STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
NOTICE OF DRAFT PERMIT
The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice of its preparation of a draft NPDES renewal permit (DEP File Number FL00022830051WIS) to Gulf Power Company, 1460 Gulf Power Road, Sneads, Florida 32460, to operate wastewater treatment and effluent disposal facilities at the Scholz Electric Generating Plant located in Jackson County, Florida. The discharge consists of noncontact once through condenser cooling water (OTCW) to the onsite discharge canal, and thence to the Apalachicola River, a Class III fresh water. All other industrial and domestic wastewater streams discharge into the onsite ash pond. Intermittent overflow from the ash pond discharges to the discharge canal. The coal ash pond is scheduled to be closed during this permit cycle.
Any interested person may submit written comments on the Department's draft permit or may submit a written request for a public meeting to the Department of Environmental Protection, Bob Martinez Center, Industrial Wastewater Program, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Mail Station 3545, Tallahassee, Florida 323992400, Attention: Mr. Marc Harris, P.E., in accordance with Rule 62620.555, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the information set forth below and must be received in the Department's Industrial Wastewater Program within 30 days of publication of this notice. Failure to submit comments or request a public meeting within this time period shall constitute a waiver of any right such person may have to submit comments or request a public meeting under Rule 62620.555, F.A.C.
The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the following information:
(a) The commen ter's name, address, and telephone number; the applicant's name and address; the Department permit file number; and the county in which the project is proposed;
(b) A statement of how and when notice of the Department's action or proposed action was received;
(c) A statement of the facts the Department should consider in making the final decision;
(d) A statement of which rules or statutes require reversal or modification of the Department's action or proposed action; and
(e) If desired, a request that a public meeting be scheduled including a statement of the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at the meeting.
If a public meeting is scheduled, the public comment period is extended until the close of the public meeting. However, the Department may not always grant a request for a public meeting. Therefore, written comments should be submitted within 30 days of publication of this notice, even if a public meeting is requested.
If a public meeting is held, any person may submit oral or written statements and data at the public meeting on the Department's proposed action. As a result of significant public comment, the Depart ment's final action may be different from the position taken by it in this draft permit.
The permit application file and supporting data are available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bob Martinez Center, Industrial Wastewater Program, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 323992400, telephone (850) 2458589 and at the Depart ment's Northwest District Office located at 160 W. Government Street, Suite 308, Pensacola, Florida 32502, Phone Number: (850) 5958300.
Pub:September 1, 2015