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EPA Cites Delaware Mobile Home Park For Unlawful Sewage Discharge

Release Date: 09/27/2006
Contact Information: Roy Seneca (215) 814-5567

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking an $80,335 penalty from the owners and operators of the Mobile Gardens Trailer Park of Seaford, Del. for Clean Water Act violations at the park’s wastewater treatment plant.

In its administrative complaint against K.C. Burnham & Associates of Pittsford, NY, and Mobile Gardens MHP, LLC of Seaford, Del., EPA alleges that the wastewater treatment plant exceeded pollution limits for a Clean Water Act permit issued by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Under the permit, the plant discharges treated wastewater into a tributary of the Nanticoke River.

EPA alleges that between February 2004 and June 2006, the Sussex County facility violated permit limits associated with biochemical oxygen demand and total suspended solids on 37 occasions. Along with seeking the penalty, EPA has ordered the owners and operators of the trailer park to comply with the Clean Water Act permit.

Under the federal Clean Water Act, it is unlawful to discharge pollutants into waterways without a permit, issued by EPA or the state, that sets pollution discharge limits, monitoring and reporting requirements, and other conditions designed to protect water quality. For more information about the Clean Water Act permit program, visit www.epa.gov/npdes

The cited companies have the right to a hearing to contest the alleged violations and proposed penalty.