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Lawsuit Filed Against Pittsburgh-Area Water Authority For Accepting Frack Wastewater

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported that a lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh against the McKeesport Municipal Authority by Clean Water Action and Three Rivers Waterkeeper alleging it is violating the U.S. Clean Water Act by accepting fracking wastewater, and that it cannot adequately treat the 80,000 to 100,000 gallons a day of frack water it has been dumping into the Monongahela River which supplies drinking water to half a million western Pennsylvanians.

The lawsuit is the first federal case in Pennsylvania that challenges the acceptance of fracking wastewaters by municipal and other industrial treatment plants, a practice that is allowed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The McKeesport Municipal Authority has not accepted or discharged frack water since mid-April, however executive director Joe Rost told the Post-Gazette, “I doubt if we will start again, but if we did, we have a grandfathered right to accept the wastewater, and the authority did not want to give that right up…We want to keep that option open because things may change.”

The lawsuit seeks an injunction to immediate stop the practice, and asks that McKeesport Municipal Authority be required to apply for an amendment to its current discharge permit, and get state approval before it accepts fracking wastewater.

 

 

 

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Lawsuit Filed Against Pittsburgh-Area Water Authority For Accepting Frack Wastewater was posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2011 at 7:54 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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