City of Monessen, PA
Westmoreland County
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[Derived from Ch. XXI, Part 2, of the 1964 Code of Ordinances]

§ 317-1 Use of certain floor cleaning substances prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to clean any floor containing a sewer outlet which connects to the sewer system of the City of Monessen with any type of inflammable or explosive substance.

§ 317-2 Discharge of certain substances into sewer system prohibited.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to discharge into the sewer system of the City of Monessen any inflammable or explosive substance.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to discharge into the sewer system of the City of Monessen any yard waste, including but not limited to, grass cuttings, leaf waste, cut weeds, trimmings and clippings, whether into the sanitary or stormwater sewer systems.
[Added 7-21-2004 by Ord. No. 7-2004]
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to discharge into the sewer system of the City of Monessen any and all industrial wastes which are deemed harmful to the system or are specifically prohibited by this chapter.
[Added 4-19-2006 by Ord. No. 5-2006[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection C, pertaining to fines, was relettered Subsection I by this ordinance.
D. 
Industrial waste shall be considered harmful to the public sanitary sewage system if it may cause any of the following damaging effects:
[Added 4-19-2006 by Ord. No. 5-2006]
(1) 
Chemical reaction either directly or indirectly with the materials of construction of the public sanitary sewage system in such a manner as to impair the strength or durability of any sewerage structures;
(2) 
Mechanical action that will destroy any sewerage structures;
(3) 
Restriction of the hydraulic capacity of any sewerage structures;
(4) 
Restriction of the normal inspection or maintenance of any sewerage structures;
(5) 
Danger to public health and safety;
(6) 
Obnoxious conditions inimical to the public interest.
E. 
The discharge of excessive amounts of unpolluted water or waste to a sanitary sewer is expressly prohibited. However, such discharge to combined sewers will be permitted wherever such sewers are of adequate capacity. The City hereby authorizes the Mon Valley Sewage Authority to define the amount it deems excessive in each particular instance.
[Added 4-19-2006 by Ord. No. 5-2006]
F. 
The discharge of garbage into the public sanitary sewage system is expressly prohibited unless the garbage is first properly shredded.
[Added 4-19-2006 by Ord. No. 5-2006]
G. 
No sanitary sewage or industrial waste from any property other than that for which a permit has been issued by the Mon Valley Sewage Authority shall be discharged into the public sanitary sewage system.
[Added 4-19-2006 by Ord. No. 5-2006]
H. 
No person shall discharge to the public sanitary sewage system any sanitary sewage or industrial wastes that have any of the following characteristics:
[Added 4-19-2006 by Ord. No. 5-2006]
(1) 
Wastes containing liquids, solids or gases which, by reason of their nature or quality, may cause fire, explosions, or be injurious in any other way to persons, the structures of the public sanitary sewage system or its operation;
(2) 
Wastes having a temperature in excess of 120° F. or less than 32° F.;
(3) 
Wastes having a pH lower than 6.5 or higher than 9.0, or having any corrosive properties capable of causing damage or hazards to structures, equipment or personnel of the public sanitary sewage system. Where the City deems it advisable, it may require that any person discharging industrial wastes must install and maintain, at his own expense, in a manner approved by the City or its designated representative, a suitable device to measure and record continuously the pH of the wastes so discharged;
(4) 
Wastes containing any noxious or malodorous gas or substance which, either alone or by interaction with sewage or other wastes, is in the opinion of the City likely to create a public nuisance or hazard to life or prevent entry to sewerage structures for their maintenance and repair,
(5) 
Wastes containing ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, hair, chemical or paint residues, greases, lime, slurry or viscous materials of such character or in such quantity which, in the opinion of the City, may cause an obstruction to the flow in the sewers, or otherwise interfere with the proper operations of the public sanitary sewage system. Attention is called to the fact that the maximum permissible concentration will vary throughout the public sanitary sewage system depending upon the size of the particular interceptor sewer receiving the same and the flows therein;
(6) 
Wastes containing insoluble, nonflocculent substances having a specific gravity in excess of 2.65;
(7) 
Wastes containing soluble substances in such concentration as to cause the specific gravity of the waste to be greater than 1.1;
(8) 
Wastes containing any of the following substances, in solution or in suspension, in concentrations exceeding those shown in the following table:
Substance
Maximum Permissible Concentration
(ppm)
Phenolic compounds as C5H6OH
1.0
Cyanides as CN
0
Cyanates as CNO
0
Iron as Fe
7
Trivalent Chromium as Cr plus
Hexavalent Chromium as Cr
0.075
Nickel as Ni
1
Copper as Cu
0.03
Lead as Pb
0.075
Zinc as Zn
0.15
(9) 
Wastes containing more than 100 ppm by weight of fat, oil or grease;
(10) 
Wastes containing more than 10 ppm of any of the following gases: Hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide, or any of the halogens;
(11) 
Wastes containing gases or vapors, either free or occluded, in concentrations toxic or dangerous to humans or animals;
(12) 
Wastes containing toxic substances in quantities sufficient to interfere with the biochemical processes of the sewage treatment works or that will pass through the treatment process and still exceed the state or federal requirements for the receiving stream;
(13) 
Wastes containing toxic radioactive isotopes without the issuance of a special permit.
I. 
Upon conviction of an unlawful act or omission under this chapter, the offending person, firm or corporation shall be guilty of a summary offense, and shall be sentenced to pay a fine not less than $200 and not in excess of $1,000, or to undergo imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both, together with costs of prosecution and restitution, if any, for damage caused to the sewage system and expense incurred for repair, cleaning and testing as a result of the unlawful act or omission. After due notice has been served, each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
[Added 7-21-2004 by Ord. No. 7-2004; amended 4-19-2006 by Ord. No. 5-2006]

§ 317-3 Violation constitutes nuisance; inspection of premises; discontinuance of prohibited acts.

The Council of the City of Monessen in its capacity as the Board of Health of said City does herein declare the unlawful acts referred to in §§ 317-1 and 317-2 to be detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the residence of the City and does declare such acts to be a public nuisance. The Council, acting as the Board of Health, does authorize and direct the City Health Inspector to make or cause to be made an inspection of all business establishments which use or have cause to use inflammable or explosive substances in the operation of their business, and furthermore said Inspector is directed to use all lawful means to stop such illegal and dangerous practices.

§ 317-4 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 12-18-2002 by Ord. No. 8-2002]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding before any District Justice having jurisdiction of such offense, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 or to undergo imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both. Each act which constitutes a violation of this article shall be deemed to be a separate offense for the purpose of this article.