Notice of Draft Permit

Notice of Draft Permit






The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice of its preparation of a draft permit to City of New Port Richey, Mr. Robert M. Rivera, 6132 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey, Florida 34668 for the City of New Port Richey wastewater treatment facility (WWTF).  This permit authorizes the permittee to operate a 7.5 million gallons per day (mgd) domestic WWTF, land apply 11.7 mgd of reclaimed water through a slow-rate public access system and intermittently discharge up to 7.5 mgd of effluent to the Gulf of Mexico (Class III water, WBID 8044E) via Cross Bayou (WBID 1450). The intermittent discharge of effluent into Cross Bayou is authorized only when the facility influent flow capacity exceeds 8.4 mgd, linked to wet weather conditions. The facility is located at latitude 28o14’54” N, longitude 82o44’07” W on 4730 Main Street, New Port Richey, Florida 34652 in Pasco County. The Department has assigned permit file number FL0127434-012-DW1P/NR to the proposed project.


Any interested person may submit written comments on the Department’s proposed permitting decision or may submit a written request for a public meeting to Micah Minaberry, 13051 N Telecom Pkwy, Suite 101, Temple Terrace, Florida 33637-0926, or via electronic correspondence at, in accordance with Rule 62-620.555, F.A.C. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the information set forth below and must be received in the Department’s Southwest District Office.


The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the following information:

  • The commenter’s name, address, and telephone number; the applicant’s name and address; the Department permit file number; and the county in which the project is proposed;
  • A statement of how and when notice of the Department’s action or proposed action was received;
  • A statement of the facts the Department should consider in making the final decision;
  • A statement of which rules or statutes require reversal or modification of the Department’s action or proposed action; and
  • If desired, a request that a public meeting be scheduled including a statement of the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at the meeting.


If a public meeting is scheduled, the public comment period is extended until the close of the public meeting.  However, the Department may not always grant a request for a public meeting.  Therefore, written comments should be submitted within 30 days of publication of this notice, even if a public meeting is requested.


If a public meeting is held, any person may submit oral or written statements and data at the public meeting on the Department’s proposed action.  As a result of significant public comment, the Department’s final action may be different from the position taken by it in this draft permit.


The permit application file and supporting data are available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Department’s Southwest District Office, 13051 N Telecom Pkwy, Suite 101, Temple Terrace, Florida 33637, at phone number (813) 470-5700.