The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 2, 2012

Owner of 2 Valley mobile home parks agrees to $1.4M fine

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

MONTANDON — The owner of two Valley mobile home parks has agreed to pay nearly $1.4 million in fines stemming from allegations of wastewater and drinking water violations at the company’s 73 sites in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia.

However, there are no immediate health or safety threats for tenants at Bucknell View and D&H Court in Montandon, said state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Dan Spadoni.

“The main intent of the (agreement) was to correct the root causes of the violations,” Spadoni said.

GSP Management, owner of Bucknell View, which has 68 lots, and D&H Court, which has 22 lots, was cited by both the DEP and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 4,300 Clean Water Act violations and more than 900 Safe Drinking Water Act violations at the company’s 73 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, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The drinking water violations include exceeding federal drinking water standards for certain pollutants and failing to notify residents about drinking water problems.

At Bucknell View, both wastewater and drinking water violations were found; at D&H Court, only drinking water violations were discovered.

The penalty will be divided between DEP and EPA. The agreement is subject to a 30-day public comment period and court approval.

In addition to the fines, GSP Management must conduct environmental audits at all sites and hire an environmental consultant to develop an environmental management system, according to the DEP.

GSP must submit proposed consultants to the EPA within 10 days of the agreement’s approval and submit an environmental management system plan to the EPA within six months, according to the agreement. GSP must also submit the names of auditors to the EPA for approval.

GSP is working to correct the problems, according to spokesman Ken Kilpatrick.

“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,” he said.