Sewage treatment plant violations in Mount Pocono, PA, resolved

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MOUNT POCONO, PA, Feb. 29, 2012 -- Environmental groups Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) and the Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) have reached a settlement with the Mount Pocono Municipal Authority to resolve a federal lawsuit filed in late 2010 against the authority for more than 600 permit violations.

The consent decree, lodged with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, binds the authority to a specific timeline to improve its discharge of treated sewage to Forest Hills Run. This stream was once clean enough to earn the state's high quality designation, but was added to the state's impaired streams list in 2002.

Under the terms of the consent decree, the authority will reduce the volume of its discharge to Forest Hills Run by applying increasing amounts of the discharge to a large parcel of open land, where vegetation and soils will filter out additional pollutants.

The authority will also permanently protect part of the open land for a trail that will run along Forest Hills Run. "It was critically important to BWA and PennFuture to ensure that Mount Pocono customers could enjoy the stream that their rates will be paying to protect and improve," said Edith Stevens, vice president of BWA.

The consent decree allows the authority to increase its treatment capacity as soon as the stream is restored. The Borough of Mount Pocono needs the increased capacity in order to grow.

"Thanks to today's agreement, a decades-old problem has been solved," said Patricia Kennedy, associate professor at East Stroudsburg University and immediate past president of BWA. "Forest Hills Run has always been too small to receive the amount of discharge needed to serve the residents of Mount Pocono. This forward-thinking solution is a 'win-win' for the future of Mount Pocono residents and their downstream neighbors."

"Today's agreement protects and improves an important stream, provides a new public recreation area to Mount Pocono residents and visitors, and allows the borough to grow," said Brian Glass, law staff chair at PennFuture, who represented BWA and PennFuture in the lawsuit. "It is further proof that every environmental victory grows the economy."

The environmental groups could have pursued millions of dollars in civil penalties for the violations at the sewage treatment plant, but instead worked with the authority and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to develop a remedy that will provide the greatest benefit to the stream.

A copy of the consent decree, which the parties will seek to enter following government and court review, is available on PennFuture's website.

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