Pleasant Hills Authority seeks reduction in fines
Pleasant Hills officials want to reduce about $60,000 in DEP-imposed penalties for the towns in the Pleasant Hills Authority.
The authority will recommend that the Department of Environmental Protection reduce or expunge penalties for Pleasant Hills, Baldwin Borough, South Park Township and Whitehall, officials said at a Nov. 19 meeting.
The DEP imposed the fines because the authority did not reduce sewage overflow and correct other issues connected to its sanitary sewage system.
“We're doing the right thing,” Pleasant Hills Council President William Trimbath said. “All that takes time. The penalties are there as an incentive to comply.”
Pleasant Hills owes $30,000 of the $60,000 total, Trimbath said.
The municipalities are working to comply with the DEP's consent decree to reduce overflow problems, he said.
The DEP is requiring communities across Pennsylvania to upgrade systems managing sanitary sewage systems — many built more than 100 years ago. Overflows in the system can contaminate rivers and streams.
The municipalities in the Pleasant Hills Authority are complying with the agreement and meeting deadlines, but monitoring the flow, and creating a plan takes time, officials said.
The municipalities also are working together to approve a service agreement with the authority, Trimbath said.
If the municipalities can reach an agreement within the next few weeks, then Pleasant Hills Borough Council will vote on it at the Dec. 17 meeting. If not, council members must vote for an extension.
The terms of service for the agreement is for 40 years for a meter-based system that will help the DEP and authority keep track of flow in each municipality.
Laura Van Wert is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5814 or at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.