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Aug 6, 2015 12:18 PM

EPA adds limits on phosphorus in Merrimack River

The Associated Press

NASHUA — The Environmental Protection Agency is adding limits on phosphorus to its requirements for certification of sewage-treatment plants as Nashua works to obtain a new permit for its facility.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports the EPA began adding the requirements out of concern that too much of the nutrient can lead to algae blooms.

The limits are meant to reduce the amount of phosphorus sent into the Merrimack River.

Nashua has appealed the EPA's decision about how much of the nutrient can discharge from its plant. A judge on July 16 delayed appeal proceedings as the two sides discuss several issues.

Sherry Young, an attorney representing the city, says it's tough to keep phosphorus out of waterways.

It's unclear how much the requirements could cost the city.


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