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Middlesex wants to end dumping of effluent into Urbanna Creek

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors voted on July 2 to encourage the Hampton Roads Sanitation Department (HRSD) to stop discharging sub-standard treated sewage into Urbanna Creek—and to move forward, “as soon as possible,” with plans to build a treatment system that will carry Middlesex waste to a treatment facility on the York River.

Saluda District supervisor Pete Mansfield said he protests the continued acceptance of a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) decision that allows HRSD to discharge effluent from the Urbanna Sewage Treatment Plant at “six times more the nutrients than are allowed by DEQ standards.”

To offset the high amounts of nutrients going into the creek, DEQ has allowed HRSD to purchase nutrient credits. These funds are used by the state in the overall cleanup of Virginia’s portion of Chesapeake Bay.

“I don’t understand HRSD’s reluctance to close this plant and that second smaller plant in Saluda (at the Middle Peninsula Regional Jail) that also dumps into Urbanna Creek,” said Mansfield.

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posted 07.11.2019

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