Clinton Wastewater Treatment Plant NPDES Permit Comment Period Extended
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has officially notified the MWRA that the comment period for the Clinton Wastewater Treatment Plant NPDES permit has been extended to November 27th from October 17th.
With the uncertainty of the extension due to the government shutdown, both the Authority and the Advisory Board submitted written comments to meet the October 17 deadline. The Advisory Board will take the opportunity to revisit and tweak its comments and, if needed, resubmit.
In the written comments, the Advisory Board raised concerns with the inclusion of the Town of Clinton and the Lancaster Sewer District as co-permittees, as well as numerous revisions to the operation and maintenance of local sewer systems.
The Advisory Board believes that EPA's game plan to use the MWRA permit to gain access to communities will ultimately lead to EPA pushing the MWRA into the active management of local systems, which the Authority has neither the legal responsibility nor the financial resources to accomplish.
To view the Advisory Board's comment letter, click here.