PennFuture Sends Notice of Intent to Take Legal Action to Protect the Delaware River from Industrial Pollution from Stormwater Runoff

PennFuture is making a case against polluters not following the law.
July 5, 2018 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) – This week, PennFuture sent notice of its intent to take legal action against Morris Iron & Steel, a scrap metal recycler located on the banks of the Delaware River, for violations of the Clean Water Act and Pennsylvania’s Clean Streams Law.  
The company has 60 days to come into compliance with the law, or PennFuture will move forward in taking legal action. PennFuture is putting polluters on notice as companies must comply with the Clean Water Act and Pennsylvania’s Clean Streams Law or face legal action. 
“PennFuture is working to ensure industrial sites in Philadelphia are complying with laws designed to prevent or minimize contaminated stormwater runoff into area rivers and streams,” said Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO. “The Delaware River is a natural resource that all Philadelphia citizens should feel comfortable enjoying without the threat of encountering industrial pollutants after it rains. It is our intention to devote the resources needed to make Pennsylvania’s waters fishable and swimmable.” 
Both state and federal water pollution laws require owners of industrial sites to implement “best management practices” for controlling stormwater runoff.  Without these protections, pollutants such as PCBs, benzene, mercury, chromium, and lead can flow directly to the river unimpeded.  
“The first step is making sure Morris Iron & Steel obtains its necessary permits and puts in place controls to prevent pollution of area waters,” said Alice R. Baker, PennFuture Staff Attorney.  
PennFuture is being represented by the Vermont Law School’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (“ENRLC”).   
“We’re pleased to be a part of this important effort to clean up Philadelphia’s rivers at a time when we’re seeing enforcement take a back seat,” said Ken Rumelt, a Senior Attorney at the ENRLC.
PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations. For more information, visit www.pennfuture.org.
Stephanie Rex
Director of Communications