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Huntertown proposes alternate sewage sites

Huntertown continues to seek alternative discharge sites for its proposed $11.2 million wastewater treatment plant and is heading west into Eel River Township and beyond.

After the Indiana Department of Environmental Management turned down Huntertown’s request to build the sewage plant in 2012, the council appealed IDEM’s decision.

The appeal is now before the Indiana Office of Environmental Adjudication, awaiting a decision.

In January, the town purchased a 26-acre site at 2214 and 2232 Hathaway Road, near Lima Road, for $393,500, where they hope to build the treatment plant if the town wins its appeal.

Huntertown representatives met with IDEM late last summer to propose four discharge sites for treated wastewater, which included the Hathaway road site. The other sites were:

•About 4 miles west on Hathaway Road, (Eel River Township) directly upstream of Johnson Road into Eel River/Geller Ditch

•About 5 miles west at Carroll and Taylor roads, (Eel River Township) upstream of Carroll Road into Eel River/Geller Ditch

•About 7 miles to U.S. 33 and discharge northwest of the intersection of U.S. 33 and Carroll Road into the Eel River/Geller Ditch

IDEM has had discussions with Huntertown representatives but has not yet received a permit application for a formal review and decision, IDEM spokeswoman Amy Smith said Wednesday.

“We told them that if limits developed for any of these locations were to cause a significant lowering of water quality, the discharge would be denied, like the Geller Ditch request, based on antidegradation requirements,” Smith said.

Political boundaries, such as townships, do not affect these requirements, which are effective statewide and dependent on the exact receiving stream location, water quality and proposed activity, Smith said.

If Huntertown made another application to IDEM, those documents would be made public, Smith said.