July 14, 1987 |
A private sewage company spewing about 100,000 gallons of raw sewage a day into a tributary of Rancocas Creek is unable to treat the discharge because it is in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings. The Sunbury Village Sewer Co. informed state officials yesterday that it could not raise the funds to buy a chlorinator to treat the raw sewage before it is dumped into nearby Budds Run, said James M. Staples, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection. The department's effort to find a temporary chlorination method for the discharge is "unprecedented," Staples said.
June 24, 1990 |
For four years, members of the Valley Swim Club have been waiting for someone - anyone - to fix a City of Philadelphia drainage pipe that is sending raw sewage into a creek that runs through the grounds of the private club. They have gone to the Lower Moreland Township Board of Commissioners, the city's Water Department and the state Department of Environmental Resources (DER) and, still, the problem remains. "We have an open health hazard for hepatitis out there and the problem just continues to go on," said Lower Moreland Commissioner Emily-Jane Lemole at Wednesday night's commissioner's meeting.
February 17, 1987 |
About 70 residents appeared at the Monroe Township Council meeting last night to complain about raw sewage flooding their homes. At least two split-level homes in the 15-year-old Forest Hill development recently were flooded by raw sewage that backed up through basement fixtures. The residents called on the council to hold the township Municipal Authority responsible for the problem. "We came to you because you appointed the people (on the authority) and you have the right to call the people in and have them explain their actions," Jack Luby, former township mayor and owner of the flooded homes, told the council.
September 3, 2011 |
Millions of gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Schuylkill from a sewer main break in Reading this week, with a final estimate of the spill to be determined as soon as next week. But the risk for those whose downriver public-utility systems draw directly from the waterway has passed, state environmental regulators said Friday. "I was out doing fecal counts on the river today," said Krissy Pennypacker, laboratory supervisor for the Pottstown water system. "They've dropped off tremendously in the last couple of days.
July 25, 1989 |
The Philadelphia prison system has been pumping raw sewage from two city prisons into a storm drain that empties into Pennypack Creek, not far from where the creek flows into the Delaware River, a prison official confirmed yesterday. The official described the practice as an emergency measure that has been used repeatedly over the years, but only during periods of heavy rainfall, such as last week. "Honestly, it does go into the creek. I've got to admit to what I did. . . . It was an emergency procedure," said George Andress, chief of maintenance for the prison system.
May 28, 2010 |
Intermittently over a period of five years, the operator of a Montgomery County sewage-treatment plant wasn't testing the outflow and wasn't treating it, according to law enforcement officials. He was simply discharging raw sewage into the Perkiomen Creek, they said. The state Attorney General's Office has filed criminal charges against the operator, Pennsburg resident Michael T. Martin, who was fired months ago from the Green Lane Marlborough Joint Authority. He faces a maximum of 18 years in prison and $40,000 in fines for allegedly allowing untreated or partially treated sewage to flow into the stream and for fabricating sampling data that he submitted to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
May 28, 1992 |
Jack Luby was relaxing in the family room of his Forest Hills home in Monroe Township two weeks ago when he saw his wife, Judy, coming down the stairs with their one-month-old grandson. But when Judy Luby reached the bottom of the stairs, she stepped ankle-deep into raw sewage. A check valve in the laundry room that was supposed to prevent sewage from backing up had burst, sending the muddy mess gurgling up like a fountain, Luby said. A dozen neighbors, some of whom had also experienced problems with their sewer systems, rushed to help.
August 9, 2012 |
Sharks or syringes, forget about it. That would totally ruin a beach vacation. But people are more placid about poo, apparently. Although a raw-sewage spill prompted authorities to ban swimming at three of the busiest beaches in Ocean City, N.J., earlier this week, sunbathers crowded back into the ocean Tuesday afternoon, after Cape May County health officials declared the currents safe. "Considering that Ocean City is seven miles long, I think it's a little bit overblown," said John Millon, 56, of Havertown, who spent Tuesday on the beach at Third Street.
November 22, 1996 |
A Philadelphia-area subsidiary of Browning Ferris Industries Inc. and six executives were charged yesterday with defrauding area sewage treatment plants of $1.3 million by illegally dumping doctored sewage sludge. The charges were contained in a 23-count federal grand jury indictment alleging that the West Chester branch of BFI Services Group Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Houston-based BFI, disguised sewage sludges and grease as raw sewage and dumped them at plants in Philadelphia, Hatfield, Aston, Bridgeport and New Castle, Del., from 1989 to 1992.
April 21, 2006 |
The superintendent of the Bristol Township sewage plant did not deliberately pollute the Delaware River, his lawyer said after a guilty plea in federal court yesterday. Steven McClain fouled the river with untreated sewage accidentally while trying to juggle too many tasks, said his attorney, Louis R. Busico. McClain will be sentenced July 20 after pleading guilty to discharging thousands of gallons of sewage into the river at least twice in 2004 and to falsifying test results.