EPA reviews brine treatment at wastewater plant

During Monday's night's Ridgway Borough Council meeting environmental manager Paul McCurdy reported receiving a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] demanding information relative to brine treatment at the wastewater plant. According to McCurdy, EPA officials gave the the borough officials five days to respond and 15 days for a more detailed response."Essentially what I am trying to accomplish in their response is to meet their requirements for data, but contrast a difference between Marcellus gas well brine and the old conventional gas well brine so we could maintain that part of the business," McCurdy said. "I don't know how that will work. I tried to solicit DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] as an ally in this because EPA's actions are really trampling over their primacy and the NPDES [National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System] program, but I have been advised that when EPA takes this sort of action DEP does not fight them on it."Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.Next meetingRidgway Borough CouncilMonday, Nov. 217 p.m.Municipal Building