Any major construction project like the Fairview Energy Center goes through a number of development and review steps at the local, state and federal levels to ensure that the public has ample opportunity for comments and questions. The permitting process is extensive and normally requires approximately eighteen months to complete.
Since the Fairview Energy Center will be located on a site that is characterized as “brownfield” in nature, conversations have begun with both the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and Jackson Township regarding the project scope and the path we would pursue in redeveloping and remediating any possible contamination found at the property.
At the local level, CPV will be working with the township on issues regarding the design and actual physical construction of the project in tandem with township land use and zoning regulations. We know that building a partnership with the host community is an important part of long-term project success. As part of this process, CPV hosts informational open houses and other forums where the community can learn more about the project.
On the state level, several reviews are required as part of the permitting process. The PADEP has jurisdiction over areas such as wetlands protection, water quality, air quality permits, and land development. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has jurisdiction over transportation permits, use of state road rights-of-way, and new access points into the project site.
At the federal level, approvals will be needed from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Throughout the process, we will continue to communicate our progress and keep everyone informed about the project, especially when there are opportunities for the community and stakeholders to be involved in the process. Be sure to check the CPVFairview.com website frequently for updates.