Monday, January 21, 2013

City of Detroit Wastewater, CSO Discharge Permit Considered for Renewal

On January 18, 2013, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) published DWSD’s request to renew and reissue its wastewater and CSO discharge permit, NPDES Permit No. MI0022802. Comments or objections are due by February 19, 2013.

In accordance with Rule 323.1103 of the Michigan Water Quality Standards, the MDEQ proposes to grant a variance from the water quality standard that is the basis for the water quality-based effluent limit for Mercury in the draft permit.

The Discharge-Specific Level Currently Achievable for Total Mercury was developed in accordance with the Department's approved Multiple Discharger Variance (MDV). A copy of the MDV may be obtained via the Internet at ( - click on ‘Applicable Rules and Regulations’) or at the District Office.

Copies of the permit application, Public Notice, Fact Sheet, and draft permit may be obtained via the Internet ( - click on ‘Permits on Public Notice’) or at the Water Resources Division Southeast Michigan District Office located at 27700 Donald Court, Warren, Michigan 48092-2793, telephone: 586-753-3750. 

(Note: If you write me (here), I would be glad to e-mail you a copy of DWSD's permit application and all related documents in a single zip file.  Even compressed, its almost 11MB. Just put “NPDES Permit” in the subject line when you write.)

Comments or objections to the draft permit received by February 19, 2013, will be considered in the final decision to issue the permit. Persons desiring information regarding the draft permit, procedures for commenting, or requesting a hearing should contact Matthew Staron, Permits Section, Water Resources Division, Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 30458, Lansing, Michigan 48909, telephone: 517-335-4491, e-mail:

A Public Meeting on the draft Permit has been scheduled on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Western High School located at 1500 Scotten Street, Detroit, Michigan. Persons needing assistance with hearing, mobility, or visual accommodations should contact Susan Ashcraft at 517-241-1346 or e-mail at to request these accommodations.

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