Pennsylvania DEP, EPA Fine Mobile Home Park Owner more than $1.3 Million for Multiple Violations in 17 Counties

Sep 28, 2012, 16:24 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it has signed a $1,339,000 joint consent decree with GSP Management Co., Frank T. Perano and related companies, due to drinking water and wastewater issues at 73 mobile home parks, 70 of which are in Pennsylvania.

The consent decree addresses specific violations at 32 of the Pennsylvania mobile home parks. At the agencies' direction, the company has agreed to take various corrective measures.

"This consent decree covers a pattern of serious, repeated violations GSP committed all across Pennsylvania," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. "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."

DEP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inspectors discovered violations at the mobile home parks during five consecutive years. The wastewater violations include illegal discharge of partially treated or untreated sewage into nearby streams and failure to properly operate and maintain wastewater treatment facilities. The drinking water violations include exceeding federal drinking water standards for certain pollutants and failing to notify residents about drinking water problems.

The consent decree also requires GSP to take these numerous actions to achieve compliance and ensure park residents have access to clean water:

  • Conduct environmental audits at all the mobile home parks, including those that do not have any permits from DEP, by an independent auditor;
  • Implement specific corrective actions at the Village at Pleasant Hills in Hamburg, Berks County, and Cedar Manor near Middletown, Dauphin County;
  • Hire an environmental consultant to develop an environmental management system that will help GSP achieve environmental compliance through control and monitoring of its operations; and
  • Conduct monthly evaluations at all 73 mobile home parks and report the results every four months to DEP and EPA.

The company's actions constitute violations of the Clean Streams Law and Safe Drinking Water Act. The penalty will be divided between DEP and EPA.

The consent decree is subject to Federal District Court approval and will be published at a later date in the Federal Register, which will begin a 30-day public comment period.

Media Contact: Lisa Kasianowitz, 717-315-8780 (mobile)

Source: Department of Environmental Protection, South-central Regional Office

Editor's Note: The Pennsylvania mobile home parks where the violations occurred are listed below by county and indicate which kind of violation was found. Parks marked with an asterisk had both wastewater and drinking water violations.

Berks County
Village at Pleasant Hills, Hamburg*

Blair County
Shamrock Court, Duncansville (wastewater)
Apple Blossom Lane, Duncansville (drinking water)
Lehigh Terrace Court, Duncansville (drinking water)

Bucks County
Melody Lakes Country Club Estates, Quakertown (wastewater)

Carbon County
Spring Hill, Whitehaven (drinking water)

Centre County
Black Hawk Village, Centre Hall (wastewater)

Chester County
Indian Run Village, Honey Brook*

Columbia County
Stony Brook Circle, Orangeville (drinking water)

Dauphin County
Alex Acres, Halifax*
Pine Manor Mobile Home Park, Middletown*
Shady Back Acres, Harrisburg*
Country Manor Farms, Harrisburg (drinking water)
Cedar Manor, Middletown*

Indiana County
Northview Estates, Indiana*

Lycoming County
Tiadaghton View, Montoursville (drinking water)
Twin Hills Village, Montoursville (drinking water)

Mifflin County
North Hills, Lewistown (drinking water)

Montgomery County
Green Hill Mobile Home Park, Green Lane*

Northumberland County
Bucknell View, Milton*
D & H Court, Milton (drinking water)

Perry County
Orchard Hills, Shermans Dale (drinking water)

Schuylkill County
The Pines at West Penn, New Ringgold*

Wayne County
Canal Mobile Park, White Mills (drinking water)
Pocono Mobile Manor, Gouldsboro (drinking water)
Sunrise Terrace, Honesdale (drinking water)

York County
Brookhaven Mobile Home Park, York (wastewater)
Mountain View Terrace, Dover*
Northwood Manor, York Haven*
Lincoln Crest, Dover (drinking water)
Newberry Estates, York Haven (drinking water)
Newberry Farms, Manchester (drinking water)

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection