After getting turned down by the supervisors in Athens Township, PA, Somerset Regional Water Resources is now planning to build a Marcellus wastewater treatment plant in nearby Tuscarora Township. Both Athens and Tuscarora are located in Bradford County in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
A search of DEP permit applications confirms that Somerset has applied for a permit to use the former Cornell Manufacturing building (more recently Pendu Manufacturing) just off Route 6 in Tuscarora Township at the intersection of Township Roads 524 and 494. The new name for the facility, as stated in the permit application, is the Tuscarora Township Wastewater Treatment Facility. It is actually in the first phase of the permitting process, having completed the preliminary administrative review and now into what is known as the technical review.*
Supervisors in Tuscarora have not yet been approached by Somerset to officially request permission to proceed, a step that will have to come soon in the process. If the supervisors approve the facility, it will also require approval from the PA State Department of Environmental Protection, which is estimated to take between 12-18 months.
If all goes according to plan, the facility will employ about 40 people. It is projected there will be about 180 truck trips in and out of the facility per day once it’s operational.
*Wyalusing Rocket-Courier (Apr 1) – Gas Well Water Treatment Plant Proposed at Former Cornell Plant in Tuscarora Township