WILKES-BARRE, Pa .– The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be holding a virtual public hearing in early February to hear public comments regarding the construction of a warehouse in Northampton County.
The hearing will take place on Wednesday February 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
DEP will accept comments on a permit application from New Demi Road, LLC for a National Pollutant Release System permit related to the construction of the 420,000 square foot warehouse along Demi Road in Upper Mount Bethel.
The Demi Road warehouse is part of a larger project planned by River Pointe LLC to eventually build an 800-acre logistics center on the site that will be used for offices, trucking and customer service, according to a press release. of DEP. An authorization request for the logistics center project has not yet been submitted to the department.
Testimonials at the virtual audience will be accepted for both the warehouse project and the logistics center.
Representatives from DEP’s Waterways and Wetlands Program, Northampton County Conservation District, New Demi Road, LLC and River Pointe Logistics Center, LLC will be in attendance.
DEP received an NPDES permit application for the 303 Demi Highway project in Upper Mount Bethel Township in February 2021. DEP says the permit will regulate the discharge of stormwater from construction activities to many yards water nearby. The application was deemed administratively complete on June 10, 2021. Eight written public comments were received during the 30-day public comment period from June 26, 2021 to July 26, 2021.
Those wishing to register for the virtual public hearing can contact Community Relations Coordinator Colleen Connolly of the DEP Northeast Regional Office in Wilkes-Barre at 570-826-2035 or email [email protected] . People are invited to indicate whether they wish to testify or to log in as an observer.
Registration for the virtual hearing will close on Tuesday, February 1 at 6 p.m., 24 hours before the scheduled date and time. Testimonials will be limited to the logistics center and warehouse project only.
WebEx information for the virtual public hearing will be available through the Public Participation tab on the DEP website. Please select “Public participation”. DEP asserts that all comments, whether spoken orally at the virtual hearing or submitted in writing to [email protected], have the same weight and consideration as the DEP. Written comments will be accepted until close of business on Wednesday, February 16 at 4 p.m.
DEP will prepare a comment / response document regarding public comments.
More information on permit applications can be found on the DEP public participation page.