METCALF, IL. (ECWd) -
On June 2, 2016, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency issued a Warning Notice to the Village of Metcalf and its Water/Waste Water System.
The Warning Letter complains of non-compliance with IEPA rules for not submitting Metcalf's "Discharge Monitoring Reports" for the periods of:
- June 15, 2014 thru January 15, 2015
- May 15, 2015 to present
These reports must be submitted on a regular basis and apparently the Water Operator has failed to ensure these reports make it to the IL-EPA for most of the past two years.
According to the warning letter, the Village has 30 days to respond to the letter with an explanation of why they are non-compliant and how they are going to come into compliance.
I asked Cheryl Gill, the Mayor of Metcalf, whose responsibility it was to ensure compliance, she replied that it was the Licensed Water Works Operator, Lorin Kinney, and Waterworks Chairman and Village Trustee Mike Alligood, who are the responsible parties.
Gill also stated that the annual Waterworks Consumer Confidence (CCR) Report should have been available to all residents by June 1st, and it is still not available.
UPDATE: Kinney informed me that he has only been the Water Works Operator since January of 2016 and that he has been working on submitting these reports since then and has recently submitted all the required reports. He acknowledged they were late, but they have been done. He also stated the CCR deadline was July 1, not June 1.
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