Sewer Authority Traces Contamination

Earlier this week, a worker at the Mount Pocono Municipal Authority noticed an unusual rainbow sheen on the effluent at the plant. Closer investigation revealed that some sort of petroleum product had spilled into our sewers. The MPMA notified the appropriate authorities and began an investigation into the source. In a less than a couple of days they were able to trace the source to a narrow area. The Clean Waters Act prohibits the discharge of oil or hazardous substances to waters of the U.S. or their adjoining shorelines in quantities that may be harmful to the public health or welfare or the environment. The only items that you should put in your drains or down your toilet are human waste and toilet paper — “flushable” wipes are not flushable and harm the system, oils, petroleum products, old medications, paints, etc., are not only harmful to the system and our water, but illegal. The MPMA sent this letter to the homeowners in the vicinity of the spill.

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URGENT – Request from our Sewer Authority

ATTN MOUNT POCONO SEWER USERS: Someone is dumping or spilling a significant amount of a petroleum product (motor oil, diesel, kerosene, etc) into the MPMA sewer system. If you have any information please contact the Treatment Plant at 570-839-7993. Our primary concern is finding and stopping the source since this can wreak havoc with our system.

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We’re Looking for a Few Good People!

Mount Pocono has a number of openings on our Authorities, Boards, Commissions, & Committees [the “Borough ABCs”]. Appointment is made by the Borough Council. Residents of the Borough 18 or older are eligible for all positions. In addition, taxpayers, owners of real estate, and owners of businesses located in the Borough, are eligible to serve on the Municipal Authority. Eligible citizens wishing to be considered may fill out and submit this simple form on our webpage: Citizen Application for Appointment Please apply today as the Council will start filling positions in January.

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Statement of MPMA Chairman on Reorganization of the Authority Board

Statement by Mount Pocono Municipal Authority Chairman, Matt Hensel, regarding Authority member Michael Oser, at the meeting of the Authority Board on October 11, 2018: To the Mount Pocono Municipal Authority Board, it’s Staff, and it’s Advisers, I am sure many of you are aware of and possibly upset by Mr. Oser’s actions at the end of the October Council meeting almost two weeks ago. His criticism of Council President Williams was seen by many as a personal attack meant at damaging her credibility on Council and as a Candidate for State Representative to the 176th district. I was caught up in the emotion of the moment and urged Council Persons Ford and Montanez to remove him from this board. It was a failed motion since Mr. Oser can only be removed by the Court of Common Pleas. Once the dust settled, I took some time to review the events of that evening and how it should affect this board. The Mount Pocono Municipal Authority is charged with the responsibility of running our sewer treatment facility. As I have said before, we have two responsibilities: protect the watershed and keep our rates low. Neither of these responsibilities are of a . . . .

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