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Allegheny County Sanitary Authority

Allegheny County Sanitary Authority

Allegheny County, PA: (May-31-07) The US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Justice, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Allegheny County Health Department brought charges against the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), alleging that the authority violated the Clean Water Act by discharging billions of gallons of untreated sewage into local waterways. Sewage overflows can seriously harm public health by carrying dangerous bacteria into waterways used for recreation, such as boating and swimming.

In a settlement reached, ALCOSAN has agreed to a multi-year strategy to upgrade the sewage systems serving Pittsburgh and 82 surrounding municipalities. The settlement also requires ALCOSAN to pay a $1.2 million penalty for past Clean Water Act violations, and to undertake $3 million in environmental projects. The agreement aims at reducing the amount of untreated sewage being discharged into local rivers by more than 22 billion gallons per year. The $3 million in environmental projects will include stream restoration work and other projects to better control harmful storm water runoff. [WEBWIRE: UNTREATED SEWAGE]

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Published on Jun-1-07


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