754 F.2d 504 (3rd Cir. 1985), 84-1346, Proffitt v. Commissioners, Bristol Tp.
|Citation:||754 F.2d 504|
|Party Name:||PROFFITT, Raymond, Appellant, v. COMMISSIONERS, TOWNSHIP OF BRISTOL: Bucks County, Lewis, Jr., Robert; Cotrigno, Chaser J.; Slipp, Michael J.; Geguldi, Anthony; Tatum, Mary Lou; Wurm, Albert M.; Rogers, Anna; Melio, Anthony J.; Pekarski, James; Mascia, L. Marie; License & Inspection: Boyle, J.P.O. Commissioners, Bristol Township Sewer Authority: La|
|Case Date:||February 11, 1985|
|Court:||United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit|
Argued Jan. 15, 1985.
Randall J. Brubaker (Argued), Philadelphia, Pa., for appellant.
Richard M. Snyder (Argued), Begley, Carlin & Mandio, Bristol, Pa., for Bristol Tp. Auth.
Clyde W. Waite, Sol., Bristol Tp., Stief, Waite, Gross, Sagoskin & Kellis, Bristol, Pa., for Com'rs, Lewis, Cotugno, Slipp, Gesualdi, Tantum, Wurm, Rogers, Melio, Pekarski and Mascial.
Before HUNTER, HIGGINBOTHAM, Circuit Judges, and DEBEVOISE, [*] District Judge.
JAMES HUNTER, III, Circuit Judge.
On October 17, 1983, Raymond Proffitt filed a pro se complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Bristol Township, Bristol Township Sewer Authority, and the Commissioners of the Township and the Authority. The complaint alleged that the defendants had caused violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ("RCRA"), 42 U.S.C. Sec. 6901 et seq. (1982), to occur at the Township's Sewage Treatment Plant in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. On February 7, 1984, Proffitt, with assistance of counsel, filed an amended complaint adding an allegation that violations of the Water Pollution Prevention and Control Act ("WPPCA"), 33 U.S.C. Sec. 1251 et seq. (1982), had occurred at the plant. On the same day, Proffitt sent written notice
of the alleged violations to the various defendants and to the federal Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") and the Pennsylvania Department of Environment Resources ("DER").
The district court dismissed Proffitt's suit for lack of subject matter jurisdiction on two alternative grounds: Proffitt's failure to notify EPA, DER, and the defendants sixty days before filing his...
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