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Inaction alleged on Rostraver sewer plant concerns

| Saturday, April 28, 2012, 1:19 a.m.

Clair Manor resident Al Sandusky on Wednesday told the Rostraver commissioners that not enough is being done to address concerns that a privately owned wastewater treatment plant poses a health hazard.

At the commissioners' May meeting, Sandusky spoke on behalf of 50 residents who signed a petition to shut down the plant near their homes.

Last night he claimed the most dangerous area was overlooked during soil testing.

"Nothing was tested on my property ... and to the best of my knowledge, the inside of that structure was not tested. But ground behind the building and ground in front of the building was tested," he said. "Nothing where we reported the sanitary sewer overflows took place over the last 40 years -- none of that ground was even tested."

Sandusky has claimed that raw sewage has leaked out of the plant and onto his property.

During a December meeting, township sewage authority board members agreed to have the plant torn down and had the blessing of former owner Ralph Iacoboni Jr., who is a township commissioner.

Iacoboni Jr. was at that meeting and agreed the building is a health hazard.

He and his brother, Ray, owned and operated the plant through their company, 3R Development.

The agreement to tear down the facility fell through when 3R Development sold the building and lot to Ralph Iacoboni Sr., who has said he wants a new structure built if the existing one is torn down.

The authority received a letter from the elder Iacoboni's attorney Feb. 26 telling them they are not authorized to demolish the building.

The authority owns the sewer lines and infrastructure.

At the commissioners' May meeting, Iacoboni Jr. said the overflows are a recent problem that did not exist during the 14 years he and his brother operated the plant.

He was absent from last night's meeting.

Nick Lorenzo, chairman of the board of commissioners, told Sandusky that the board is waiting for the soil samples to be analyzed.

"As soon as this board gets the results from the testing lab, I'll guarantee you a phone call and you can get a copy," Lorenzo said. "That is being done, so don't say nothing is being done."

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