PA ID# 000-00000; Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
DSR ID# 67432,67436; Sterry Creek (bank erosion) & Auburn Dam (silt deposition)
PURPOSE: To obtain signature on the letter to the Pennsylvania Governor's Authorized Representative denying a request by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for $156,310 for additional debris removal expenses at Auburn Dam and for $129,447 for repairs to Sterry Creek.
DISCUSSION: During the floods of DR-1093, the banks of Sterry Creek eroded and silt debris was deposited in Auburn Dam. FEMA approved DSR 67436 for $0 (prepared for $129,447 for creek repairs), because the repairs were not the legal responsibility of the applicant. FEMA also approved DSR 67432 for $0 (prepared for $197,983 for 19 buoys and 97,500 cu yd of debris removal), because the actual volume of disaster-related debris was unknown. The first and second appeals of DSR 67436 were denied because the creek repairs were not the legal responsibility of the applicant and because the creek was under the authority of another Federal agency. In the first appeal of DSR 67432, FEMA determined that 36,828 cu yd of debris were disaster-related. In the second appeal, FEMA determined that only 27,572 total cu yd of debris were a direct result of the disaster and approved $55,144 at $2 per cu yd. The additional documentation of the third appeal of DSR 67432 does not demonstrate that removal of additional debris (beyond the 27,572 cu yd) is necessary as a direct result of the disaster. The third appeal of DSR 67436 does not demonstrate that the creek repairs are the legal responsibility of the applicant.
RECOMMENDATION: Sign the letter denying the subgrantee's third appeal.