November 28, 2012
Mobile home park owner charged with illegally dumping sewage in Berks County
HARRISBURG - A Berks County man, who owns three mobile home parks in Berks, Dauphin and York counties was charged today by the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Section after allegedly illegally discharging untreated sewage into a tributary of the Schuylkill River and allegedly falsifying permit applications.
Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Frank Perano, 55, 2846 Main St., Apt. 12A, Morgantown, Berks County. Perano owns 77 mobile home parks in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia, including;
According to the criminal complaint, the investigation revealed that untreated and/or improperly treated sewage was discharged from the Berks County mobile home park's sewage treatment plant into a tributary of the Schuylkill River.
Additionally, Kelly said that Perano allegedly submitted national Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit renewal applications for the Berks, Dauphin and York county mobile home parks to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which contained falsified information regarding the operation of the sewage treatment plants.
Perano is charged with three counts of unlawful conduct under the Clean Streams Act and three counts of tampering with public records.
Kelly thanked DEP for their assistance with the investigation. The case will be prosecuted in Berks County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Brian Coffey of the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Section.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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