Sewage Overflow Plan Awaits Approval

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
23 January 2014
By Melissa Daniels

The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority has not yet heard from the Environmental Protection Agency about approval of its wet-weather plan to prevent sewage overflows into the county's rivers and streams.

The EPA has until Jan. 30 to respond to Alcosan. The sewer authority submitted its $2 billion plan a year ago.

Alcosan expects to spend $3.6 billion over 20 years to fully comply with EPA requirements.

Nancy Barylak, Alcosan's spokeswoman, said the authority responded to requests from the EPA for more information throughout the year. The EPA last requested additional technical data from Alcosan in December, Barylak said.

Alcosan expects to hear from the EPA by the deadline or in early February, Barylak said. Any delay by the EPA will push back the 2026 deadline for Alcosan to complete the work.