Jan 14, 2016 9:51 AM

Portsmouth, EPA negotiating wastewater project extension

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth officials are negotiating with the federal Environmental Protection Agency after filing a request for an extension to complete what will be the biggest capital project in city history.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the city filed its request in December to extend the EPA's September 2020 deadline for the completion of its Pierce Island wastewater treatment facility upgrade.

The EPA has until Jan. 25 to respond to Portsmouth's request.

Attorneys representing the city have argued that changes made to the project altering its size, cost and nature are reasons to grant the extension. Construction challenges posed by working on Pierce Island were also cited.

Deputy City Attorney Suzanne Woodland declined to discuss details of the negotiations other than that they are ongoing.

EPA officials couldn't be reached for comment.

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