State rejects pipeline developers’ erosion, sediment plan

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The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is facing a procedural setback that project planners say can be quickly resolved.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources has sent a letter of disapproval of the pipeline developoers’ erosion and sedimentation control plan.

In a Sept. 26 letter to Dominion Energy Transmission Inc., William Denton IV, regional engineer for the division, asks the developers of the proposed 600-mile, high-pressure natural gas transmission pipeline to submit a revised plan.

The DEMLR has 15 days from the date of receipt of the revised plan to approve or disapprove the plan. If the developers wish to contest the disapproval of the plan, they must submit an administrative hearing within 60 days of their receipt of the letter of disapproval.

Denton informed the developer that it will be in violation of the Sedimentation Pollution Control Act of 1973 if crews begin any land-disturbing activity associated with the project prior to approval of the revised plan.

Denton outlines 17 reasons for the initial disapproval that include listing of effects on streams and wetlands and buffers and stream and wetland crossings.

The developers have been asked to provide design calculations for peak discharge rate for the 10-year storm and supporting data used in computations.

A copy of the letter and attached reasons for the disapproval can be found online via this shortened link: http://bit.ly/2gpLaSj.

Aaron Ruby, a spokesman for Dominion, said the letter is a normal part of the process.

“We’ve already provided most of the requested information, and we plan on providing the rest later this week,” Ruby said. “That should resolve the issue and allow the agency to complete its review.”