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Comments sought on sewage treatment plant

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comments and/or requests for a public hearing on a draft permit for a proposed municipal wastewater treatment plant to serve part of Saluda.

The comment period closes on October 14 at 4 p.m.

Middlesex County, the applicant, proposes to release treated wastewater from the facility at a rate of 39,900 gallons per day into an unnamed tributary to Urbanna Creek. Sludge from the treatment process will be disposed by pump-and-haul method by a licensed hauler.

Middlesex County has applied for re-issuance of a permit issued for a plant that was proposed for a small parcel next to the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.

The county has purchased about 30 acres to site the wastewater treatment plant that would be built on the north side of Route 33, a mile east of the Middlesex Courthouse and office complex that it would serve.

The treatment plant would be expandable, said Middlesex County Administrator Charles Culley.

DEQ accepts comments and requests for public hearing by e-mail, fax or postal mail. The contact for public comments, document requests and additional information is Jeremy Kazio, Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060; phone (804) 527-5044; e-mail ; and fax (804) 527-5106.

posted 10.01.2008

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