Mayor Scott's Statement on the Treatment and Discharge of East Palestine, OH Wastewater
Monday Mar 27th, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BALTIMORE, MD. (Monday, March 27, 2023) - Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott issued the following statement regarding East Palestine Wastewater.
"Last Friday, I publicly expressed grave concerns with Environmental and Industrial remediation contractor, Clean Harbors' request to dispose of pretreated wastewater from the Norfolk Southern Railroad derailment into the Baltimore City wastewater collection system.
After legal review, the City's Law Department has determined that the Department of Public Works has the authority to modify discharge permits in an effort to 'safeguard Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) from interference, pass-through, or contamination of treatment by-products.' As such, I have directed DPW to modify Clean Harbor's discharge permit to deny their request to discharge processed wastewater from the cleanup of the Norfolk Southern Railroad derailment into the City's wastewater system after processing at a Clean Harbors facility. Clean Harbors has facilities across the country that may be better positioned to dispose of the treated wastewater, and we urge them to explore those alternatives.
Make no mistake - I stand against any efforts that could comprise the health and safety of our residents, and the environment.
I extend my deepest sympathy to the East Palestine, Ohio community as they grapple with the effects of this devastating derailment on their community, but I must remain steadfast in my commitment to protect our residents - at all costs."