General NPDES Permit for Individual Sewage Treatment Systems

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                                                                 February 13, 2007

              General NPDES Permit for
         Individual Sewage Treatment Systems
                          Notice of Public Hearings
            The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Bureau of Water
                              has scheduled three public hearings

                          Monday, January 8, 2007
             Rolland W. Lewis Community Center (Veterans Park)
                               800 South 27th
                           Mount Vernon, Illinois

                          Wednesday, January 10, 2007
                     Joliet Public Library Black Road Branch
                                 3395 Black Road
                                   Joliet, Illinois

                           Thursday, January 11, 2007
                Illinois Department of Transportation Auditorium
                           2300 South Dirksen Parkway
                                Springfield, Illinois

 Each of the three hearings will commence at 3:30 p.m. The hearings will adjourn at
             6 p.m. unless there are persons present who wish to testify.

The purpose of these hearings is to receive oral and written comments on a draft new
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for surface
discharging private sewage disposal systems to discharge into waters of the state. The
hearings will be held under the provisions of 35 Illinois Administrative Code 166, Procedures
for Permit and Closure Plan Hearings, which can be obtained online at . Requests for special
needs interpreters must be made to the IEPA hearing officer by December 11, 2006.

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The hearing record is now open to receive written comments on the draft new NPDES
general permit. Written comments must be postmarked by midnight, February 13, 2007,
when the hearing record closes unless otherwise ordered by the hearing officer.

Comments need not be notarized and should be mailed to:

      Hearing Officer Thomas Andryk #21
      Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
      1021 North Grand Avenue East
      P. O. Box 19276
      Springfield, IL 62794-9276
               Phone 217-782-5544

Additional information about this hearing can be obtained from the hearing officer.

A statewide general permit has been drafted and public noticed by the IEPA for individual
private sewage treatment systems. These systems are used mostly in homes and businesses
in rural settings and in unsewered communities. Unlike conventional septic tank systems that
discharge below the surface of the ground, these systems discharge wastewater onto the
ground surface or directly to surface waters. The types of systems covered by this permit are
designs approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the National Sanitation
Foundation. The proposed general permit may not be issued to systems serving untreated
domestic sewage waste loads of 1500 gallons per day or more, or to systems serving 15 or
more population equivalents that discharge directly or indirectly to any General Use or
Secondary Contact and Indigenous Aquatic Life Use water of the state. Effluents from
treatment systems covered by this general permit are intermittent in nature. Treatment
systems not meeting the requirements of the general permit must seek an individual permit.

The IEPA has made a tentative determination to issue this five-year NPDES general permit
for discharge into waters of the state in accordance with 35 Illinois Administrative Code
Subtitle C (Water Pollution) and the federal Clean Water Act.

The public notice/fact sheet (including the antidegradation assessment) and the draft NPDES
permit can be viewed on the IEPA website:
       Scroll down midway and click on See Also: Public Notices
              Under NPDES Permit and Hearing Notices, click on NPDES Public Notices
                     Scroll down dates of original notice comment period: July 10, 2006
                    General NPDES Permit for Surface Discharging Private Sewage Disposal Systems

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