In wake of pipeline settlement, Dinniman says DEP fails to manage pipeline projects

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners more than $30 million, but appears to have green-lit resumption of construction on various ETP pipeline projects including Mariner East II — leaving one local state legislator, state Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-19), expressing anger at the state’s inability...

DEP: Rains, flooding create high level of West Nile in PA’s mosquitos

HARRISBURG — Receding floodwaters and heavy rains across Pennsylvania are creating a perfect storm of conditions, that have contributed to the highest level of West Nile virus activity in the mosquito population since the disease was first introduced in 2000. The disease, which has infected more than 150 people in the past six years, is on track to pose an unusually higher than normal risk this year...

Mariner East II pipeline hearing, Wednesday

The path of the proposed Mariner East II pipeline. WEST CHESTER — Area residents will be able to testify about the proposed Mariner East II pipeline during a public hearing put on by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, Wednesday night at West Chester University. Among local various other elected officials, state Sen. Andy Dinniman said Tuesday it was important that local residents...

Birmingham supervisors blast stormwater rules

Again criticize new DEP/EPA rules that could cost taxpayers $400,000 By Liz Brown, Correspondent, The Times BIRMINGHAM — The township’s Board of Supervisors  continue to lament the mandates being handed down by the PA State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding pollutants being discharged into the local waterways. At Monday’s...

Pocopson faces $400K in sediment plan costs

Supervisors say they are frustrated by high cost, lack of proof remediation will benefit creek By Kelli Siehl, Staff Writer, The Times Pocopson township officials are worried that new rules on sediment discharge into local streams, such as the Brandywine, seen here from Birmingham, could cost the township some $400,000 over the next five years and may not provide much of a solution. POCOPSON — During...

Birmingham officials balk at new DEP regs

Supervisors unhappy with DEP’s call for some $322,000 in stormwater management projects By Nicole Brown, Staff Writer, The Times BIRMINGHAM — Reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and possible adjustments to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) upset the townhip’s supervisors at the board meeting on Monday night. Representatives from VanDeMark &...

New stormwater rules could cost E. Marlborough more than $500,000

EPA, State DEP sediment containment rules could hit budget hard, officials say By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times New rules for sediment containment could hit local communities in the Christina River basin (pictured above) hard in the coming years. East Marlborough officials said Monday that it could cost the township more than $500,000 over the next five years to meet the requirements. EAST MARLBOROUGH...

Pocopson continues progress on septic management plan

LIkely to subscribe to county records on a septic tank pumping By Kelli Siehl, Staff Writer, The Times POCOPSON — Township Supervisors are moving forward to adopt a Septage Management Plan and update the township’s Individual Sewage Disposal Systems Ordinance (http://www.ecode360.com/6536820) as required by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). According to the PA DEP, The Pennsylvania...

Birmingham supervisors look at septic policies

State DEP is asking townships to require yearly pumping of septic systems By Nicole Brown, Correspondent, UnionvilleTimes.com BIRMINGHAM — Township supervisors discussed the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) request to require residents to pump their septic tanks a certain amount of times every year at the township meeting on Monday night. Two representatives from the DEP recently...

E. Marlborough says ‘not yet’ to BVA sediment effort, Birmingham says ‘no’

Lack of state DEP support for regional effort cited, concerns about spending By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTImes.com The Christina Basin EAST MARLBOROUGH — At least two local towns are in no rush to join the Brandywine Valley Association’s attempt to regionalize efforts to meet increasingly tougher standards by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to limit sediment and other discharge...