||City of McCook
||SE¼ and NW¼ of Section 33, Township 3 North, Range 29 West, Red Willow County, Nebraska
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||Class I Emergency Permit
||April 5, 2018
||May 5, 2018
PUBLIC NOTICE OF PERMIT ISSUANCE
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Water Quality Division
Pursuant to Title 122, Rules and Regulations for Underground Injection and Mineral Production Wells, Chapters 32 and 33, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality is public noticing an emergency permit, NE0212125, to the City of McCook for the operation of one Class I Non-Hazardous Waste Injection Well. The duration of this emergency permit is effective until their permit is reissued, NE0210560, or a maximum of 90 days, whichever is less. The injection well is located in Red Willow County, Nebraska.
The proposed emergency permit provides conditions and limitations on injection parameters. The Department proposes to use conditions and limitations implemented in the current Class I Non-Hazardous Waste Injection Well NE0210560. The permit requires the operator to monitor concentrations of specific parameters in the injection fluids to ensure compliance with permit conditions.
Copies of the fact sheet and all information pertaining to the permit issuance will be available for viewing and copying at the Department of Environmental Quality, Suite 400, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, in Lincoln between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays, or mailed upon request, prior to May 5th, 2018. Further information may be obtained from Amanda Jones, Groundwater Unit, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, Lincoln, Nebraska (402) 471-4290.
Individuals requiring special accommodations or alternate formats of materials should notify the Department by calling (402) 471-2186. TDD users should call 711 and ask the relay operator to call the Department at (402) 471-2186.
For issuance of Underground Injection Control Emergency Permit Number NE0212125 to the City of McCook, NE, to operate a Class I Non-Hazardous Waste Injection Well. This emergency permit issuance does not involve discharges to the land surface or surface waters of the State of Nebraska.
Issuing Office: Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ)
Suite 400, The Atrium
1200 N Street
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-8922
Applicant: City of McCook
302 West 5th St.
McCook, NE 69001
The City of McCook operates a drinking water treatment facility (SIC #4941), whose specific operations involve treating groundwater to be used for drinking water in the City of McCook, NE.
The City of McCook Class I Non-Hazardous Waste Injection Well is located in the SE¼ and NW¼ of Section 33, Township 3 North, Range 29 West, Red Willow County, Nebraska.
The emergency permit was issued on April 7, 2018 to The City of McCook, NE. by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ). This permit is good for a maximum of 90 days from issuance, or until the permit NE0210560 is reissued, whichever is less. The emergency permit will be public noticed within 10 days of issuance.
The reissuance of the existing permit will be similar to the emergency permit. However, a permit issuance must undergo a 30-day public notice prior to being issued by NDEQ. The emergency permit has been issued at this time to allow the City of McCook to continue disposal of their wastewater down the injection well which, due to the late submission of their permit application.
As described in the application and previous permit, the City of McCook drinking water treatment facility utilizes an Ion Exchange and pH Modification treatment system in order to remove arsenic, uranium, and nitrate from groundwater.
The following is a table containing the composition of the injection stream as reported by the applicant in the most recent monthly monitoring report (MMR).
On the basis of preliminary staff review, the NDEQ has made a determination to issue emergency permit number NE0212125.
5.0 – 9.5(a)
pH analysis shall occur within 15 minutes of sample collection.
Abbreviations: mg/l – milligrams per liter S.U. – standard units pCl/l – picocuries per liter
N.D. – Non-detect
The following is a brief explanation of the statutory and regulatory provisions on which the proposed emergency permit issuance is based.
Permit Application for a Class I Non-Hazardous Waste Injection Well (NE0210560) and $25,000.00 filing fee, received by NDEQ on March 9, 2018.
Email from Amanda Jones, NDEQ, to the City of McCook submitting a draft emergency permit for review, dated March 19, 2018.
Nebraska Environmental Protection Act and related laws.
NDEQ Title 122 - Rules and Regulations for Underground Injection and Mineral Production Wells.
40 CFR Parts 144-147, Underground Injection Control Program, State UIC Program Requirements, UIC program: Criteria and Standards, State Underground Injection Control Programs.
The following is an explanation of the calculations and derivations of the specific Operational Parameters and Limitations set forth in the emergency permit, and the reasons why they are applicable to the injection proposal:
Reason for the Permit: The emergency permit has been prepared in accordance with specific regulations contained within Nebraska Title 122 – Rules and Regulations for Underground Injection and Mineral Production Wells.
Water Quality Considerations: The proposed injection activity will not, by definition, emplace water into subsurface aquifers, which are considered to be Underground Sources of Drinking Water (USDW) under State and Federal regulations. Drinking Water Quality effluent limitations, therefore, do not apply to the proposed discharge.
Emergency Permit Effluent Limitations and Considerations: The emergency permit establishes Operational Parameters and Limitations for water discharged to the injection well system. Treatment processes include arsenic, nitrate, and uranium removal by Ion Exchange and pH modification. The emergency permit utilizes effluent parameters and limitations to characterize the water discharged to the injection well.
Injection Pressure, Injection Volume, Injection Rate, and Minimum Allowable Operating Annulus Pressure
The emergency permit requires continuous recording devices or gauges to be utilized to measure injection pressure, volume and rates, as well as the Minimum Allowable Operating Annulus Pressure of the injection well system. These operational limitations are based on the knowledge of the construction of the well and the injection aquifer.
pH and Temperature
The emergency permit establishes a pH range for the effluent limitation of 5.0-9.5. Temperature will be used in conjunction with the annulus pressure to ensure proper fluid levels in the annulus between the injection tubing and the long string casing.
Calcium, Sodium, Nitrate, Bicarbonate, Sulfate, and Chloride
There are no limitations for calcium in the emergency permit. The emergency permit establishes limitations for sodium, nitrate, bicarbonate, sulfate, and chloride. The limitations are to establish the character of the wastewater discharged to the injection well.
Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Chromium, Lead, Mercury, Selenium, and Silver
The emergency permit establishes limitations for arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium, and silver. These limitations are based on Title 128, Rules and Regulations Governing Hazardous Waste Management in Nebraska, Chapter 3.
The applicant has not requested any variance or alternatives to any required standards or operational parameters.
Copies of public information pertaining to this issue (Permit Issuance) are available for review and copying at the Department’s office, Suite 400, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., weekdays.
(See attached file: McCook NE0212125 EMERGENCY.pdf)