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Connellsville sewage facility to get DEP visit

| Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 12:51 a.m.

Inspectors from the state Department of Environmental Protection will visit the Connellsville Municipal Authority sewage facility within the next few weeks to determine if the plant is in compliance with federal pollution regulations.

Doug Coffman, professional engineer for Widmer Engineering, told authority members Tuesday night that DEP representatives plan to inspect the facility in late September or early October for the renewal of its National Pollution Discharge Elimination System, which is required every five years.

Coffman explained that DEP officials will determine whether the plant is in compliance with NPDES, a routine inspection that takes place at sewage plants throughout the state.

Jerry Fox, the authority's superintendent, said DEP representatives are required to conduct the inspections every five years.

“They will look at the plant and the collection system to make sure we are operating correctly,” Fox said.

If DEP officials were to determine the plant is in violation of the NPDES, Fox said DEP would notify the municipal authority of corrective actions that would be required to bring the facility into compliance.

“We really don't anticipate any problems with our system,” Fox said. “We're in pretty good shape right now. All of our documentation is up to date. DEP representatives have to come here to inspect everything.”

Authority members said they are available Sept. 30, Oct. 1 or Oct. 10 for the DEP inspection and a required meeting that is expected to follow the inspection.

“I will contact DEP to see if their employees are available on one of those dates, so we can schedule the inspection and meeting as soon as possible,” Fox said.

In other action, the authority:

• Agreed to renew its health, vision and dental insurance for employees with UPMC again this year. The cost is expected to increase $3,600 a year.

• Decided to contribute $40,343 as its minimum payment for the municipal pension obligation.

• Agreed to invest $100,000 in a certificate of deposit at Scottdale Bank & Trust at a .40 percent interest rate for a 330-day period. The new account will generate about $400 in additional income for the municipal authority during the required timeframe.

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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