Town of Trappe, P.O.
Box 162, Trappe, Maryland 21673 and Trappe East Holding Business Trust, 1960
Gallows Road, Suite 300, Vienna, VA 22182 submitted an application for a permit
to discharge an average of 540,000 gallons per day of treated domestic wastewater
from the Trappe East Wastewater Treatment Facility, located at East End of
Backdown Road, Trappe, Maryland, to groundwater via a spray irrigation
The Department has
reached a tentative determination to issue the permit with the following
limitations and conditions: (1) BOD5: 10 mg/l (monthly average); (2) suspended
solids: 10 mg/l (monthly average);(3) total nitrogen: 3 mg/l (monthly average);
(4) total phosphorus: 0.3 mg/l (monthly average); (5) fecal Coliform < 3
MPN/100 ml (monthly geometric mean) and (5) Ultimate permitted flow: 540,000
gal/day (yearly average). Approval of the permitted flow to 540,000 gpd is
divided into five separate phases. Currently the permittee is at phase I.A and
is authorized to discharge 37,500 gpd of flow.
conditions are also a part of this permit: 1) The Permittee shall monitor
groundwater quality via 12 monitoring wells; 2) The Permittee shall monitor
surface water quality via 3 sampling stations installed at tributaries of Mile
Creek; 3) The wastewater treatment plant and spray irrigation system shall be
monitored by a certified operator and 4) A storage pond with a volume of no
less than 75 days of the permitted daily average wastewater flow shall be
provided. 5) The permittee shall operate the spray irrigation system in
conformance with the approved nutrient management plan.
The first notice on MDE's tentative determination was published on June 25, 2021 and July 2, 2021 in the newspaper "The Star Democrat."
UPDATE: THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE IN HEARING DATE AND FORMAT. THE COMMENT PERIOD HAS ALSO BEEN EXTENDED.
The Department has received a request for a public hearing on the tentative determination for the above permit and scheduled the hearing for Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 5:00 PM. The hearing will now be in person and located at the following address:
Talbot County Community Center - Curling Rink10028 Ocean GatewayEaston, MD 21601
The hearing will be transcribed. Attendees may provide oral comments during the public hearing or send comments in writing after the public hearing, via email to email@example.com or via U.S. postal mail to the below listed address. The public hearing documents including permit application, draft permit, fact sheet, and nutrient management plan are available in the links below for download.
Written comments concerning the
tentative determination will be considered in the preparation of a final
determination if submitted firstname.lastname@example.org or to the following address on or before November 5, 2021:
Attn.: Mary Dela Onyemaechi, Chief, Groundwater Discharge Permits DivisionMaryland Department of the EnvironmentWater and Science Administration1800 Washington Blvd.Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1708
hearing-impaired person may request an interpreter at
the hearing by contacting Mrs. Onyemaechi at (410) 537-3662 or 1-800-633-6101, or by written request to the above address
at least ten working days prior to the scheduled hearing date.
The draft permit and supplemental documents can be found in the links below:
1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230