Six mobile home parks in York County are among numerous statewide where drinking water and wastewater violations yielded a $1.3 million fine.
The state's Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed an agreement with park owner Frank T. Perano, who operates under GSP Management Co., to correct issues at 73 mobile home parks, 70 of which are in Pennsylvania.
The agreement addresses violations at 32 of the Pennsylvania mobile home parks, including Brookhaven Mobile Home Park in York, Mountain View Terrace in Dover Township, Northwood Manor in York Haven, Lincoln Crest in Dover, Newberry Estates in York Haven, and Newberry Farms in Manchester Township.
DEP and EPA inspectors discovered the violations during five consecutive years of inspections, from 2007-2012, said DEP spokeswoman Lisa Kasianowitz.
Wastewater violations included "illegal discharge of partially treated or untreated sewage into nearby streams and failure to properly operate and maintain wastewater treatment facilities," while drinking water violations included "exceeding federal drinking water standards for certain pollutants and failing to notify residents about drinking water problems," according to the DEP.
There were drinking water violations at all of the parks except Brookhaven, and wastewater violations at Brookhaven, Mountain View Terrace, and Northwood Manor, the agency said..
Kasianowitz said there is always "some threat" to public safety when there are violations of this nature, but the DEP "mitigated those harms and threats as much as possible" to ensure residents were safe.
"I can assure you when these violations happen, we continue to address the violations to protect health and human safety," she said.
Under the agreement, GSP must conduct monthly evaluations at all 73 mobile home parks and report the results to DEP and EPA every four months, she said.
According to a DEP list, Perano also owns Windsor Acres in Windsor Township, Mill Creek Estates in York Township, and Lawsons Court in York Township. DEP listed no violations at those properties.
The DEP and EPA will divide the penalty for the violations of the Clean Streams Law and Safe Drinking Water Act, according to the DEP.
The agreement requires GSP to:
* implement specific corrective actions at two mobile home parks outside of York,
* hire an environmental consultant to develop an environmental management system "that will help GSP achieve environmental compliance through control and monitoring of its operations."
* conduct environmental audits (by an independent auditor) at all mobile home parks, and
* conduct the monthly evaluations at all 73 mobile home parks.
DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said in a press release the company has agreed to take corrective measures to address the "pattern of serious, repeated violations..."
"This should be a message to all-DEP is going to come down hard on those who show this type of disregard for our environmental protection laws."
GSP spokesman Kenneth Kilpatrick issued a statement saying the company "cooperated fully with the investigation and is committed to undertake the corrective measures necessary to ensure ongoing compliance at all of its properties."
Kilpatrick said the company is "not aware of any health problems as a result of any of the violations," and that many of the violations were self-reported to the environmental agencies.
He said the company is installing new systems to help identify trends before they become violations.
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