News Briefs: New Phosphorus Regs in Wisconsin Could Force Upgrades for WWTPs

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, a Delaware lawsuit claims wastewater violations from a chicken farm caused miscarriages and a death; and an alligator swimming in a Pennsylvania WWTP is captured

Around a dozen wastewater treatment facilities in Wisconsin could be compelled to spend more than $16 million to comply with new phosphorus regulations approved by the Department of Natural Resources Board.

Officials from the state say phosphorus regulations could be eased up for Petenwell and Castle Rock lakes, but Lake Wisconsin would have limits decreased from 100 micrograms per liter to 47.

According to DNR officials, Petenwell and Castle Rock lakes can handle more phosphorus without causing algae blooms, but the department wants to decrease limits on Lake Wisconsin to preserve recreational activities on the lake.

A lawsuit filed in Delaware Superior Court alleges that wastewater violations at a processing plant in Millsboro by Mountaire Farms caused several miscarriages, a man’s death and other injuries to more than 80 people.

The Wilmington-based firm Jacobs & Crumplar claims the injuries were caused by nitrate contamination in local groundwater.

“A number of families have had miscarriages, which we think are directly related, several leg amputations, and actually in one case an individual who finally at age 24 having suffered asthma for a number of years died at that young age,” says attorney Tom Crumplar. “We were very careful in terms of screening our clients to make certain that the health problems could be causally related to the high nitrate levels.”

An alligator that drew crowds at a wastewater treatment plant in Mineral Springs, Pennsylvania, has been caught, according to WJAC News.

The creature was first spotted by PennDot workers, and at one point more than 20 people were lined up to watch the gator swimming.

Spotted well outside the range of a wild alligator, officials suspect it was someone’s pet. Those on scene estimated its size to be around 3 feet long at most.

Test results from May show per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in a Dayton, Ohio, water plant for the third straight month.

The system serves about 400,000 people, and PFAS were found at 12.5 ppt in March, 7 ppt in April and 10.5 ppt in May, according to the Dayton Water Department.

“They seem to be in the same range. They seem to be pretty stable,” Dayton’s Department of Water director told Dayton Daily News.

The director added that PFAS have likely been in the treated water all along but were just detected due to a new testing process. He maintains that the water is safe to drink.


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