TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Lawmakers want PEMA to explain lack of notification about drilling waste in river

Daily Photo Galleries

Monday, March 11, 2013, 6:54 p.m.
 

Two state senators want the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to explain why authorities didn't notify local officials in Beaver and Lawrence counties about the illegal dumping of wastewater in Ohio.

In a letter sent last week, state Sens. Elder Vogel Jr., R-Beaver County, and Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne County, said they asked PEMA to “conduct an immediate review of a critical communications breakdown.”

PEMA, state police, the region's U.S. Coast Guard district and 15 other agencies received notice within a day of Ohio investigators witnessing illegal dumping on Jan. 31 in Youngstown, federal records show. But in the days that followed, none of them told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection or two Beaver County drinking water suppliers downstream, officials said.

A PEMA spokeswoman could not be reached Monday evening.

Tom Fontaine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7847 or tfontaine@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Previously convicted of embezzlement, Mt. Pleasant postal worker accused of mail theft
  2. Greensburg pair jailed in convenience store robbery
  3. Finding perfect pairing for Ehrhoff key for Penguins
  4. 3-alarm fire burns Hill District row homes
  5. Record-breaking temps could make February the coldest one since 1979
  6. Ex-Brewers star Hart hopes to prove to Pirates he still can play
  7. Vincentian girls dominate rival North Catholic for 4th straight WPIAL Class A title
  8. Butler County teen dies in ATV accident
  9. At Pitt, a chance to make early impression under Narduzzi
  10. 3 charged with selling heroin that killed Lower Burrell woman
  11. New Monroeville Mall policy aims to tame teen shoppers