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This notice announces an application submitted for a Department of the Army (DA) Permit, subject to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act:
APPLICANT: Louisville Riverport Authority
3900 Riverport Drive, Suite A
Louisville, Kentucky 40258
AGENT: RES Kentucky, LLC
2307 Green Way, Suite B
Louisville, Kentucky 40220
LOCATION: Forested wetlands located on a 7.7-acre site at 5500 Cane Run Road, in southwestern Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
7.5 Minute Quad: IN-Lanesville
PURPOSE: To construct a silicone polymer recycling and manufacturing facility that recycles a wide specification of silicone rubbers into silicone oil.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK: The applicant is proposing the construction of a silicone polymer recycling and manufacturing facility by Silken Material, Inc. and affiliates on the 7.7-acre site. The proposed development would include the construction of an approximately 45,000 square foot building with parking, loading docks, stormwater detention and a proposed expansion area. The initial phase would impact 1.27 acres of jurisdictional forested wetlands. The future expansion is anticipated for 2028 to 2029 and would include impacts to non-jurisdictional isolated forested wetlands.
It should be noted that the proposed project site was originally authorized under DA Permit No. 2005-01505 in 2007, with three extensions to the construction window and the last extension proposed in 2016 being withdrawn. The approved work included filling 3.46 acres of palustrine emergent and forested wetlands to facilitate construction of an industrial development that would include warehouse type buildings and associated infrastructure. To date, 2.19 acres of wetlands have been filled for the construction of the Michelin facility situated in the central portion of the property. Two parcels remain (the northern parcel and the southern parcel), with 1.27 acres of wetlands not impacted in the northern tract of the project site. The 1.27 acres of remaining wetlands were permitted in 2020 for the development of the Cane Run Barrel Warehouses. This current application requests impacts to 1.27 acres of forested wetland but would have a different purpose and need than what was previously permitted within the same property boundary.
AVOIDANCE, MINIMIZATION, AND MITIGATION MEASURES: Under the previous permit for this site, mitigation had been proposed and approved for impacts to all of the wetlands within the 37-acre parcel, which includes the 7.7-acre tract (northern parcel) for this proposal. The applicant purchased 8.5 wetland mitigation bank credits from an approved mitigation bank in August 2006 for the previous permit. Proof of that purchase has been received.
It is noted that this proposed mitigation plan is open to comment and subject to change. The Corps will make a determination of appropriate mitigation, upon review of all submitted information.
REVIEW PROCEDURES: A DA Permit cannot be issued if any legally required Federal, State, or local authorization or certification is denied. A DA permit, if otherwise warranted, will not be issued until a State of Kentucky Water Quality Certification or waiver is on file at this office. In order to comply with Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, the applicant must apply for State certification from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Division of Water (KDOW).
Copies of this notice are sent to the appropriate Federal and State Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Their views and comments are solicited in accordance with the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1956. The Endangered Species Act (ESA, 87 Stat. 884, as amended; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) requires federal agencies to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) pursuant to Section 7(a) 2 of the ESA on all actions that may affect a species listed (or proposed for listing) under the ESA as threatened or endangered, or any designated critical habitat. A copy of this notice is being furnished to the USFWS for their review. Per this notification, we request comments from the USFWS concerning potential impact to threatened and/or endangered species that may occur within the project area. After receipt of comments, the USACE will evaluate the potential impacts to proposed and/or listed species and their designated critical habitat and initiate consultation with USFWS, if required.
Any person may request, in writing, within the comment period specified in this notice, that a public hearing be held to consider this application. A request for a public hearing must state the specific interest which might be damaged by issuance of the DA Permit.
The National Register of Historic Places has been examined, and it has been determined that there are no properties currently listed on the Register which would be directly affected by the proposed work. If we are made aware, as a result of comments received in response to this notice, or by other means, of specific archaeological, scientific, pre-Columbian, or historical sites or structures which might be affected by the proposed work, the District Engineer will immediately take the appropriate action necessary pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 – Public Law 89-665 as amended (including Public Law 96-515).
The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact of the proposed activity on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefits which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered; among those are conservation, economics, aesthetic values, general environmental concerns, historic values, fish and wildlife values, flood damage prevention, land use, navigation, recreation, water supply, water quality, energy needs, safety, food production, and in general, the needs and welfare of the public. In addition, the evaluation of the impact of the activity on the public interest will include application of the guidelines (40 CFR Part 230) promulgated by the Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency, under authority of Section 404(b) of the CWA.
The Corps of Engineers is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, State, and local agencies and officials; Indian tribes; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity. It is presumed that all interested parties and agencies will wish to respond; therefore, a lack of response will be interpreted as meaning that there is no objection to the proposed project. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps of Engineers to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for this proposal. To make this decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed above. Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity.
Written statements received in this office on or before the closing date will become a part of the official record and will be considered in the determination on this permit request. Any objections which are received during this period will be forwarded to the applicant for possible resolution before the determination is made whether to issue or deny the requested DA Permit. A permit will be granted unless its issuance is found to be contrary to the public interest.
Information pertaining to this application is available for public examination during normal business hours upon prior request. Drawings are available on Louisville District's Internet site at http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Public-Notices/. All comments regarding this proposal should be addressed to Ms. Meagan Knuckles, CELRL-RDS at the address noted above and should refer to the Public Notice Number LRL-2020-00342-mlk.
If you desire to submit your comments by email, you must comply with the following:
a) In the subject line of your email, type in ONLY the Public Notice ID No. LRL-2020-00342-mlk.
b) Provide your physical mailing address and telephone number.
c) Send your email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
d) If you are sending attachments greater than 10 Mb in size with your email, you must send a hard copy (CD or paper) to the Corps’ physical address as well.