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Sep 30, 2016 2:02 PM

Peirce Island Wastewater Plant reaches agreement with EPA, plans approved by judge

PORTSMOUTH — The plan to upgrade Portsmouth's wastewater plant on Peirce Island has been approved by a U.S. District Court judge after a deal was reached with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The deal, referred to as the consent decree second modification, enters into law the deadlines the city must reach toward completing the plant and the penalties it faces if it does not meet them, according to Seacoastonline. The plan was approved on Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro. This decision means that the construction schedule has been accepted by the court.

The upgraded plant will provide secondary treatment of the city’s sewage and nitrogen removal. Construction began earlier this week, Seacoast reports.

There have been many protests from residents claiming the improved plant is not sized correctly. The city has already spent $75,000 in response to these residents.

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