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September 8, 2013

Readers' Forum 9/8 | Treatment plant, sewers are in violation

JOHNSTOWN — This letter addresses Leonard Facciani’s statements on Johnstown area sewage work published Aug. 25, “Lots of misinformation about sewage work” in the Readers’ Forum.

Facciani attempts to discredit my comments in a July 5 issue of The Tribune-Democrat about smoke testing in Southmont Borough with an untruth regarding my professional credentials. I am, in fact, a registered professional engineer, and have been since 1978.

The Dornick Point Sewage Treatment Plant and regional sewers are in violation of the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law. Thus, the plant and connecting municipal sewer systems have been under a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enforced sewer tap ban since 1989. Each municipality must file requests to DEP for new customer sewer tap allowances and submit semi-annual progress reports to DEP of efforts to remove stormwater from sanitary sewers.

In 2010, DEP further ordered the Johns-town Redevelopment Authority (JRA), Dornick Point’s owner, to eliminate illegal sanitary sewage discharges into streams and rivers. There is no easy way to address this mandate, as Randy Griffith’s articles in the Sept. 1 edition of The Tribune-Democrat explain. The JRA, municipal sewer system owners and their engineers have been working to resolve this area-wide problem, with municipalities opting for individual service connection pressure testing.

Yes, the JRA is responsible for paying fines and penalties for untreated, discharged sewage. However, revenue from sewage customers is the main source of JRA funds. In essence, all JRA customers pay these fines.

Cooperation of all communities and the JRA is the only way to come into compliance.

F. Scott Rugh

Johnstown

Pet in need of helping hand

Poor dog. Tied for hours on end to a shrub with no shelter. You can count his ribs. He cries and howls and is yelled at to shut up. I called the humane society and they told me to call the police.

I called the police and they said they will call the animal control officer, but it could take a long time for him to come.

This has been going on all summer. I am told that I will get in trouble if I rescue it.

Where do I turn to help this poor thing?

Brenda Mathis

South Fork

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