National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Renewal: Town of Selbyville

Division of Water

Published: Feb. 19, 2023
Comments Due: March 18, 2023

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Water, hereby gives notice that the Town of Selbyville has applied for reissuance of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit No. DE 0020010 (State Permit WPCC 3076G/74) to discharge treated wastewater to the Atlantic Ocean. The facility is located at 37619 Wastewater Lane, Selbyville, Sussex County, Delaware. The facility is a sanitary treatment plant with one industrial waste contributor, a poultry processing plant (Mountaire Farms Inc.). This facility has a single discharge (Outfall 001) of treated sanitary wastewater to the Atlantic Ocean via a connection to the South Coastal discharge pipe approximately 17 miles from the facility. Primary treatment includes fine screens, grit chamber, and splitter box. Biological treatment includes oxidation ditches, clarifiers, and aerobic digesters. The effluent from clarifiers is filtered and disinfected with chlorine prior to discharge through the ocean outfall. Biosolids are aerobically digested and periodically collected by a licensed contractor for land application. The Town of Selbyville has no combined sewer overflows.

Based on a preliminary staff review and application of lawful standards and regulations, the Department proposes to re-issue this permit, subject to certain effluent limitations and conditions. The proposed determinations are tentative. Persons wishing to comment upon or object to the proposed determinations are invited to submit same in writing to the Commercial and Government Services Section of the Division of Water, at the address listed below, no later than 30 days from this notice. All comments received prior to said date will be considered in the formulation of final determinations regarding this application.

A public hearing on the above will NOT be held unless the Secretary of DNREC receives a request by 4:30 pm on March 18, 2023, or if the Secretary determines that a public hearing is in the public interest. A request for a hearing shall be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues to be raised at the hearing. It must also show familiarity with the proposal and a reasoned statement of the permit’s probable impact.

The applications, fact sheets, and permits are available for inspection or copies may be obtained by contacting:

Wenjia Fan, Ph.D.
Commercial and Government Services Section
89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901
(302) 739-9946