Hearing set on wastewater permit


The state Department of the Environment will conduct a public meeting and hearing tomorrow to discuss a request by Ridge Engineering of Hampstead for a permit to discharge treated wastewater into sewers leading to the Hampstead Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Dixon Room of the Carroll County Public Library's Westminster branch on Main Street. A public hearing on the request will follow the meeting.

Department of the Environment officials said the company has requested a permit for an intermittent discharge of 2,000 gallons per day of treated wastewater from metal-finishing operations.

The department said the proposed permit would limit the acidity the discharges and levels of certain effluents, including copper, nickel, zinc, lead, silver, cadmium, cyanide and toxic organic compounds, "to protect the sewage plant and the water quality of George's Run."

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