Sep 20, 2016 8:28 AM

Portsmouth residents plan to sue over plant upgrade month before construction starts

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — A group of Portsmouth residents plan to file a citizen's lawsuit under the Clean Water Act regarding the upgrade of the Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Former City Councilor Esther Kennedy tells The Portsmouth Herald the residents are filing the lawsuit because they believe the improved plant is not sized correctly.

The group is seeking injunctive relief in filing the lawsuit, although federal court Judge Paul Barbadoro said during a hearing last week that there would need to be a "darn good reason why" he should halt construction on the plant.

Work on the facility is scheduled to begin this month. The upgrade is the most expensive capital project in Portsmouth's history.

Deputy City Attorney Suzanne Woodland called the suit a "disappointing waste of additional staff and financial resources."

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