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DER ORDERS WESTTOWN SEWER COMPANY TO REHABILITATE UNSAFE PLANT

 DER ORDERS WESTTOWN SEWER COMPANY TO REHABILITATE UNSAFE PLANT
 CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Resources (DER) today ordered the Westtown Sewer Co. to rehabilitate its overloaded sewage treatment plant in Westtown Township, Chester County.
 "The plant is unsafe and needs a major overhaul to prevent injury to plant operators and avoid further environmental damage to the East Branch of Chester Creek," Regional Water Quality Manager Joseph Feola said.
 Under the DER order, the company must:
 -- Within 30 days, hire a full-time plant operator to properly run the facility.
 -- Within 30 days, submit a plan to correct operational and maintenance deficiencies at the plant.
 -- By Sept. 1, complete all rehabilitation work not requiring a DER permit.
 -- Within six months of obtaining a DER water quality permit, complete all work requiring the permit.
 "The department issued the order when the company failed to voluntarily bring the plant into compliance with state regulations," Feola said.
 He said a separate engineering report by Westtown Township confirmed that the facility needs major rehabilitation to ensure reliable operation and conform with local building, electrical and safety codes as well as DER regulations.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara L. Sherf of DER, 215-832-6010/6027/ CO: Department of Environmental Resources; Westtown Sewer Co. ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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