Here is all of the documents obtained during WONRA’s investigative meeting with the DWR in light of employee complaints and a return inspection. The meeting shined a bit more clarity on the report that we got from the prior employee, or at least the DWR’s opinion of what they believe to have happened. The plant has been out of compliance dating back four years, at least on most inspections. The complaint from the employee stated the inspectors were mislead about the plant 1) having a composite sampler onsite, and 2) the tertiary system being in use. According to the state officials the facility is using another method that sufficiently substitutes for an expensive composite sampler. They are also aware of the tertiary system being shut off and recommend continued chlorination because of this. In remedy of the compliance issue, the state employees said that the Plant must agree to an SOC (Special Order by Consent) in order to avoid the EPA’s attention. Last Thursday evening Douglas Toltzman (WONRA Treasurer) and I attended the Maysville Town Meeting. During the meeting the new interim Town Manager, Mr. James Harper (Former Mayor of Maysille) announced to the commissioners that the Waste Treatment Plant will begin paying a fine to the state on a monthly basis going forward. No mention was made of the possibility of an SOC. Speaking with others outside following the meeting it became clear that the Plant does not have the ability or funding to agree to an SOC – which would require a timeline for upgrades for compliance to be met. I think I speak for all of WONRA when I say the last thing that we would want for a Town with such little monetary resources is to be fined. However, we cannot be responsible for the response, or lack-thereof, of the Town Manger, Mayor, and Commissioners.
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Nicole L. Triplett