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A federal judge in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has rejected a request to delay ruling on a deal to upgrade the Peirce Island wastewater plant.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that the tentative deal between Portsmouth and the federal Environmental Protection Agency spells out the type of sewer plant the city must build on the island and its timeline for construction.

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Portsmouth officials have approved authorizing a $75 million bond toward an $83 million plan to upgrade the existing Peirce Island wastewater plant.

The city council voted on Monday to pass the resolution. The vote had been delayed after residents spoke out against building the new plant at the city-owned island.

Residents had asked the council to consider building a new plant at the Pease International Tradeport. But officials said Peirce Island was the only "viable" location.

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The City Council in Portsmouth has voted to approve a $90.1 million plan to upgrade the existing Peirce Island wastewater plant.

The Portsmouth Herald reports it will be the most expensive public project in the city's history.

The vote came despite the continued assertion by City Manager John Bohenko that the cost has been inflated as much as $40 million because of the Environmental Protection Agency's belief that nitrogen discharge from the plant is hurting Great Bay. He said there's "no impairment" on the bay.