Portsmouth Residents File Suits Over Wastewater Plant

Dec 1, 2016

Peirce Island in Portsmouth
Credit via Portsmouthwastewater.com

A group of residents in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, have sued the city, state, and federal government, saying an upgraded wastewater treatment plant under construction lacks the capacity to handle sewer needs.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the group filed the suit in federal court in Concord on Wednesday under provisions of the Clean Water Act. It also believes the Peirce Island plant is using the wrong technology because the city wanted to build it there, rather than at Pease International Tradeport.

The group asks a judge to order the city to construct a plant "sized adequately" to handle sewage needs.

Deputy City Attorney Suzanne Woodland said the plaintiffs "are wrong on the facts, wrong on the engineering, and wrong on the law."

The plant will provide secondary treatment of the city's sewage and nitrogen removal.