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New Richmond DNR/Wastewater Treatment Facility


public notice of intent to reissue a wisconsin

pollutant discharge elimination system (WPDES)

Permit No. WI-0021245-08-0

Permittee: City of New Richmond, City Hall, New Richmond, WI 54017

Facility Where Discharge Occurs: New Richmond Wastewater Treatment Facility, 1753 115th St., New Richmond, WI

Receiving Water and Location: the Willow River in the Lower Willow River Watershed of the St. Croix River Basin in St. Croix County

Brief Facility Description and Summary of Proposed Changes: The City of New Richmond owns and operates the New Richmond Wastewater Treatment Facility. The facility has an annual average design flow of 0.98 million gallons per day (MGD) and had an actual annual average for of 0.638 MGD in 2007. Treatment consists of a grit 7channel and automatic screening, primary clarification, secondary clarification, biological and chemical phosphorus removal and a single stage nitrification activated sludge process. Alum is added for phosphorus removal. The effluent is disinfected seasonally using via chlorination prior to discharge to the Willow River. Sludge is shipped to the West Central Wisconsin Biosolids Facility. Centrate from the WCWBF is then returned to new Richmond for treatment. It is stored in a holding tank and reintroduced through the treatment plant. While there have been no major operational changes since the last permit reissuance, the facility has indicated they may be upgrading during this permit term. The only significant effluent monitoring changes proposed in the upcoming term are changes in the ammonia limits based on recent changes to chs. NR 105 and 106, and removal of the chronic WET testing requirement.

Permit Drafter: Holly Heldstab, DNR, WCR Headquarters, 1300 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54702, (715) 839-1634,

Basin Engineer: Peter Skorseth, DNR, 890 Spruce Street, Baldwin, WI 54002, (715) 684-2914,

The Department has tentatively decided that the above specified WPDES permit should be reissued.

Persons wishing to comment on or object to the proposed permit action, or to request a public hearing, may write to the Department of Natural Resources at the permit drafter's address. All comments or suggestions received no later than 30 days after the publication date of this public notice will be considered along with other information on file in making a final decision regarding the permit. Anyone providing comments in response to this public notice will receive a notification of the Department's final decision when the permit is issued. Where designated as a reviewable surface water discharge permit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is allowed up to 90 days to submit comments or objections regarding this permit determination. If no comments are received on the proposed permit from anyone, including U.S. EPA, the permit will be issued as proposed.

The Department may schedule a public informational hearing if requested by any person and shall schedule a public informational hearing if a petition requesting a hearing is received from 5 or more persons or if response to this notice indicates significant public interest pursuant to s. 283.49, Stats. Requests for a public informational hearing shall state the following: the name and address of the person(s) requesting the hearing; the interest in the proposed permit of the person(s) requesting the hearing; the reasons for the request; and the issues proposed to be considered at the hearing.

Information on file for this permit action, including the draft permit and permit information form (PIF), may be inspected and copied at the permit drafter's or the basin engineer's office, Monday through Friday (except holidays), between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please call the permit drafter or basin engineer for directions to their office location, if necessary. Information on this permit action may also be obtained by calling the permit drafter at (715) 839-1634 or by writing to the Department. Reasonable costs (usually 20 cents per page) will be charged for copies of information in the file other than the public notice and PIF. Permit information is also available on the internet at: Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation, including the provision of informational material in an alternative format, will be made to qualified individuals upon request.