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Connellsville sewer overflow plan falls short of state standards

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Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 12:11 a.m.

The Connellsville Municipal Authority received a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection several weeks ago, indicating that the authority's combined sewer overflow plan is not in compliance with provisions of the Clean Water Act.

Paul Eiswerth, environmental engineer III with DEP, said the authority's combined sewer overflow (CSO) long-term control plan is not acceptable even though the authority revised the plan.

As a result, DEP officials will meet with authority members within the next few weeks to make additional revisions to the plan.

In its revised long-term control plan, Eiswerth said, the Connellsville Municipal Authority is proposing that it is in compliance with the second of the third approach options. The authority indicated there is an adequate level of control to meet with water quality based on requirements of the Clean Water Act.

However, DEP officials do not agree with the authority's claim.

Eiswerth said the authority has the right to appeal the DEP decision within the next 30 days.

“The DEP inspected the plant on July 19 to review the problem,” said authority vice chairman Pat Duncan. “DEP sent us a letter about the combined sewer overflow problem. DEP visited us a few years back, asking us to revise our combined sewer overflow control plan.”

In other business, the authority:

• Received a favorable report of its 2012 audit findings from Means, Vance and Perry, a certified public accounting firm.

• Adopted the 2013 profit and loss budget versus the actual budget as of July 31, indicating that the authority's finances are similar to what they were at the same time last year.

Cindy Ekas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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