The water authority in a tiny Pennsylvania town owes the state a large fine.
The Steelton Borough Water Authority, which serves a town of about 6,000 people, was cited for water treatment and reporting violations. They owe the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) a $55,200 fine, according to the Patriot-News.
“DEP considers that fine to be reflective of the seriousness of the violations,” said Lisa Kasianowitz, spokeswoman for DEP, in the report.
The state routinely fines treatment operators that are not in compliance with its rules, according to the report. Ordinarily, it helps them get back in bounds without levying gigantic fines.
Not this time.
“This is a different case than what we normally see because information was falsely reported to the department,” Kasianowitz said in the report.
The violations were discovered in November during an inspection. DEP found “significant violations" of the Safe Drinking Water Act and its regulations, the report said.
The violations, per a DEP release:
More fines are on the way should Steelton fail to pay in full. If that is the case, "Steelton will be required to pay a series of additional civil penalties. Steelton Water Authority will pay the $55,200 penalty in four quarterly payments, with the last payment due April 15, 2015. DEP has received the first payment of $13,800," ABC 27 reported.
“Upon discovery of these violations, DEP notified Steelton Borough Water Authority who responded promptly and appropriately,” DEP South-central Regional Director Lynn Langer said in a Fox 43 report. “Since then, Steelton has been working with DEP on resolving the violations and has been carefully monitoring the situation to protect public health.”
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