Pennsylvania lacks resources to enforce safe water standards, says EPA
“Federal officials are warning the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that it lacks the necessary staffing and resources to enforce safe drinking water standards, which could be grounds for taking primacy away– costing the state millions of dollars in federal funding. …
On Wednesday problems in Pittsburgh led to the closure of nearly two dozen schools and a boil-water order for 100,000 people. …
In its December letter to DEP, the EPA says the department’s lack of staff has caused the number of unaddressed Safe Drinking Water Act violations to nearly double in the past five years, from 4,298 to 7,922.
This warning from the feds shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, says David Hess, who served as DEP Secretary under former Republican Governor Tom Ridge. “DEP has seen a significant drop in its budget. It’s down over 800 positions, which is 25 percent of its staff,” he says. “DEP is getting dangerously close to not being able to accomplish its mission.” “
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“What does this have to do with the Marcellus Shale?”, you might ask. Fracking is one of the biggest users of water in the state, and it generates a lot of toxic wastewater. Ideally, this wastewater is handled properly and it gets injected deep underground, but what happens when mistakes are made, and people or livestock get sick? The industry needs strong regulation to prevent this from happening, of course. See other recent thread: