762, inclusive, outlines the environmental review process to be followed by the Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). Project Name: New Wastewater Treatment Package Plant for Gold Hill Project No.: 1 - Year 2020 Priority List Applicant: Storey County The project will be funded with a loan from the CWSRF in an amount not to exceed $530,000 and a loan from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD). Improvements to the Gold Hill wastewater treatment system were originally part of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Storey County project for the Virginia City wastewater system. The original project proposed for Gold Hill included constructing sewer lift stations and force main to convey wastewater from Gold Hill to the new Virginia City wastewater treatment plant. That project also included replacement of the existing sewer collection system in Gold Hill and extension of the collection system to several properties in the Gold Hill area that are on individual septic systems. Due to cost, the project has changed to provide Gold Hill with its own small wastewater treatment package plant on the same land parcel of the existing commercial septic system and leach field. The package plant's treated effluent will discharge to Gold Creek under a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit from NDEP. No improvements will be made to the sewer collection system. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) originally assessed the potential environmental effects of the Virginia City project and the effect the project may have on historic properties. The Environmental Assessment (EA) was published on October 5, 2012 for a 30-day comment period. No comments of any nature were received. After consideration of the project proposal, federal and state environmental regulatory and natural resource agency requirements, and public input, the USACE determined that the project would not have a significant effect on the human environment and an Environmental Impact Statement would not be prepared. The basis of the determination was the location of the project and proposed construction methods to be used. In April 2019, an update to the original EA was prepared by the engineering consultant for Storey County to reflect the change in project scope for Gold Hill. As required by NEPA and as a part of the underwriting process, the USDA-RD assessed the potential environmental effects of the new project proposal and determined that it is eligible for a FONSI as it is unlikely to have a negative effect, either individually or cumulatively, on the quality of the human environment. After review of the USACE original EA and the update to that EA, NDEP concurs with the findings and determination of the USDA-RD. No wetlands, floodplains, agricultural lands, or significant fish or wildlife species or habitats are affected by the project. The project area is located within the boundaries of the Virginia City Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as being a National Historic Landmark. In order to avoid or minimize any adverse impacts, the USDA-RD and NDEP will require Storey County to comply with the Programmatic Agreement (PA) that accompanies the EA. The Second Amendment of the PA among the Sacramento District of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, The Sierra Front Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, the Nevada State Historic Preservation Officer, and the Storey County Public Works Department details steps to be taken to identify and mitigate any potential adverse effect to historic properties within the area of potential effect. Documentation supporting these conclusions is available for public examination at the office of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, 901 S. Stewart St., Suite 4001, Carson City, Nevada 89701. Comments for consideration on this determination must be submitted by July 26, 2019 to: Michelle Stamates, P.E., State Revolving Fund Programs, 901 S. Stewart St., Suite 4001, Carson City, NV 89701. Comments may also be submitted by FAX to (775) 687-5856 or by e-mail to Email Me. Questions regarding this notice may be directed to Michelle Stamates at (775) 687-9331. The process of environmental review shall be deemed complete if no comments that the NDEP determines to be significant are received within the time allowed for public comment. Starting 28 August 2019, all public notices from the Division will be available only on the Division website at www.ndep.nv.gov. If you would like to sign up for an e-mail list, visit our website and click on "Get Notices." To sign up for notices to be mailed to you please call 775-687-4670. Pub: June 22, 2019 Ad#0000443000