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February 7, 2013

DEP sues trailer park about sludge issues

LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP — The state Department of Environmental Protection has asked a local judge to order that the owner of a Lackawannock Township mobile home park comply with sanitary sewer operation orders.

The agency said Mark Marcucci of Shenango Township owns Remark Estates Mobile Home Park, 26 Kirkland Road, and runs a sewage treatment plant for the 10 mobile homes.

In March, DEP ordered Marcucci to pay the annual $250 permit fee, but he has not. In August, DEP ordered Marcucci to test the effluent Ð the treated water Ð discharged from the sewage treatment plant into Little Neshannock Creek, and to hire a certified plant operator, both of which remain undone.

Marcucci did not appeal either order, DEP said.

DEP filed a petition Jan. 31 in Mercer County Common Pleas Court  asking for enforcement of the orders, and a hearing has been set for Feb. 27 before Judge Christopher J. St. John.

A telephone message left with Marcucci was not returned.

Marcucci paid a $14,472 civil penalty in 2008 for failing to submit a timely discharge application or collect samples.

Samples submitted six times in 2009 and twice in 2011 showed the plant exceeded discharge limits for fecal coliform and other substances, DEP said.

Marcucci stopped submitting monthly discharge reports in May 2011, according to the August order.

An October 2011 inspection showed that the plant no longer had a certified operator, DEP said.

Marcucci said a year ago that he would submit discharge reports and hire an operator, but has not followed through, DEP said.

 

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