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Volume 40 - Issue 27 - July 8, 2021

State of Kansas

Department of Health and Environment

Notice Concerning Kansas/Federal Water
Pollution Control Permits and Applications

In accordance with Kansas Administrative Regulations 28-16-57a through 63, 28-18-1 through 17, 28-18a-1 through 31 and 33, 28-16-150 through 154, 28-46-7, and the authority vested with the state by the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, various draft water pollution control documents (permits, notices to revoke and reissue, notices to terminate) have been prepared and/or permit applications have been received for discharges to waters of the United States and the state of Kansas for the class of discharges described below.

The proposed actions concerning the draft documents are based on staff review, applying the appropriate standards, regulations, and effluent limitations of the state of Kansas and the Environmental Protection Agency. The final action will result in a Federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Authorization and/or a Kansas Water Pollution Control permit being issued, subject to certain conditions, revocation, and reissuance of the designated permit or termination of the designated permit.

Public Notice No. KS-AG-21-221/226

Pending Permits for Confined Feeding Facilities

Name and Address
of Applicant
Legal Description Receiving Water
Spandet Diary, LLC
6306 Road 20
Cimarron, KS 67835
SW/4 of Section 29
S/2 of Section 30
N/2 & SE/4 of Section 31
NW/4 & E/2 of Section 32
T24S, R27W
Gray County
Upper Arkansas River Basin
Kansas Permit No. A-UAGY-D002
Federal Permit No. KS0091120
The proposed action is to modify and reissue the existing State/NPDES permit for a facility for a proposed maximum capacity of 7,500 head (7,500 animal units) of cattle weighing more than 700 pounds, 3,600 head (1,800 animal units) of cattle weighing less than 700 pounds, and 12,000 head (16,800 animal units) of mature dairy cattle; for a total of 26,100 animal units. This represents an increase in the permitted animal units from the previous permit. This permit is also being modified to construct two additional freestall barns, install an anaerobic tank digester system, two manure compost storage areas, convert the north borrow pit area to a retention structure, recompact the east drying bed area for use, construct 70 acres of additional pens on the east side of the facility and a new earthen wastewater retention structure. This facility has an approved Nutrient Management Plan on file with KDHE.
Name and Address
of Applicant
Legal Description Receiving Water
Valley Grove Farm
Russell Wheeler
2904 Wellman Rd.
Lawrence, KS 66044
NE/4 of Section 13
T11S, R19E
Jefferson County
Kansas River Basin
Kansas Permit No. A-KSJF-B005
The proposed action is to reissue an existing state permit for an existing facility for 75 head (75 animal units) of cattle more than 700 pounds and 50 head (25 animal units) of cattle 700 pounds or less, for a total of 100 animal units of cattle. There will be no change in the operation or permitted number of animal units from the previous permit. This facility has an approved Waste Management Plan on file with KDHE.
Name and Address
of Applicant
Legal Description Receiving Water
Armin E. Nelson
1886 11th Ave.
McPherson, KS 67460
NW/4 of Section 36
T18S, R04W
McPherson County
Smoky Hill River Basin
Kansas Permit No. A-SHMP-B005
The proposed action is to reissue an existing state permit for an existing facility for 999 head (999 animal units) of cattle more than 700 pounds. There will be no change in the operation or permitted number of animal units from the previous permit. This facility has an approved Waste Management Plan on file with KDHE.
Name and Address
of Applicant
Legal Description Receiving Water
R.J. Meyer Farms
Richard Meyer
2613 S Rd.
Sabetha, KS 66534
SE/4 of Section 25
T01S, R13E
Nemaha County
Missouri River Basin
Kansas Permit No. A-MONM-S071
The proposed action is to reissue an existing state permit for an existing facility for 2,400 head (960 animal units) of swine and 39 head (39 animal units) of cattle more than 700 pounds, for a total of 999 animal units. This represents an increase in the permitted animal units from the previous permit. This facility has an approved Waste Management Plan on file with KDHE.
Name and Address
of Applicant
Legal Description Receiving Water
Hiss, Inc.
Jim and Rick Hiss
2616 Coronado St.
Great Bend, KS 67530
W/2 of Section 25
T19S, R14W
Barton County
Upper Arkansas River Basin
Kansas Permit No. A-UABT-B006
The proposed action is to modify the existing NPDES permit and reissue a state permit for a maximum capacity of 999 head (499.5 animal units) of beef cattle weighing 700 pounds or less. This represents a decrease in the permitted animal units from the previous permit. The facility has an approved Waste Management Plan on file.
Name and Address
of Applicant
Legal Description Receiving Water
Gold Standard Farms, LLC – Asherville
3782 K Rd.
Beloit, KS 67420
NE/4 of Section 27
T07S, R06W
Stafford County
Solomon River Basin
Kansas Permit No. A-SOMC-H004
Federal Permit No. KS0118117
The proposed action is to approve an update to the Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) received for this existing facility currently permitted for 5,000 head (2,000 animal units) of swine weighing more than 55 pounds. The facility’s NMP was updated to include a change in the application rate limitations for their fields. The application rate limitation for Grauerholz 1 has become less restrictive than the previous NMP. There are no changes to the permit or in the permitted number of animal units. Only the updated portion of the Nutrient Management Plan is subject to comment. This facility has an approved Nutrient Management Plan on file with KDHE.

Public Notice No. KS-Q-21-051/054

The requirements of the draft permit public noticed below are pursuant to the Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards, K.A.R. 28-16-28(b-g), and Federal Surface Water Criteria.

Name and Address
of Applicant
Receiving Stream Type of Discharge
Kansas Turnpike Authority
9401 E. Kellogg
Wichita, KS 67207
Whitewater River via Unnamed Tributary Treated Domestic Wastewater
Kansas Permit No. C-WA09-OO02
Federal Permit No. KS0053651
Legal Description: SW¼, SW¼, SE¼, S22, T26S, R4E, Butler County, Kansas
Facility Name: Towanda Service Area
The proposed action is to reissue an existing State/NPDES permit for an existing facility. This facility is a three-cell wastewater stabilization lagoon system. The proposed permit contains limits for biochemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids, pH, and E. coli, as well as monitoring for ammonia, arsenic, and total phosphorus.
Name and Address
of Applicant
Receiving Stream Type of Discharge
Minneapolis, City of
218 N. Rock St.
Minneapolis, KS 67467
Solomon River via Pipe Creek Process Wastewater
Kansas Permit No. I-SO27-CO02
Federal Permit No. KS0080217
Legal Description: SE¼, S1, T11S, R4W, Ottawa County, Kansas
Facility Name: Minneapolis Municipal Power Plant
The proposed action is to reissue an existing State/NPDES permit for an existing facility. This is a standby electrical generating station used for peaking and emergency power. Well water and chlorinated city water are used for once through, non-contact cooling water for cooling engines and for water cooler chiller systems for building air conditioning. The proposed permit contains monitoring for total residual chlorine, flow, and temperature.
Name and Address
of Applicant
Receiving Stream Type of Discharge
Public Wholesale WSD #25
946 E. 650th Rd.
Lawrence, KS 66047
Kansas River Process Wastewater
Kansas Permit No. I-KS31-PO25
Federal Permit No. KS0100994
Legal Description: SE¼, S34, T12S, R20E, Douglas County, Kansas
Facility Name: Public Wholesale WSD #25 Lime Softening Water Treatment Plant
Facility Address: 1770 N. 1550 Rd. Lawrence, KS 66046
The proposed action is to reissue an existing State/NPDES permit for an existing facility. This water treatment plant treats groundwater using lime softening, stabilization, a solution-feed system, membrane filtration, chlorination, storage and pumping. Treatment sequence features a high rate lime softening system, a re-carbonation basin using carbon dioxide, pre-filters, and microfiltration/ultrafiltration membrane filtration. The proposed permit contains limits for total residual chlorine, total suspended solids, and pH, as well as monitoring for total phosphorus.
Name and Address
of Applicant
Receiving Stream Type of Discharge
Public Wholesale WSD # 26
PO Box 208
Strong City, KS 66869
Cottonwood River Process Wastewater
Kansas Permit No. I-NE63-PO01
Federal Permit No. KS0100391
Legal Description: SW¼, NW¼, NE¼, S16, T19S, R8E, Chase County, Kansas
Facility Address: 420 E. 4th St., Strong City, KS 66869
The proposed action is to reissue and existing State/NPDES permit for an existing facility. This is a public water treatment plant treating well water. The water treatment plant consists of chlorination for iron and manganese oxidation, greensand pressure filters, de-chlorination, RO membrane filters, disinfection and storage. The greensand pressure filters remove iron, arsenic and manganese. From the pressure filters, an anti-scalant and de-chlorination chemical are added to the treated water which is sent through RO membrane filters and then disinfected prior to being sent to storage for distribution. The RO reject water will be piped to the Cottonwood River with no further treatment. The pressure filter backwash is settled in two concrete backwash tanks. The clarified backwash water is comingled with the chlorinated well water for filtration + reuse and the settled sludge is transported to the former water treatment plant’s lime sludge ponds. The clean-in-place RO treatment wastewater is routed/hauled to a KDHE-approved wastewater treatment system. The proposed permit contains limits for total residual chlorine and total suspended solids, as well as monitoring for sulfates.

Persons wishing to comment on or object to the draft documents and/or permit applications must submit their comments in writing to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) if they wish to have the comments or objections considered in the decision-making process. All written comments regarding the draft documents, application or registration notices received on or before August 7, 2021, will be considered in the formulation of the final determination regarding this public notice. Please refer to the appropriate Kansas document number (KS-AG-21-221/226, KS-Q-21-051/054) and name of the applicant/permittee when preparing comments.

All comments received will be responded to at the time the Secretary of Health and Environment issues a determination regarding final agency action on each draft document/application. If response to any draft document/application indicates significant public interest, a public hearing may be held in conformance with K.A.R. 28-16-61 (28-46-21 for UIC). A request for public hearing must be submitted in writing and shall state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised during the hearing.

Comments or objections for agricultural related draft documents, permit applications, registrations or actions should be submitted to the attention of Matthew Steele Ph.D., P.E., Section Chief, Livestock Waste Management Section at the KDHE, Bureau of Environmental Field Services (BEFS), 1000 SW Jackson, Suite 430, Topeka, KS 66612. Comments or objections for all other proposed permits or actions should be sent to Michael Beezhold at the KDHE, Bureau of Water, 1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 420, Topeka, KS 66612.

All draft documents/applications and the supporting information including any comments received are on file and may be inspected at the offices of the KDHE. For agricultural related draft documents or applications an appointment can be scheduled, or copies requested by contacting Rachel Hammond, BEFS, Livestock Waste Management Section at 1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 430, Topeka, KS 66612, telephone 785-296-0076 or email at kdhe.feedlots@ks.gov. For all other proposed permits or actions an appointment can be scheduled, or copies requested by contacting Christopher Zwiener, Bureau of Water, 1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 420, Topeka, KS 66612, telephone 785-296-3056 or email at Christopher.Zwiener@ks.gov. These documents are available upon request at the copying cost assessed by KDHE. Application information and components of plans and specifications for all new and expanding swine facilities are available at http://www.kdheks.gov/feedlots. Division of Environment offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Lee A. Norman, M.D.
Secretary

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