Groups Plan To Sue Bridgeport Over Water Pollution
By DAVID FUNKHOUSER | The Hartford Courant
January 24, 2009
Two environmental groups said this week they will sue the city of
Bridgeport for dumping more than 1.6 billion gallons of raw
sewage into Long Island Sound since 2004.

The problem has been going on for decades and is not unique to
Bridgeport. It's especially bad during rainstorms, when runoff
flows into the sewers, overtaxing the city's two treatment plants
and forcing them to shut down.

"If someone in Bridgeport is flushing their toilet during a big rain
event, it's going directly into Long Island Sound," said Roger
Reynolds, lead attorney for the Connecticut Fund for the
Environment, one of the groups behind the suit. Also involved is
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Published January 22, 2009 08:44 pm - Hermitage commissioners
have approved a consent order with the state Department of
Environmental Protection that, when final, will result among other
things in the lifting of a ban on new connections to the sanitary sewer

Lifting of tap-in ban getting closer

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer


Hermitage commissioners have approved a consent order with the
state Department of Environmental Protection, allowing the affixing of
city officials’ signatures to documents already signed by Hermitage
Municipal Authority.

The city has been working under a consent order since 2003 to
address the release of untreated sewage from the sewer plant into
Bobby Run, which flows into the Shenango River. Under that plan,
the city has undertaken numerous projects to extend and replace
sewer lines, expand the plant and adopt and update city ordinances.

DEP banned most connections to the sewer system in August to
address the expiration of the city’s discharge permit and word from
the city that it will not be able to complete a second plant expansion
by the end of 2010 — a date set in the first consent order.

"Broken line sent raw sewage into Shenango River"
CNHI News Service

A broken line at the Upper Shenango Valley Water Pollution Control
Authority’s Orangeville Road pump station released hundreds of
thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the Shenango River earlier
this month.

The problem prompted increased monitoring at the Pennsylvania
American Water Co.’s New Castle plant, which obtains drinking
water for the city and surrounding communities from the river.

It wasn’t immediately known how Aqua Pennsylvania’s Sharon
distribution plant near the pump station was affected. A
spokeswoman said no one was available to address the issue
Sunday night. The Sharon water plant treats river water to supply
drinking water for much of the Shenango Valley.

Testing last week by the New Castle water company found no
changes in the river’s water quality.

When asked if the DEP was checking for increased contamination in
the Shenango that might impact community water supplies,
Tarbell said the agency relies on water companies to do the
monitoring and submit their findings to the state.