Greene County’s current comprehensive plan will expire in 2020 and the county is in the process of updating it’s comprehensive plan. A Comprehensive plan serves as a document designed to guide the future actions of a community. It presents a vision for the future, with long-range goals and objectives for all activity that affect the local government. Comprehensive plans are critical documents for local government to access funding sources to support the vision of the region.
The county is currently in the planning process and an advisory committee of the Greene County Planning Commission is working to draft the new comprehensive plan. The 50 member advisory committee has been meeting since March to develop the plan that will help define what the county hopes to accomplish over the next 10 years in terms of community and economic development.
The advisory team is hosting a series of open house-type public meetings to share about the process and get input from residents on what should be included in the draft plan. This is your opportunity early in the process to share whether you are concerned about an increase in development in your rural community, a need to have increased access to broadband and cell service, diversifying employment opportunities, or any other visions, hopes you want to see the county work towards.
The public meetings are scheduled as follows:
Tuesday, September 18th from 4 PM to 7 PM
Jefferson Fire Hall
1483 Jefferson Rd
Jefferson, PA 15344
Wednesday, September 19th from 4 PM to 7 PM
Center Township Fire Hall
RR 21 Box 397
Rogersville, PA 15359
Thursday, September 20th from 4 PM to 7 PM
Carmichaels Fire hall
420 W George St
Carmichaels, PA 15320
Tuesday, September 25th from 4 PM to 7 PM
Mon View Park Roller Rink
Greensboro, PA 15338
Thursday, September 27th from 4 PM to 7 PM
Franklin Township Municipal Building
568 Rolling Meadows Rd
Waynesburg, PA 15370
This is the beginning of the process to get public input on the comprehensive plan and once the draft plan is complete the county will notice a 45 day public period and potentially a public hearing. If you need assistance getting to any of these meetings or want to make sure concerns are raised in your absence please contact Veronica at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724-229-3550. CCJ will have a team member at all meetings.
If you want more information on the comprehensive planning process you can contact James Protin Jr with Mackin Engineering Company at email@example.com.
The DEP Office of Environmental Justice has released a draft Environmental Justice Public Participation Policy, under the guidance of the Environmental Justice Advisory Board and with input from the Environmental Justice Listening Sessions. The draft Environmental Justice Public Participation Policy is open for public comments until August 28, 2018. While there are some improvements to the policy document, it does not go far enough to adequately ensure environmental justice communities will be heard in the permitting process.
In particular, the draft policy still leaves oil and gas permits off the trigger list to kickstart increased public participation. This demand was raised at every Environmental Justice Listening Sessions and should be added to the new public participation policy. In addition, DEP should use language requiring the applicants to follow this policy rather than merely encouraging them to do so.
The Cumberland Mine is renewing their water discharge permit, and it will increase the amount of sulfate pollution into the Monongahela River, which is a major drinking water source for southwestern Pennsylvania. The discharge is located just a few miles upstream from the Carmichaels Water Authority drinking water intake. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public hearing regarding the NPDES Water Quality Permit for the Cumberland Mine Coal Refuse Disposal Facility on August 9th, 2018 at the Greensboro VFD/Church Building, 384 Stoney Hill Road, Greensboro from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The nature of the public hearing is to solicit concerns and comments regarding the draft amended NPDES permit for the Cumberland Mine Coal Refuse Disposal Facility.
The Monongahela River is considered to be no longer impaired for sulfates, so the mine is increasing the amount of sulfates they will discharge into the river, without taking into consideration the other mine discharges in that area.
The site has three (3) NPDES outfalls located in Monongahela and Whiteley Townships, Greene County. We encourage you to attend the public hearing where Department representative will be available to receive written and verbal testimony regarding the draft NPDES permit. Testimony will be placed into public record for the draft NPDES permit and considered by Department staff in the review process.
If you have any other questions, concerns or comments please contact Nick at the Center for Coalfield Justice at (724) 229-3550 x4 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public notices from Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection - click the title to read them.
Last week NPDES renewal permit for the Eighty Four Mine now called Washington County Coal Company and pipeline encroachment permits for Shell Pipeline near Houston, PA. Click below for more information.
Below are public notices from Department of Environmental Protection. Click the title to read them all.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Fort Cherry Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium (110 Fort Cherry Road, McDonald, PA 15057) for an Air Quality Plan Approval application for the proposed Robinson Power Company, LLC Beech Hollow Project. The proposed natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant with a 1,000 MW generating capacity would be located adjacent to the Champion Processing Inc. waste coal pile in Robinson Township, Washington County.
Attend the meeting to learn what Robinson Power plans are and get your questions answered. Public testimony will begin at 7:00 PM and each individual will have 5 minutes to testify. The DEP encourages people to register beforehand to testify at the hearing by submitting written notice to Lauren Fraley, Community Relations Coordinator at email@example.com, care of DEP’s Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or by phone at 412-442-4203. There will also be an opportunity to register on site on the evening of the hearing.
Individuals who cannot attend the hearing may submit written public comments to the attention of Alan Binder, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Written testimony must include the commenter’s name, address, and phone number and reference the proposed Robinson Power Plan Approval (PA-63-00922D). Public comments will be accepted until July 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM.
Documents for the application are available at DEP office or at the link below:
PERMITS AND PUBLIC MEETINGS NOTICED IN THE PA BULLETIN AND OBSERVER REPORTER.
Below, find updates on coal and gas activity from the recent issues of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Call our office at 724-229-3550 if you see anything of concern.