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Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15- MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010 15 Board .upholds Wandendale, opponents blast, decision By Leah Hoenen time for the stateto pause and re- leah@capegazette.com The Southern Delaware Sierra Club plans to appeal a state board decision that upheld a Coastal Zone permit for a new sewer treatment plant in the. Cape Region. Appellants have until Friday, Oct. 29, to file an appeal in Delaware Superior Court. Steve Callanen, chairman of the South- ern Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club, says his group plans to do jus t that. "We def'mitely plan to go forward with our ap- peal," Callanen sai& The Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board released a 68-page report this week, the result of September deliberations over appeals by four environmental groups of a Coastal Zone Act permit granted to Tidewater En- vironmental Services Inc. for a regional wastewater treatment and disposal plant outside Lewes. The board found some of the appellants' claims were un- founded, and that Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control (DNREC) errors did not warrant denial of the per- mit. Environmentalist and former DNREC scientist Bill Moyer said he is disappointed with the rul- ing. "What they're saying is the secretary made mistakes, but they're OK. How many mistakes does the secretary have to make for them to overturn the perrhit? How do they quantify that?"! he asked. Moyer said condoning mistakes is nonsensical. "If this is any indication of how the board will handle itself in'the future, I'm very concerned for the future of Delaware's Coastal Zone," said Moyer. He said it is ltmmllll iiiiii I t Bella Mia Hair Bout ' Meli I ' formerlyof i i i i i i i- i i i i i : Melissa. i,  ' 50% OFF ' for the flect on what is happening and what will happen With the Coastal Zone, an arear in which industrial activity is restricted under the Coastal Zone Act. DNREC Secretary Collin O'- Mare said, "I think the board pro- vided a very frank and andid as- sessment of shortcomings we need to rectify." He said he plans to release draftsi of public hearing regulations fOl public comment in the next fw weeks. It's a project he says he has been working on since he took over the department. He sid the de- partment needs to continue to do a better job making information available to the public. The plant, Wandendale, would be built on the Marh family farm on Camp Arrowhead Road. Tidewater Environmental Ser- vices Inc. originally applied for a facility that would treat up to 3 million gallons ofwastewater per day, disposing of it wi spray ir- rigation and in two sets of rapid- infiltration basins. The company removed one set of rapid-infiltra- tion basins from the plan, and a condition of O'Mara's permit was that the capacity be reduced to 1.45 million gallons per day. Appellants charged that changes made to the facility plan between the original application and the May 19 public hearing - including removal of the more controversial set of rapid-infil- tration basins to' be l dcated near Love Creek - violated public- hearing standards. The board disagreed and found DNREC made iao procedural violations. One board member, Victor Singer, chairman of the New Castle County Planrdng Board, refused to sign the report. He said the facility would harm the m m m 1 mm m m I. m mm m m mm m mm mm a[] I i#ue is pleasea to wet :ome , ;a Massey, I faae Ya LOOK Salon. i I I I I I I I I I I I I offering all clients : iLL HAIRCUTS ', lonth of October. -- ' I I 1 I I 1 I I I I I I I Call today 302-2264, 627 to make an appoir,tmenL i o 0 iqqlQ l|l|||||||ldaa||||a|laBla|l Coastal Zone by importing pollu- tion from its service area, largely outside the Coastal Zone, into the protected area for disposal. He said neither Tidewater En- vironmental Services nor DNREC showed harm done to the Coastal Zone by the plant would be outdone by its benefits. DNREC and Tidewater Envi- ronmental Services disagreed. They said the plant would be its own offset. Tidewater Environ- mental Services Vice President of Engineering Bruce Patrick and consultant Lee Beetschen testi- fied water treated by the plant would have lower levels of nitro- gen than groundwater in the In- land Bays watershed, so it would lower concentrations of nutri- ents that make their way into the Inland Bays. The board upheld that view. O'Mara has said a central wastewater treatment facility would be better for water quality than individual septic systems in an area where Sussex County al- lows a lot of development. In his order allowing the permit, O'- Mara said DNREC continues to be frustrated by Sussex County allowing development in an area where the state will not fund in- frastructure improvements. 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