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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

DEP: More than 3,000 comments received over proposed wastewater facility

By ALEX DAVIS Era Reporter a.davis@bradfordera.com 9 hrs ago
Bradford Era
A controversial wastewater facility proposal in Potter County has gained quite a bit of attention –- in fact, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has received more than 3,000 comments.

Some of the comments are in support of the project and others are in opposition, said Megan Lehman, spokesman for the DEP.

The Seneca Nation of Indians continues to oppose the proposed facility to be located adjacent to the Coudersport Area Municipal Authority’s publicly owned treatment works in Eulalia Township. The Senecas say that the project would severely impact the Nation’s Allegany Territory, located 65 miles downstream on the Allegheny River.

But Epiphany officials said they are hoping to be able to work things out with the Seneca Nation; they are looking to meet this month with the Senecas’ leadership.  Read more.....

21 comments :

Anonymous said...

Why are they so hell bent on putting something on a major water way? Isn't this the second time the Allegheny has been address. Didn't they want to put a plant like at the head of the Allegheny awhile back? You know what I think.. I think they want to see if it will work. I believe they think there won't be any issues with this filter plant. But if they are wrong! The Allegheny puts out so much water that they feel will clean its self after the damage is done. Isn't that the saying. The cure to pollution is dilution.. They see how nature is recovering down in Cameron County where the coal claimed the creeks and they run RED.. You still see Red running streams and one day they will all be clear and clean. I'm betting they think they can fix the mistake if its made. Just my thought..

Anonymous said...

the sewage goes into th yye river Fracking has been going on years 75 years ago they just put the salt brine was put on the roads to keep dust down etc now that all the restickens on for years there is more cancer now and more water problems? I used to drink town water but now I buy bottled Now they are saying the bottled spring water is not good At least they are testing the fracking water

Anonymous said...

Nobody wants this but JKLM, Epiphany and the 5 CAMA board members.
Coudersport Borough Council, would you please replace the 3 CAMA board members, the current board members refuse to respond to the concerns the public has raised.

They have not acted in the best interest to the community. This board has been reckless with CAMA cash.

CAMA poured over 24K into this so far for permits, engineering associated with this deal and if permits are not approved it's lost. That's a game of chance not a sound business deal.

Why on earth didn't Epiphany or JKLM pay for these expenses?

And if permits are approved, who's going to cover the legal fees to defend this idea? CAMA's sewage customers?

Kluso said...

The Seneca Nation is just looking for $ to go away quietly.

Anonymous said...

I say put it back in your own water supply since the politicians you elected are all for it. You should be the ones too drink it.Remember elections have consequences!

Anonymous said...

11:53 the Seneca Nation wants clean water just like the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Where is that worthless EPA when you need them.

Anonymous said...

You are around the head waters of the Alleghany, so you want to pollute everything down river. People should start caring about our rivers and drinking water.

Anonymous said...

The epa isn't around for stuff like this, I tried to report people dumping garbage by the river. They told me that isn't what they cover, to try some other PA agency.

Anonymous said...

CaMA should withdraw permits, problem solved. Cutiing their losses. Dragging this on is going to CAMA more than the sewage customers are willing to pay. They can't win against the seneca.

Anonymous said...

They hide/they're gutless!!!

Anonymous said...

Everyone down river should just pony up a check to pay off the 2 + millions that CAMA owes on its penn vest loan And CAMA will promise to only dump sewage in the river. Compromise. Or everyone can just give the money to the lawyers!

Anonymous said...

In the face of growing criticism of this project and CAMA's investment in it, the CAMA board continued to invest funds it can not afford to lose and moved ahead with permit requests regardless of their constituencies wishes.

I concur, the CAMA board does not represent Coudersport anymore and I am asking the borough council to hit the reset button on CAMA and bring in some fresh faces.

If I'm not mistaken, the upstream opposition to this project goes well beyond that of the Seneca nation. I was told that the entire 500 Nation body of Native Americans are gathering to oppose this.

I also understand that Cattaraugus County Government has come out in opposition to this

This project has the potential to embroil the people of Coudersport in lawsuits they cannot afford to defend.

This project needs to be abandoned and if the current CAMA board won't do that, then it's time to bring in new faces.

Anonymous said...

Trump's EPA? That's funny right there. Scott Pruitt is all about the environment. Yeah right. He'll probably be there to cut the ribbon.

Anonymous said...

Everyone down river should just pony up a check to pay off the 2 + millions that CAMA owes on its penn vest loan And CAMA will promise to only dump sewage in the river. Compromise. Or everyone can just give the money to the lawyers!

Anonymous said...

2:15 come on down and fill out out a letter of interest. No one from the borough of Coudersport to my knowledge was willing to take a seat on the CAMA board when there have been vacancies. The borough advertised on Solomon s and in local papers with no interest. So who is to replace the CAMA board if there is no interest? You would think with all the talk on this blog the borough would be flooded with people willing to take a board position, but there is no one. All talk no interest in helping or doing something sad.

Anonymous said...

2:15:00 PM EDT Downriver folks pony up? That isn't a compromise that's extortion!
Oh, and there goes the Solicitor's Pennvest fictional narrative again!

The truth is, CAMA has been paying the Pennvest loan every month for nearly 2 decades, CAMA's financial records substantiate this. CAMA didn't suddenly begin having financial difficulties. This wasn't the CAMA board member's way to make bank. This began when JKLM put forth the idea to involve the sewage plant with a disposal plan for their waste.

And CAMA board members had a responsibility to act in the public's best interest. Instead CAMA board members gave Epiphany the deal of the century by agreeing to cover the permits, engineering and site prep costs! And If the permits get turned down, CAMA eats the costs! Tell me again why the current CAMA board members should stay? Why didn't the board members require a reimbursement plan if permits are denied? I really hope all the massive holes in the agreement, big enough to drive a waste truck through, are not the reason why CAMA refused to provide the public with a copy of the agreement before they agreed to sign it.

All this for a 1 thousand dollar per month lease? Really? Something about this agreement stinks.This plan is illogical, absurd and not even believable!

And it's really hard to believe the CAMA board members were so easily convinced by Thomas Joseph to pay for the permits, site prep and engineering costs! IMO they were putty in Joseph's hands! Before this is over I suspect CAMA board members will need to explain why they offered Epiphany such a sweetheart deal on sewage customer's dime. I hope someone gets to the bottom of what happened.

What we need now is damage control. Replacing the board members is a responsible move. It seems negligent to sit back and watch the current board members squander more money. Even if all goes well and DEP approves all the permits, if something isn't done to intervene, it seems pretty clear CAMA will likely end up in court and the sewage customers will need to PONY UP for the legal costs.

Hopefully the CAMA board members will be replaced with those WILLING and also CAPABLE of making financially sound, ethical decisions that are in the public's best interest.

Anonymous said...

3:21:00 PM I know people willing to step in to fill CAMA positions. I think it's important to note that most residents didn't see the the CAMA board opening advertised anywhere.

If anyone else is interested, meeting attendance pays $70 per meeting and meeting are usually under 2 hours!

You can file an application at the Borough of Coudersport office and ask them to keep it on file, just in case there is an opening ;)

Anonymous said...

3:21 pm now that residents are aware of the calamity, there are probably people willing to step in and clean up the current board member's mess. Coudersport borough council are you listening?

Anonymous said...

1:03 Have you been to the head waters of the Allegheny??? little pond with lots of cows wading inn it lots o manure

Anonymous said...

"This plan is illogical, absurd and not even believable!"

4:59 is absolutely right. This is completely illogical.

It's as if there is something huge missing. I hope CAMA was not slimy enough to take anything under the table, through the undisclosed back door or a future employment promise agreement of sorts.