Public Comment Form

Commenting open: May 26, 2021 12:00AM AKT - June 28, 2021 11:59PM AKT.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of an Alaska Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (APDES) Individual Permit to Discharge to Waters of the United States, UAS Anderson Building Facility Draft Permit

A Fact Sheet and associated documents are available for review. For inquiries or to request copies of documents, contact:

DEC Contact:
Jeanne Swartz 
555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

Draft Permit Public Notice Period: 
Public Notice Start Date: 5/26/2021
Public Notice Expiration Date: 6/28/2021 

Permit Number:  AK0055875

University of Alaska – Southeast Anderson Building Facility
11275 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801
11066 Auke Lake Way

Proposed Project and Location:
Facility Activity: The Anderson Building Facility houses laboratory tanks for studying sea organisms used for academic research at the University near Juneau, Alaska. Seawater is pumped into the Anderson Building Facility from Auke Bay, flows through the tanks holding local aquatic life and is discharged without treatment. 

Discharge Location: The Anderson Building Facility is proposed to discharge untreated effluent to Auke Bay at one outfall located at 58.38000o North latitude and 134.64420? West longitude.

Description of Discharge: 0.1008 million gallons per day of non-domestic wastewater is proposed to be discharged. No pollutants are expected to be present in the discharge.

Mixing Zone: No mixing zone is proposed. 

The University of Alaska - Southeast operates The Anderson Building Facility. The untreated wastewater from the facility is discharged to Auke Bay.

Tentative Determination:
DEC has tentatively determined to issue a discharge permit to the above listed applicant.

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Public Comments:
Written comments or requests for a public hearing on the APDES draft permit must be submitted within 30 days of the issuance of this public notice. Any person desiring to comment on the permit may submit comments online at (preferred). Please direct written comments and requests to the attention of the DEC contact/permit writer at the email address or postal address identified above.

All comments should include the name, address, telephone number, and email address of the commenter and a concise statement of comment on the permit condition(s) and the relevant facts upon which the comment is based. Comments of either support or concern that are directed at specific, cited permit requirements are appreciated. Mailed comments and requests must be postmarked on or before the expiration date of the public notice.

DEC will consider all comments when making the final decision and will respond to received comments in a Response to Comments document issued when DEC issues a final permit. The Response to Comments will be made available to the public.

Any interested person may submit a written request for a public hearing if no hearing has already been scheduled. A request for a public hearing shall state the nature of the issues to be raised, as well as the requester's name, address and telephone number. DEC will hold a public hearing whenever DEC finds, on the basis of requests, a significant degree of public interest in a draft permit. DEC may also hold a public hearing if a hearing might clarify one or more issues involved in a permit decision or for other good reason in DEC’s discretion.

DEC will transmit the final permit, fact sheet (amended as appropriate), and Response to Comments to anyone who provided comments during the public review period or requested to be notified of DEC final decision.

6/28/2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Administrative Record:
The APDES draft permit, fact sheet, permit application, and associated documents are available for public review at the DEC offices located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Soldotna, and Wasilla. Please contact the office of your choice to arrange for hard copies of the documents to be available for your review.

555 Cordova Street 610 University Avenue PO Box 1800
Anchorage, AK 99501 Fairbanks, AK 99709 Juneau, AK 99811-1800
907-269-6285 907-451-2100 Location: 410 Willoughby Street, Suite 303
Juneau, AK

43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road 1700 E Bogard Road #B
Soldotna, AK 99615 Suite #103
907-262-5210  Wasilla, AK 99654

If you would like further information or to see any additional supporting technical documents, contact Jeanne Swartz. The documents are also accessible from the DEC website at:

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