Mar 9, 2016 10:44 AM

UPDATE: Portsmouth's Peirce Island only 'viable' site for wastewater plant upgrade

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) - Portsmouth officials say the city can't change the location of a planned upgrade to the existing Peirce Island wastewater plant and still meet a deadline with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Residents on 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 announced last week 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.

Councilors delayed a vote on authorizing a $75 million bond toward the $84 million plan.

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