EPA OKs license to mobile home park with history of water violations

A Miami Twp. mobile home park — where a faulty water system has led to EPA violations, a pending state lawsuit and an order barring the owner from involvement with the site — has been issued a “conditioned license” for that utility.

Pineview Estates has been given that designation for the third straight year and must meet nine Ohio Environmental Protection Agency requirements, state documents show.

Those include fulfilling the nearly two-year-old findings and orders that it said Pineview owner Timothy Dearwester failed to meet, leading to an Ohio Attorney General’s Office lawsuit and a judge in June 2016 banning him from involvement in the 200-unit Farmersville-West Carrollton Road park. The water system at the mobile home park has a history of break downs and service disruptions.

At that time, Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman named the Cincinnati area firm Lahni Consulting LCC receiver of the mobile home park.

It is standard practice for the state EPA to issue a conditioned license to operate when there is “active enforcement at a public water system,” Pierce stated in an email.

“Since the receiver took over Pineview, there has been steady progress on the repairs at the system,” she added. “Pineview is still an active enforcement case because there are still outstanding requirements of the court’s order - necessary repairs” to the water system.

Pineview is now the focus of foreclosure filing, with one creditor contending it is owed at least $91,000, court records show.

The license, which will be valid through January 2018, has been “issued with conditions due

to past violations of drinking water regulations…and remaining deficiencies” of Pineview’s public water system, according to a letter dated March 28 from Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler.

“If the requirements of the conditioned (license) are fulfilled, the (Pineview system) may be eligible for a green, unconditioned license in the next renewal period.”

The most significant conditions will be meeting a series of 26 findings and nine orders the OEPA issued April 22, 2015. They included several violations involving the park’s water system and long-term, system-wide upgrades, including repairs to the site’s east and west wells.

Many others are standard issues – such as complying with the Ohio Revised Code guidelines – that would be applicable to most any other public water system in the state, said Dina Pierce, agency spokeswoman.

Work is on track to be completed this month and Ohio EPA will conduct an inspection once it is, Pierce said.

“Ohio EPA has not received any complaints from Pineview residents in recent months,” she said. “Once work is complete and the water system is in compliance, Ohio EPA will continue to monitor compliance before considering whether or not to issue an unconditioned license next year.”

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