Mar 12, 2016 2:11 PM

Despite protests, Peirce Island vote will happen Monday

PORTSMOUTH - The final vote on the Peirce Island wastewater plant will happen Monday, March 14, at City Hall.

Residents last Monday spoke out against building the new plant at the city-owned island in Portsmouth, asking the city council to consider building a new plant at the Pease International Tradeport.

The Portsmouth Herald reports, Mayor Jack Blalock said Tuesday that Peirce Island is the only "viable" location for the upgrade.

Officials had announced that they reached a deal with the EPA to build a new plant and a plan to reduce nitrogen discharge that calls for achieving substantial completion by December 2019.

At that time, councilors delayed a vote on authorizing a $75 million bond toward the $84 million plan.

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