Pennsylvania lagging on safe water standards, says EPA

Started February 4, 2017 at 11:10 pm by @Paul Heckbert in Marcellus Shale

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Paul Heckbert
02/04/17 11:10:16PM

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:

Barry D
02/05/17 06:52:21PM @barry-d:


As usual you didn't even read the info which you posted.

This article is about drinking water treatment systems (plants).

Nowhere is "fracking" mentioned. Just more misinformation from you.

Then you make the misleading statement that "fracking" is one of the biggest users of water in the state (Pennsylvania). COMPLETELY FALSE.

Personal use , Industry, Agriculture and recreation (golf courses etc.) all use far more water than "fracking". In fact "fracking doesn't even come close. More misinformation.

As usual - Misinformation, stacked on top of misinformation, stacked on misinformation and so on.

Barry D
02/06/17 05:30:42PM @barry-d:

The hypocrisy of the radical left is entertaining.

This article is about a drinking water treatment plant in Pittsburgh, PA. The article blames the situation on Republicans. Because as we all know, Republicans hate clean water.

The ironny and hypocrisy is this, if you are familiar with Pittsburgh and surrounding Allegheny  County, you know , that it is not a Republican stronghold. In fact the Democrats have had a stranglehold on government there for at least 60 years.

Those who live in glass houses should not be throwing stones.

Don't you agree Paul?

02/07/17 01:41:41PM @gotgas:

So federal government officials are warning state government officials that a city government water plant is not up to par and more government regulations should fix it? Got it

Barry D
02/08/17 08:25:26PM @barry-d:

A city government plant in a city run by corrupt Democrats. (my opinion)




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