Local man faces charges for discharging raw sewage into tributary of Hocking River

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LOGAN – A local man is facing multiple charges in Hocking County Common Pleas Court for allegedly discharging raw sewage from two waste water treatment plants into a tributary of the Hocking River where children are known to play.

According to paperwork filed by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office, a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction was ordered on Mark Anthony of state Route 664 South, aka Marlin Trace Investments, Ltd., Marlin Trace Investments II, Ltd., and Lake Logan RV Park, LLC to immediately stop discharging waste water from several businesses he owns.

Anthony owns Valleyview Estates Mobile Home Park on Starner Road in Rockbridge; Hillview Mobile Home Village on state Route 664 South; and Lake Logan Campground, also located on state Route 664 South.

He was ordered to post signs on the hill behind the Hillview Mobile Home Village waste water treatment plant and along the unnamed tributary to the Hocking River to warn the residents in the mobile home park of the discharge of untreated or inadequately treated waste water.

Anthony was further ordered to post an outfall marker at the end of the discharge pipe and the point the effluent enters the unnamed tributary; secure the Hillview Mobile Home Village waste water treatment plant by installing a fence around the plant and install new steel grates and other means necessary to prevent access; and hire a hauler to pump the waste water from the mobile home park waste water treatment plant every day.

The waste water treatment plants are currently in severe disrepair and not operational. According to the paperwork, the steel grates covering the plants have deteriorated to the point that a person could fall into a tank full of sewage. The treatment plants are not only a nuisance, but also create a risk of injury or death.

Anthony is endangering the health of the residents and guests at the mobile home parks and campground by operating public drinking water systems in violation of Ohio’s Safe Drinking Water Laws. In addition, he is creating risks to both human health and the environment by the operation of two waste water treatment plants that do not adequately treat the human waste generated at the mobile home parks.

There are 43 charges total including the following for each business:

Valleyview Estates Drinking Water – Failing to notify the Ohio EPA of a disruption in service; failing to take routine samples for coliform bacteria; failing to take follow-up samples for coliform bacteria; failing to monitor for free and combines chlorine residuals; failing to monitor for lead and copper; failing to respond to a sanitary survey letter; failing to submit monthly operating reports; failing to timely submit consumer confidence report; operating a public water system with an expired license to operate; and failing to employ a certified operator.

Valley View Estates Waste water – Failing to construct plant improvements; discharging sewage to waters of the state without a permit and/or in excess of permit; violating Ohio’s water quality standards; maintaining a public nuisance; failing to keep the waste water treatment facility in good working order; failing to submit discharge monitoring reports; and failing to employ a certified operator.

Hillview Village Drinking Water – Failing to take routine samples for coliform bacteria; failing to take follow-up samples for coliform bacteria; failing to monitor for lead and copper; failing to issue public notification; failing to monitor for inorganic contaminants; failing to monitor for total trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids five; failing to monitor for free and combined chlorine residuals; failing to maintain the minimum chlorine residual level; failure to submit a consumer confidence report; failure to submit monthly operating reports; failing to employ a certified operator.

Hillview Village Wastewater – Discharging in violation of effluent limitations; failing to submit discharge monitoring reports; failing to submit annual sludge reports; failing to install an outfall marker; failing to construct plant improvements; failing to keep Hillview wastewater treatment facility in good working order; discharging sewage to waters of the state in excess of permit; violating Ohio’s water quality standards; maintaining a public nuisance; and failing to employ a certified operator.

Lake Logan Campground Drinking Water – Failing to take routine samples for coliform bacteria; failing to take follow-up samples for coliform bacteria; failing to monitor for nitrate; failing to issue public notification; and operating a public water system with an expired license to operate.

Anthony is facing large fines and penalties as the state is seeking up to $25,000 per day in regards to the violation of revised code chapter 6109; and $10,000 per day for violations of revised code chapter 6111.

“We are working cooperatively with Ohio EPA to resolve the issues and get it taken care of as soon as possible,” Anthony told The Logan Daily News.

A hearing has been scheduled for 1 p.m., Aug. 16.