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10 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1- MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 NEWS ca.e Gazette Board to issue ruling by Oct. 9 By Hoen leah@capegazette.com Environmental officials and private groups who clashed over state approval of a regional wastewater treatment facility say all moves are on hold as they await a final ap- peals board report. Ap- pellants say they may appeal to Delaware Su- perior Court. The Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board heard ar- guments fr6m an attor- ney for four environ- mental groups who CollinO'Mara complained a Depart- ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control permit was incomplete and a public hearing on the proposed facility was flawed. Tidewater Environmental Ser- vices wants to build Wanden- dale, a 1.45 million gallon-per-day wastewater treatment and dis- posal facility on the Marsh fami- ly farm on Camp Arrowhead Road. It applied for a Coastal Zone Act permit, which Depart- ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Collin O'- Mara approved. The industrial control board agreed with the four appellants that the permit issued by DNREC was flawed, but board members said the mis- takes were not so great that it had to be rescinded. Kenneth Kristl, attorney for the appellants and director of Widener University School of Law's Environmental Law Cen- ter, said an appeal is up to his clients; he suspects they'll make one. He said a written version of the board's decision, which must be released by Oct. 9, will drive any appeal. After the decision is printed, Kristl said appeals must be fried within 30 days. O'Mara said a facility like Wandendale will reduce the effects of poor land,use decision making on the Inland Bays. His order allow- ing the company to seek construction and oper- ating permits said DNREC continues to be frustrated by Sussex County land-use decisions al- lowing development in areas where the state says it won't spend money for infrastructure. "The board's decision shows we still have work to do in order to make the process more trans- parent," O'Mara said. Appellants complained significant changes were made to the permit appli- cation before the public hearing - and the public was not notified. "Some of the information was part of the record, but it wasn't highlighted enough; it wasn't clear enough for the pubic to be aware," O'Mara said. Regarding sentiments that the public hearing should be held again, O'Mara said he wants to see the exact ruling from the in- dustrial control board before commenting. "I want to see their exact recommendations." Milton Council to decide on. fees The Milton Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4, at Milton Public Library. The agenda includes a possible vote to in- crease trash collection and other town fees, discussion of Senate Bill 234 to enforce mandatory recycling and a discussion on covering town expenses through December 2010. For a complete agenda, visit the Town of Milton's website at www.ci.milton.de.us. Erie M Blondin, Agent 18958 Coastal Highway Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Bus: 302-227-4663 Bus: 302-CAR-HOME www.surfsidecoverage.com Great insurance. Low rates. Remodeling your home can increase its value. Protect it by taking a new look at your homeowners insurance. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. CALL ME TODAY. 0901136 State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, State Farm General Insurance Compan{,. Btoom!ngton. tL Watches