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Area Towns Uniting to Fight Phosphorus Removal Requirements

Southington is among four towns mandated to fight phosphorus requirements.

Southington has joined forces with leadership in Meriden, Cheshire and Wallingford in an effort to reduce the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's phosphorus requirements.

Southington officials met with leadership from the three other communities late last week to talk with DEEP Commission Daniel Esty in an effort to reduce those requirements.

"It's an expensive requirement and one that is not fair to place on towns in this economy," Brumback said during an interview earlier this year.

Brumback has said that moving the requirement from 0.2 parts per million to 0.7 parts per million would limit costs significantly and push the cost to the town from $20 million or more to just $50,000.

The presentation last week did little to curb concerns, Cheshire Town Manager Michael Malone told the Record-Journal in an interview late last week:

“I don’t think they’re at all convinced,” he said Thursday. “The state is pretty firm on their phosphorus regulations.”

DEEP officials have maintained that the do not set the requirements, which were instead established by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. DEEP staff said the EPA wanted levels at 0.1 parts per million, but that has already been granted leniency.

For more information, to see an in-depth story that looks at the specific requirements and how the town will move forward to combat them.

J Smith March 06, 2012 at 11:31 AM
It's a bad idea to focus on relaxing these standards rather than focusing on accomplishing the state mandates. The Q River, as with many others, has shown marked improvement through clean water mandates. Relaxing standards now would be counter productive (but would fit in nicely with the national Republican effort to eliminate the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts) and turn our river back into a cesspool for local cronies who want to use it as the dump it once was.
Eric Flaig March 06, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Cleaning up the effluent wiil create jobs to do the clean up and jobs downstream where recreation and fisheries depend on clean water. To save money, the utilities will promote nutrient conservation just like conservation programs for electricity.
Bruce Vagts, Sr. March 06, 2012 at 06:29 PM
the real problem I have this clean-up effort is the fact this ends up in the Sound . Then almost all shore communities do not have sewer treatment facilities and all overflows (heavy rain) from these old septic systems dump into tjhe sound. Clean water arrives at the sound and then pollution takes place.....clean the shore first !!!

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