Indiana Department of Environmental Management welcomes public comment through mid-December regarding several permit renewal applications, the impact of interstate improvements, and a request from a new business in Cambridge City.

In Wayne County, petitioners include Indiana Department of Transportation, Pilgrimage Winery in Cambridge City, Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA)’s Whitewater Valley Generating Station and Richmond Station, Centerville’s wastewater treatment plant and New Paris Pike Landfill.

Revive I-70

INDOT is applying for a Section 401 Water Quality Certification and State Isolated Wetland Individual Permit from IDEM’s Office of Water Quality Wetlands Section.

Comments and information are sought by Dec. 30 regarding any impacts to water quality related to the proposed I-70 improvements from about 1.5 miles west of the Indiana 1 interchange in Cambridge City to the state line.

INDOT says impacts from the proposed work include 6,895 linear feet of stream impacts and 3.827 acres of wetland impacts. Mitigation will be satisfied through the purchase of 4,195 linear feet of stream credits and 10.674 acres of wetland credits from the Whitewater-East Fork White Service Area of the Indiana Stream and Wetland Mitigation Program.

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Cambridge City

Pilgrimage seeks a drinking water construction permit at 2527 Treaty Line Road in Cambridge City.

The company shared on social media a photo of its building under construction in late November, noting that it plans to open in summer 2024 and it is growing vines and making estate-terroir driven Midwestern wines. Comments are due Dec. 17.

Centerville and Richmond

  • IMPA requests a Title IV (acid rain) permit renewal through the Office of Air Quality regarding its stationary gas turbine electric generating station at 4752 Gates Road in Centerville. Comments are due Dec. 15.
  • IMPA also seeks a renewal of its Part 70 Operating Permit through the Office of Air Quality for its generating station at 2000 U.S. 27 S., Richmond. The draft permit doesn’t contain any new equipment that would emit air pollutants, and no conditions from previously issued permits/approvals have been changed. Comments are due Dec. 17.
    Both of IMPA’s permit applications and IDEM’s preliminary findings are available for review at Morrisson-Reeves Library in Richmond.  
  • And, a renewal of the Part 70 Operating Permit (draft air permit) is being sought for New Paris Pike Landfill, 5242 New Paris Pike, Richmond. The draft permit doesn’t contain any new equipment that would emit air pollutants, but some conditions from previously issued permits/approvals have been corrected, changed or removed. Comments are due Dec. 14.
  • The Office of Water Quality proposes a draft permit for Centerville’s town wastewater treatment plant at 816 N. McMinn Road. It discharges 1 million gallons daily of treated sanitary wastewater into the Noland’s Fork Creek Outfall. Final sludge is land applied. Comments are due Dec. 18.

More information on each project is available at or 800-451-6027.

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A version of this article appeared in the December 6 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.