Any major construction project like the CPV Fairview Energy Center (CPV Fairview) goes through numerous 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 took approximately 24 months to complete.
We are pleased to report that we are now operating under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Plan Approval. CPV Fairview’s construction, testing and operation is regulated, in part, by the PADEP Plan Approval in accordance with PA Code Chapter 127 Subchapter B. The PADEP Plan Approval will remain in place until a federal Title V permit is issued by PADEP, which we expect to happen in the next year or so.
To give a sense of CPV Fairview’s permitting approval process and our due diligence, we have provided insight into the different stages of approval below.
Since our facility is located on a “brownfield” site, formerly known by the community as “Salvage Heaven,” our team pursued site remediation under PA law and pursuant to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Land Recycling Program, commonly known as Act 2. The site remediation involved us investigating the site, developing a plan for PADEP to approve and sign off on, and then execution of that plan. The remediation took approximately 3 months to complete and cost CPV Fairview millions of dollars. In the end, we hauled and removed 178,355 tons of buried debris, 10 underground storage tanks, and .63 miles of underground piping, at no cost to the community or local residents.
At the local level, CPV worked extensively with Jackson Township on issues related to the design and actual physical construction of the project in tandem with township land use and zoning regulations. As part of this process, CPV hosted an informational open house and other forums where the community could learn more about the project and ask questions. Local approvals included a Conditional Use Permit for the facility, Land Development Plans for the facility and gas meter station, and various zoning permits.
On the state level, several reviews were required as part of the permitting process. The PADEP has jurisdiction over areas such as wetlands protection, archeological resources, water quality, air quality permits, and land development. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has jurisdiction over construction height limits, transportation permits, use of state road rights-of-way, and new access points into the project site.
At the federal level, approvals were needed and secured from the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.