High school effluent plan opposed at hearing

January 27, 1998|By Donna R. Engle | Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF

Carroll County school officials drew fire from Uniontown area residents at a three-hour public hearing yesterday for failing to notify them of a plan -- which they oppose -- to discharge treated septic waste into a local stream.

The hearing, attended by 35 residents, was part of the Maryland Department of the Environment's review of the school system's request to discharge up to 17,000 gallons a day of treated effluent from Francis Scott Key High School into an unnamed tributary of Little Pipe Creek.

Replacement of the inadequate 40-year-old septic system is part of a $16.3 million expansion and renovation of FSK High, which began last fall.

Speakers sharply questioned Lester P. Surber, supervisor of school facilities, and his assistant, David C. Herring, about disposal alternatives such as piping the waste to the Union Bridge treatment plant or discharging into Wolf Pit Branch, a larger stream.

"We're trying to clean the [Chesapeake] Bay up. We don't want to add another pollution source to the bay," said Emil White, of the 4400 block of Green Valley Road.

Surber said the school's treatment plant and piping to the stream will cost $824,000, about half the estimated cost of transporting the waste to Union Bridge and improving the town's system to meet treated effluent standards.

MDE hearing officer Stephen Luckman said publication of a legal advertisement in a local newspaper met the public notice requirements. But property owners whose land will be crossed by the pipeline on Bark Hill and Hoff Roads said they should have received individual notices.

Pub Date: 1/27/98

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