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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

DEP Fines Beaver County Man $137,800 for Wetlands Violations Unpermitted Pond Construction Destroyed Two Acres of Wetlands, Impacted Trout Stocked Fishery

DEP Fines Beaver County Man $137,800 for Wetlands Violations Unpermitted Pond Construction Destroyed Two Acres of Wetlands, Impacted Trout Stocked Fishery


PITTSBURGH -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that Francois Bitz, of Baden, Beaver County, will pay $137,000 in civil penalties as part of a consent order and agreement for violating the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law and the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act. Bitz will also pay cost-recovery and oversight costs to DEP and the Allegheny County Conservation District.

From 2009 to 2010, Bitz excavated approximately two acres of wetlands and impacted approximately 1,100 feet of stream while constructing a recreational pond on his property in Marshall Township, Allegheny County, without the necessary permits.

“Our regulations exists to protect the quality and vitality of our streams and wetlands,” DEP Southwest Regional Director Susan Malone said. “The department’s permitting process allows for responsible development, but the regulations must be respected and enforced.”

DEP issued Bitz two compliance orders in July 2010 after inspections to the Marshall Township property revealed he had excavated portions of a stream channel of an unnamed tributary to Big Sewickley Creek, which is classified as a trout stocked fishery. Bitz also disturbed significant portions of earth in the surrounding wetlands without developing or implementing an erosion and sediment control plan. The compliance orders outlined Bitz’s failure to comply with regulations that protect wetlands and mitigate erosion during construction activity.

As a condition of the consent order and agreement, Bits must submit a revised permit application for remediation and restoration of the impacted stream and wetlands. The agreement also stipulates that the restoration must begin within two months and be completed within six months of the issuance of the permit.

For more information, visit www.depweb.state.pa or call 412-442-4000.

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lets hang the poor sob!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

It's a shame you can't do what you wnat to with your own property without all the government regulations.This is just a money grab by an ever growing beaurocracy.

Anonymous said...

Both of you are freakin loony as a bird! The regulations exist so that ALL of us can live together, not just do as we want when we want. Holy cow, what if the guy down the run fron this idiot has a pasture full of cows or horses and depends on that water for his animals? What if there is an endagered species living there and he just wiped out half it's habitat?
It's one thing to have personal liberites but c'mon man.... you can't be serious, or just didn't use your head when you say a person ought to be able to do what they want with their land without conforming to regulations.
What about sportsmen who use the land around this guy? What would you do if you hunt on, say a state game lands, you go there this fall and right next door to whre you hunt is a freakin chemical dump? You kill a deer, take it home, and shortly after eating it your kids glow at night? Are you going to say "Sorry son, you're dying from being poisoned, but the guy built it on his own land, so that's the breaks." People spew about 'privacy' and their 'rights' but these laws protect the general population.

Anonymous said...

She drinks the Kool Aid. Socialist tree hugger. The downfall of our Republic. The problems will not be solved with " the village mentality" but rather by individual rights and freedoms like our founders fought for. Get off of my planet!

Anonymous said...

Individual rights and freedoms, then the stupid sob says "get off my planet"
Typical of the backwoods, redneck retard mind set.
Another way of putting it is this, "Screw you, I'm going to do what I want and the rest of you can suck it."
The founders, by the way, founded a Republic, not a state of individual freedoms. Brush up on your history before you attempt to tell others what your 'sloution ' is please? Drunk fat and stupid is a terrible way to spend life son.