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Franklin Brine Plant Settles On EPA Pollution Violations

May 29, 2013

A company which runs several wastewater treatment plants, including one in the Franklin area, has reached agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency to settle what the EPA calls water pollution violations occurring between 2007 and 2011.

Fluid Recovery Services, formerly operating as Hart Resources Technology, which runs the Pennsylvania Brine Treatment Plant off Route 322 in Cranberry Township, will pay an $83,000 fine, and must upgrade its facility to meet today’s more stringent federal regulations.

In the settlement agreement, the company did not admit responsibility for the violations.

At one time, the plant had treated wastewater derived both from shallow oil and gas wells and from Marcellus shale wells.  A 2011 edict from Governor Tom Corbett put a stop to the treatment of Marcellus wastewater at such facilities.

Plant operators say they did stop the practice following the Corbett order.  They were, however, cited for violations that the EPA said occurred between February, 2007 and August, 2011.  The violations concerned heightened levels of bromide found in the Allegheny River downstream from the discharge site of the brine plant.

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