The DNREC Groundwater Discharges Section will conduct a virtual public hearing (Docket #2020-P-W-0014) on the application and draft construction permit and associated modification and renewal draft permit for Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc.’s On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal System. Public Comment Period Closed.
Event Number: 716 374 068
Dial-in Number: 1.408.418.9388
Closed-captioning available by request if made at least 7 days before the event.
Mountaire Farms of Delaware Inc. has applied for a State of Delaware Construction Permit for significant upgrades of the existing wastewater treatment facility at the Millsboro, Delaware poultry processing complex in order to provide enhanced wastewater effluent treatment capabilities.
The proposed upgrades will allow the wastewater treatment system to treat wastewater to a total nitrogen concentration of 10 mg/L or less.
The proposed wastewater treatment system upgrade project includes the installation of improvements to the activated sludge biological nitrogen removal (BNR) treatment system components. The project also includes the installation of a new tertiary sand filtration system for final effluent polishing and a new stormwater first flush/off-spec lagoon. A new screw press sludge dewatering system will be installed to increase waste activated sludge handling capacity.
The existing spray storage lagoon will continue to be used for final effluent storage prior to disposal in the existing spray irrigation fields. A new spray storage lagoon will be installed to expand the final effluent storage volume.
Mountaire Farms of Delaware Inc. has applied to modify and renew their State of Delaware Spray Irrigation Operations Permit for Mountaire’s wastewater treatment facility to receive and treat poultry processing wastewater, stormwater, and sanitary waste.
After the completion of construction upgrades, the wastewater treatment facility will discharge treated wastewater effluent with a total nitrogen concentration of 10 mg/L or less. The effluent will be spray irrigated onto approximately 893.63 acres.
Seven center pivot spray irrigation systems are located north of State Route #24 and are designated as WHBJ Systems Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. In addition, six center pivot spray irrigation systems are located south of Route #24 and are designated as Center Block Systems Nos. 3, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3DE, and 3DW.
For additional information on the above matters contact John Rebar, Jr., Division of Water, Groundwater Discharges Section, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE, 19901; by phone at 302-739-9948; or, by email, at John.Rebar@delaware.gov.
Please note that live comments will not be accepted during the virtual hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the Hearing Officer via the online comment form at dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/publichearings/comment-form/, via email to DNRECHearingComments@delaware.gov, or via USPS to the below address.
Lisa A. Vest
DNREC Office of the Secretary
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Secretary’s Order No. 2021-W-0003 — Approving an On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal System (“OWTDS”) Construction Permit Application and OWTDS Operations Modification and Renewal Permit Application for Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc.’s Poultry Processing Complex located in Millsboro, Delaware (Effective Date: Jan. 11, 2021)
The proposed DNREC exhibits include materials previously posted on a detailed explanatory web page.
Mountaire Public Hearing Presentation – (05/21/20)
Applicant’s Comments – Draft Permits (06/18/20)
Comment Letter from Chase Brockstedt, Esq. (With Attached Documents)
– Exhibit A: S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc.
— Attachment A-2-1
— Attachment A-2-2
– Exhibit B: Verification of Gary Cuppels
– Exhibit C: Verification of Christina Caliguire
– Exhibit D: Center for the Inland Bays MOuntaire Report
– Exhibit E: H&B Solutions, LLC
– Exhibit F: Wastewater Experts, Inc.
– Exhibit G: Letter to John Rebar
Ronald W. Schmoyer (May 24, 2020)
Kim Letke (June 5, 2020)
Lewis R Podolske (June 5, 2020)
Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (June 19, 2020)