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8 - CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, July 20 - July 22, 2004 EPA Continued from page 1 The statement went on to say that the EPA is aware of BPW's attempt to upgrade the facility from 750,000 galloms a day to 1.5 million gallons a day. "At this time, the board is uncertain as to whether EPA will commence judicial action against the city, and, if so, as to the scope and amount of the penalties, if any, that may be imposed by EPA," read Stabley. 'Although the statutes provide a range of poten- tial penalties, which' could be sub- stantial, the city believes, based on current discussions and negoti- ations, that EPA will not impose the maximum statmory penalty. Furthermore, the EPA has not f'rled any judicial[/proceedings against the board|or the city. Discussions continu and it is pos- sible that no judicia action would be filed." t Lewes Mayor Jim Ford said the city backs BPW an due to ongo- ing negotiations, he has instructed all council members ito not scuss the matter. : , BPW hasaperated the sewage Andrew Keegsn photo Lewes' wastewater treatment facility has been under inves- tigation by the Environmental Protection Agency for several years. plant in-house until January 2002, when Severn Trent was hired. According to EPA spokeswoman -Bonnie Smith, the federal agency served BPW its first administra- tive order m-January 2003, and issued an amended Order in June is inaccurate. "Some people think facility has incurred at 1$ 43 an administrative order is not , excursions. There are nUmerous enforcement, but it is," said--r : v tomuc n2a, penalties, ,, ..... - .>.. Smith. The mvesugatlou LS eom: 3-:mRh.-oe:i le, when an effluent violation, which consists of too many suspended solids being released, occurs on a certain day, the Clean Water Act allows for a fine of up to $27,000. Besides effluent violations, BPW's plant is being cited for of th;ye That ssertion con- flictse stment b Stabley that EPA;has(nly red ently issued administrit've orders against BPW within the .past several months, :: i Smith also stated the board's claim of an ongoing investigation plete." Illegal discharge violations have occurred prior, and follow- ing, Severn Trent being hired to operate the facility, said Smith. "There are a rang of perimeters in the permit that allow for legal discharge," said Smith. "People structural problems, which means hear the world discharge andaUto- aSne can be ievied every day the matically think it's illegal - that's problem exist; which in this case not the case. It doesn t mean that. is more than twoyears. Smith said operators aren't doing s goodjola,- decision h made on if, Often, they are doing the best they . or how much, Lewes would be can with an outdated plant." fined. "The ultimate goal is com- During the past two years, the pliance," she noted. COMEDY CLUI00 "Big Daddy Graham" JUly 26th Lewes works on solution to sewer moratorium By Andrew Keegan A 120-day moratorium on new construction requiring sewer con- nection contiRues as Lewes and its Board of Public Works (BPW) attempt to iron out how to allow the development process to con- tinue until the city's sewage plant is-upgraded. The shortage of available connections stems from ,"e city's outdated wastewater tment facility, which is sched- uled for an upgrade. However, at the very earliest, the project will not be completed for another two years. The plant is built to handle 750,000 gallons a day and follow- ing the upgrade, will be able to process 1.5 million gallons a day. City and BPW Engineer Charlie O'Donnell presented an updated count on the number of undevel- oped parcels that have been allo- cated sewer service, even though it may not have been requested, at a July 15 meeting. "We did a physical survey through town and found 194 buildable lots," said O'Donnell, who had previously Continued on page 12 Your Home in Original painting of your home in watercot- Watercolor! or gives you a lasting family picture of your most valuable possession. Done in impressionistic style, the coloorul painting can hang in any room of your home. Lewes artist, has exhibited 302-645-6577 MUST SEE. isch) I "Tl'r ........... 7- r TIII- 1 "'llllllltll llrllll: mlrr'[r, "  " t- 8 - CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, July 20 - July 22, 2004 EPA Continued from page 1 The statement went on to say that the EPA is aware of BPW's attempt to upgrade the facility from 750,000 galloms a day to 1.5 million gallons a day. "At this time, the board is uncertain as to whether EPA will commence judicial action against the city, and, if so, as to the scope and amount of the penalties, if any, that may be imposed by EPA," read Stabley. 'Although the statutes provide a range of poten- tial penalties, which' could be sub- stantial, the city believes, based on current discussions and negoti- ations, that EPA will not impose the maximum statmory penalty. Furthermore, the EPA has not f'rled any judicial[/proceedings against the board|or the city. Discussions continu and it is pos- sible that no judicia action would be filed." t Lewes Mayor Jim Ford said the city backs BPW an due to ongo- ing negotiations, he has instructed all council members ito not scuss the matter. : , BPW hasaperated the sewage Andrew Keegsn photo Lewes' wastewater treatment facility has been under inves- tigation by the Environmental Protection Agency for several years. plant in-house until January 2002, when Severn Trent was hired. According to EPA spokeswoman -Bonnie Smith, the federal agency served BPW its first administra- tive order m-January 2003, and issued an amended Order in June is inaccurate. "Some people think facility has incurred at 1$ 43 an administrative order is not , excursions. There are nUmerous enforcement, but it is," said--r : v tomuc n2a, penalties, ,, ..... - .>.. Smith. The mvesugatlou LS eom: 3-:mRh.-oe:i le, when an effluent violation, which consists of too many suspended solids being released, occurs on a certain day, the Clean Water Act allows for a fine of up to $27,000. Besides effluent violations, BPW's plant is being cited for of th;ye That ssertion con- flictse stment b Stabley that EPA;has(nly red ently issued administrit've orders against BPW within the .past several months, :: i Smith also stated the board's claim of an ongoing investigation plete." Illegal discharge violations have occurred prior, and follow- ing, Severn Trent being hired to operate the facility, said Smith. "There are a rang of perimeters in the permit that allow for legal discharge," said Smith. "People structural problems, which means hear the world discharge andaUto- aSne can be ievied every day the matically think it's illegal - that's problem exist; which in this case not the case. It doesn t mean that. is more than twoyears. Smith said operators aren't doing s goodjola,- decision h made on if, Often, they are doing the best they . or how much, Lewes would be can with an outdated plant." fined. "The ultimate goal is com- During the past two years, the pliance," she noted. COMEDY CLUI00 "Big Daddy Graham" JUly 26th Lewes works on solution to sewer moratorium By Andrew Keegan A 120-day moratorium on new construction requiring sewer con- nection contiRues as Lewes and its Board of Public Works (BPW) attempt to iron out how to allow the development process to con- tinue until the city's sewage plant is-upgraded. The shortage of available connections stems from ,"e city's outdated wastewater tment facility, which is sched- uled for an upgrade. However, at the very earliest, the project will not be completed for another two years. The plant is built to handle 750,000 gallons a day and follow- ing the upgrade, will be able to process 1.5 million gallons a day. City and BPW Engineer Charlie O'Donnell presented an updated count on the number of undevel- oped parcels that have been allo- cated sewer service, even though it may not have been requested, at a July 15 meeting. "We did a physical survey through town and found 194 buildable lots," said O'Donnell, who had previously Continued on page 12 Your Home in Original painting of your home in watercot- Watercolor! or gives you a lasting family picture of your most valuable possession. Done in impressionistic style, the coloorul painting can hang in any room of your home. Lewes artist, has exhibited 302-645-6577 MUST SEE. isch) I "Tl'r ........... 7- r TIII- 1 "'llllllltll llrllll: mlrr'[r, "  " t-