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The Borough is regularly required to post various documents and other information on our website. Posted here are those documents. The number in front of each section correlates to the resources for that section, listed at the bottom of the page.
DISCHARGE PERMITS ARE REQUIRED BY BOROUGH ORDINANCE
TO PREVENT WATER POLLUTION
Willful Water Pollution Is A Serious Offense And Subject To All Enforcement Options Including Suspension Of Sewer Service, Civil Penalties Of $200.00 to $25,000.00
And Publication Of The Sewer User’s Name & Violations In The Newspaper And
Referral To The EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division for Possible Prosecution.
The Environmental Protection Agency requires the Borough to identify and control sewer users discharging pollutants to the Borough's wastewater treatment plant. To comply with these EPA regulations, the Borough has enacted ordinances requiring discharge permits. The EPA also requires the Borough to take enforcement actions against non-compliant sewer users. For sewer users discharging only domestic wastes, there is no fee for a permit.
To assist the Borough in protecting the treatment plant and the Lehigh Watershed, you are required to fully complete and submit a Part I Watershed Protection Permit Application (and a Part II application as applicable), within 25 days. Please be aware that if a sewer user ignores the mandatory requirements to obtain the proper permits and unauthorized discharges are found by sampling and/or site inspections, escalating enforcement actions will be necessary. These can include Cease and Desist Orders requiring that all discharges be stopped until compliance is achieved; substantial monetary civil penalties and notifying the Environmental Protection Agency for possible further action.
However, instead of immediate strict enforcement, the Borough emphasizes mentoring and compliance assistance and prefers to work cooperatively with non-compliant sewer users that voluntarily contact the Borough about their actual or potential compliance problems. This approach also applies to those who were not previously aware of the mandatory permitting requirements and are submitting applications for the first time. Please note that assistance can only be provided if it does not interfere with or compromise the Borough’s regulatory responsibilities and enforcement authority.
Jeffrey Morgan, Pretreatment Coordinator
Steve Travers, Borough Manager
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