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Salisbury Sewage Treatment Plant on List of MD Polluting Facilities

Don Rush

A new report found that the sewage treatment plant for Salisbury has racked up over $333-thousand in fines since 2012.

The new $80 million plant went on line seven years ago and a second renovation attempt is now in the works costing $64 million to shore up the facility’s pollution problem

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that The Environmental Integrity Project found that the plant has discharged more than 200 tons of nitrogen into the Wicomico River last year.

Renovations are expected to be completed in 2018.

In addition to Salisbury the environmental group surveyed nearly two dozen wastewater treatment plants with discharge that was more than was permitted.

Since 2004 Maryland has spent $1.2 billion on failing facilities but still has 12 failing plants according to the report.

The Daily Times reports that represents one out of seven large scale plants in the state

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.