RT ECP: Wastewater Treatment

September 5, 2018

Methane Explosion Injures 10, Collapses Roof at Chicago Area Water Reclamation Plant

Source: https://www.enr.com, August 30, 2018 By: Jeff Yoders UPDATE: Worker’s torch set off methane explosion The roof of the sludge concentration building at Chicago’s Calumet Water Reclamation Plant collapsed after an explosion Aug. 30 around 11 a.m. Ten people were hurt and successfully evacuated to area hospitals for treatment by the Chicago Fire Dept. The […]

August 30, 2017

Lead-Based Paint Is a “Pollutant” within CGL Pollution Exclusion

Source: http://www.constructionrisk.com, August 2017 By: Kent Holland Where lead-based paint was ingested by a tenant’s child, the tenant sued her landlord for injuries allegedly sustained by the child. The landlord tendered the claim to its commercial general liability (CGL) insurer who, instead of defending the case, filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a determination that […]

May 31, 2013

Faulty Valve Leads to Evacuation

Source: Great American Environmental Division, May 2013 The operator of a small waste water treatment plant was in the process of receiving a bulk shipment of chlorine bleach used in the treatment process at the facility. Unfortunately, the valve connecting the hose to the tank was not secure. Before the vendor and operator realized what […]

January 4, 2013

South County sewage plant administrator sued over 2010 spill

Source: The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, CA, January 2, 2013 By: Cynthia Lambert Two years after raw sewage flooded from a South County wastewater treatment plant into an Oceano neighborhood and backed up into some homes, seven residents have sued the administrator of the facility. In a lawsuit filed Dec. 18, the residents allege that […]

May 23, 2011

Legal fight brewing in Mill Valley over massive 2008 sewage spill

Source: Marin Independent Journal (CA), May 16, 2011 Posted on: http://envfpn.advisen.com More than three years after a treatment plant spilled millions of gallons of sewage into Richardson Bay, a collection agency that feeds into the plant wants to hold the city of Mill Valley — the plant’s contract operator — legally and financially responsible. An […]

March 24, 2011

Shale drillers tout recycling as option for wastewater

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer , March 23, 2011 Posted on: http://envfpn.advisen.com The level of salty compounds in the Monongahela River south of Pittsburgh spiked above acceptable limits in late 2008 — not a health risk, according to federal and state regulators, but drinking water drawn from the river tasted like mud. Environmentalists blamed the contamination on […]

March 14, 2011

Groups say facilities wrongly discharging drilling wastewater

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 11, 2011 Posted on: http://envfpn.advisen.com Two municipal sewage treatment facilities that together discharge 150,000 gallons a day of Marcellus Shale wastewater into the Monongahela River watershed don’t have federal permits for such pollution discharges and should, according to two environmental organizations that say they will sue the facilities in federal court. […]

March 3, 2011

Officials call for water testing after report details radioactive shale waste

Source: Times-Tribune (Scranton, PA), March 2, 1011 Posted on: http://envfpn.advisen.com U.S. Sen. Bob Casey joined a chorus of lawmakers on Tuesday seeking additional testing of public water supplies following a report that the wastewater produced from Marcellus Shale gas wells in Pennsylvania contains higher levels of radioactive materials than was previously disclosed. An article published […]

September 20, 2010

Process Tank Malfunction

Acknowledgement to Great American A process tank at a wastewater treatment plant malfunctioned, discharging a large volume of untreated wastewater into a nearby stream. This discharge caused a fish kill as well as damage to many aquatic plants. The local regulatory authority issued fines to the operator of the wastewater treatment plant for the unauthorized […]

July 22, 2010

Wastewater Treatment Superintendent Faces Jail Time

A U.S. District Court in Indiana sentenced the former superintendent of a wastewater treatment facility to one year in prison for falsifying discharge monitoring reports. The erroneous reports concealed violations of the Clean Water Act. The former plant head admitted to making as many as 55 separate falsifications in reports from September 2004 through May […]


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