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Groups threaten suit over Act 41; Septic systems in Wayne/Pike watershed

The three groups, which are the Pine Creek Valley Watershed Association, the Raymond Proffitt Foundation, and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, issued a press release on August 23 which said, “If the EPA fails to act, the three organizations may bring legal action against the EPA for its failure to perform its legal obligations under the law.”

“The governor (Corbett) did not like a recent ruling from the EHB that required anti-degradation review of on-lot systems as a source of potential contamination to exceptional-value waters, and so rather than comply with the law, the governor decided he was above the law and could simply rewrite the rules. But he does not have that right, he is not the king, and it is the EPA’s obligation to ensure that the Clean Water Act is complied with and that all residents of Pennsylvania are protected from such callous disregard of our water protection laws,” said Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper.

A spokesperson for the EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.