EPA Cracks Down On Dirty Trailer Park Operations

Trailer parks across the state of Pennsylvania have run afoul of the law, literally. According to the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), a chain of trailer parks across the state has exhibited a pattern of serious, repeated violations of federal environmental regulations when it comes to drinking water and wastewater, and is now on the line for a cool $1,339,000.

The DEP, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has brokered a joint consent decree for this amount with GSP Management Co., Frank T. Perano and related companies, due to issues of this nature at 73 mobile home parks, 70 of which are in Pennsylvania. The legal action is meant to send a shot across the bow, so to speak, to other such parks in the state that may be running a less than clean operation.

 

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DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said, in a statement, “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.”

The wastewater violations discovered by DEP inspectors at GSP trailer parks across Pennsylvania 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. Negatively impacting the health of both trailer park residents and local ecosystems, these actions on the part of GSP were shown to violate both the Clean Streams Law and Safe Drinking Water Act.

The consent decree resolution will require not only cash from GSP and its affiliates, but specific corrective actions and ongoing environmental inspections at all 73 of its trailer parks, the results of which must be reported to DEP and EPA. The trailer park chain will also be required to hire an environmental consultant to develop an environmental management system that will help GSP achieve environmental compliance through control and monitoring of its operations.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • Chelsea

      Stoney brook circle owned by gsp has been having ” drought” problems… Which I think is a cover up for in drinkable water. For the past year the water has been a disgusting brown orange color . this past summer they had pH problems. My family had to move out because of the water situation as well as problems with the trailer itself that are health and safety hazzards which gsp should have looked over b4 it was sold to us. They are very unreasonable and are just out there to get money, they don’t care about health or safety of the parks they manage. The property managers they have are also hard to get a hold of even for emergent situations. Very disgusted with GSP, the trailer we still own was a bad investment and the worst trailer park in the area. The roads are bad , the trailers are falling apart, the water is bad n from reading reviews its all the parks, the management has bad availability mine is only there 3 hours on a Friday. Its unreasonable.