ShareThis Page

Environmentalists push Alcosan for details on eliminating sewage overflows

| Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 5:36 p.m.

Environmentalists want to know how the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority will incorporate green infrastructure into a federally mandated plan for eliminating sewage overflows during heavy rains, but Alcosan says its plan isn't finished.

On Wednesday, about 20 activists delivered a letter to Alcosan's offices, asking for details under the state's Right to Know Law.

Alcosan must comply with a federal court order to eliminate sewage overflows into creeks and rivers and has asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency for an 18-month extension so it can consider green options for its $2 billion plan. It includes building large holding tunnels for rainwater.

Alcosan is in the process of formulating plans for a study of green infrastructure. It will share them with the public once they are finalized, according to spokeswoman Nancy Barylak.

But Jennifer Rafanan Kennedy, campaign director for the Clean Rivers Campaign, a coalition of groups advocating for green infrastructure, said environmentalists want to be sure Alcosan is sincere.

Barylak said Alcosan intends to share its plan with Clean Rivers when it's finished.

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.