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Stormwater violations lead to settlement for City of Pittsburgh & PWSA

Stormwater has many negative impacts causing erosion, damage, pollution and danger to wildlife. Proper knowledge of the rules and regulations, inspections and executing best management practices are important for safety and to avoid violations like these:


EPA settles with City of Pittsburgh, PWSA on stormwater violations

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 5, 2021) – The City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) are required to adhere to a schedule of corrective actions to address stormwater inspection and enforcement violations under a consent agreement announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Under the agreement, the city and PWSA are required to:

  • submit an updated stormwater code for approval to the Pittsburgh city council by July 2021;
  • hire additional inspectors and enforcement staff for 2022; and
  • put management partnership procedures in place by the end of January 2022.

The violations included failure to implement inspections and enforcement procedures for construction site erosion and sediment control measures, and for post-construction stormwater management best management practices.

The agreement requires the city and PWSA to comply with a schedule of activities to ensure full compliance with these requirements by March 31, 2022 and to submit quarterly progress reports to EPA. EPA coordinated with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in developing the settlement.


Read the full article on EPA’s site here.



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