EBENSBURG, Pa. – The Cambria County Recreation and Conservation Authority has begun exploring options to help fund the removal of an underground diesel fuel tank located on property acquired for the Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail.
During Friday’s monthly meeting, council was advised that a permit for the underground reservoir in an acquired area along the trail near Johnstown was to be transferred to the authority’s name and renewed.
“From what we understand, (the State Department of Environmental Protection) was going through the records and doing some updates to the records and this particular tank popped up,” the president of the EPA said. authority, Thomas Kakabar.
“The permit had expired or whatever, and they were doing their file search and saw that we owned the property.
“We therefore need to transfer it to our name so that we can take appropriate corrective action to remove it.”
The Authority’s executive director, Cliff Kitner, said he was working with the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority on potential funding sources. He said the redevelopment authority has an approaching deadline for grant applications.
According to Kitner, the first offer he received for the project was $15,000.
“We’re going to throw it into this grant application deadline and try to get this tank taken out this year,” Kitner said.
“The DEP just wanted a timeline.”
Katie Smolen is a reporter for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @KSmolen1230.