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Town of Vernon, WPCF

Notice of Tentative Determination to Approve NPDES Permit Renewal

Applicant: Town of Vernon
Application No. 202006247
City/Town: Vernon


The Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (“DEEP”) hereby gives notice that a tentative determination has been reached to approve the following application.


Applicant’s Name and Address: Town of Vernon, 14 Park Place, P.O. Box 22, Vernon, CT 06066-0022


Contact Name and Phone No.: Robert I. Grasis – (860) 870-3545


Type of Permit and #: NPDES – CT0100609


Type of Facility: Domestic Wastewater Treatment 


Facility Location: 100 Windsorville Road, Vernon, CT 06066


Facility design capacity: 7.1 million gallons per day



The applicant has previously received a permit from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (“Department”) authorizing the discharge of up to an annual average daily design flow of 7.1 million gallons a day of advanced treated municipal wastewaters to the Hockanum River. The applicant has submitted an application to renew its existing permit.  This renewal application is the subject of this notice.



The Department has prepared a draft permit consistent with the tentative determination to approve the Town of Vernon’s renewal application. This draft is available on the public participation section of the Department’s website.  In accordance with Sections 22a‑430‑4(l) and 22a-430-4(r) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies (RCSA), the draft permit contains effluent limitations that meet Connecticut’s Water Quality Standards for the following: ammonia, aquatic toxicity, biochemical oxygen demand (5-day), copper, dissolved oxygen, Escherichia coli, flow, pH, total phosphorus, total suspended solids, Ultraviolet light disinfection (dose), and zinc.



This application has been assigned No. 202006247; please use this number when corresponding with DEEP regarding this application.  Interested persons may obtain copies of the application from the applicant at the above address. Electronic copies of the application and supporting documentation can be provided to interested persons via email. The application and supporting documentation are also available for in-person inspection at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Water Protection and Land Reuse Bureau, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures implemented by DEEP, an advanced appointment for an in-person inspection of the application is recommended. Any such requests for electronic documents or in-person inspection appointments may be directed to Chris Falk of the Municipal Wastewater section at


Before making a final decision on this application, the Commissioner shall consider written comments on the application from interested persons. Written comments on the application should be directed to Chris Falk via electronic mail at  no later than thirty (30) days from the publication date of this notice. Written comments may also be submitted in paper form to the DEEP Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT.  In this submittal, please identify the name of the staff assigned to the application, the permit application number and your phone number and/or email address to facilitate responses to your comments.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures implemented by DEEP staff, there could be delays in the response to your comments.  You may contact the staff person identified in this notice with any questions you may have.



The Commissioner may conduct a public hearing if the Commissioner determines that the public interest will best be served thereby, or shall hold a hearing upon receipt of a petition signed by at least twenty-five persons.  Petitions for a hearing shall be submitted within thirty (30) days from the date of publication of this public notice and should include the application number noted above and also identify a contact person to receive notifications.  Petitions should also identify a person who is authorized to engage in discussions regarding the application and, if resolution is reached, withdraw the petition.  In order to facilitate the filing of requests for hearing during the COVID-19 pandemic and consistent with the Department’s Temporary Directive, the Office of Adjudications will accept electronically-filed petitions in addition to petitions submitted by mail.  Petitions with required signatures may be filed by email to  or mailed to the DEEP Office of Adjudications, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106.  Within thirty (30) days of their filing, original petitions that were filed electronically must be also be mailed to the Office at the above-noted address.  If the original petition exists only in electronic format or signatures were produced using a computer or typewriter, the petition must be submitted with a statement bearing the wet-ink signature of the petitioner that the petition is only available in that format and has been submitted to satisfy the requirement that an original petition be filed.  If a hearing is held, timely notice of such hearing will be published in a newspaper of general circulation and posted on the DEEP website at  Additional information at


/s/Graham J Stevens, Chief
Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse


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Published in the Journal Inquirer on November 11, 2021.

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