WCSP Conversion Project History; Dave Stone Letter to DEP

1.8.14 Stone Letter to Calhoun

  • March 2011 – PSU meets with DEP to discuss West Campus Steam Plant expansion plans.
  • April 2011 – September 2012 – PSU quietly prepares plans for WCSP conversion and pipeline installation.
  • October 2012 – PSU submits Original WCSP Application (TVOP 14-00003F) to DEP; PSU/Columbia Gas/ Borough of State College organize first community information meeting re: pipeline and WCSP conversion.
  • November 2012 – PSU Board of Trustees approves funding for pipeline and WCSP conversion; State College Borough Council adopts Ordinance 2005 to facilitate construction permitting for pipeline.
  • December 2012 – PSU submits WCSP Application Revision 1; DEP reviewers begin investigating PSU emissions claims.
  • January 2013 – PSU notifies DEP of proposed WCSP project schedule.
  • February 2013 – DEP continues investigating PSU WCSP claims; Columbia Gas notifies PUC of pipeline plan.
  • March 2013 – PSU/Columbia Gas/State College Borough organize second community information meeting; Highlands residents become aware of plan to install high-pressure natural gas transmission line through neighborhood, to supply WCSP; Columbia Gas submits construction permit application to Borough of State College.
  • April 2013 – State College Borough Council meeting; Council unanimously votes to instruct Borough Manager not to approve construction permit; PSU presents CHP/CT-HRSG plans to EPA conference.
  • May 2013 – PSU/Columbia Gas float alternative, on-campus pipeline routes; PSU submits WCSP Application Revision 3 to DEP; DEP reviewers continue to investigate PSU emissions claims.
  • June 2013 – PSU submits WCSP Application Revision 4 to DEP; DEP reviewers continue to investigate PSU emissions claims; first citizen review of DEP documents in Williamsport.
  • July 2013 – PSU Board of Trustees authorizes funding to place transmission pipeline on campus route.
  • August 2013 – EPA Review of PSU TVOP released; further investigation of PSU claims by DEP reviewers; second citizen review of DEP documents in Williamsport.
  • September 2013 – PSU submits WCSP Application Revision 5 to DEP; PSU hosts “Our Energy Future” Forum, presents CHP/CT-HRSG plans to public; PSU offers to allow citizens to review Energy Strategic Master Plan.
  • October 2013 – PSU rescinds offer to allow citizens to review Energy Strategic Master Plan; DEP hosts public hearing on PSU general operating permit 5-year renewal (TVOP 14-00003); alternative energy plans submitted to OPP; DEP reviewers continue to investigate PSU emissions claims.
  • November 2013 – DEP approves PSU general operating permit 5-year renewal (TVOP-14-00003).
  • December 2013 – PSU provides further emissions documentation to DEP.
  • January 2014 – Third citizen review of Williamsport DEP Documents; additional citizen letters submitted to DEP reviewers.
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