- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - The Harpeth River Watershed Association has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Franklin over its wastewater treatment plant.

The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/1tRqv84) reports the group claims in the lawsuit filed Monday that the plant is polluting the waterway. The newspaper reports the river has been included since 1998 on a state list of waterways that don’t meet water quality standards.

“The Harpeth is one of the unique freshwater river systems in the Southeast, but unfortunately we have reached a critical point where this sewage discharge threatens the health of the river, especially during the summer months, when the river is naturally a low-flowing river and already experiencing poor water quality caused by upstream sources,” said Dorie Bolze, HRWA executive director, in a statement.

City officials haven’t responded to the lawsuit, but have defended the plant, saying in a statement that the group’s claims are “exaggerations and misunderstanding of the regulatory requirements.”

A permit allows the plant to treat 12 million gallons of wastewater each day and discharge the treated wastewater into the river.

Franklin officials noted that they have not received any notices of violation from state regulators.

“We’ve very disappointed that they’ve taken this track and feel that we’ve done a lot of proactive work to plan for the future and be good stewards of the river,” City Administrator Eric Stuckey said in an interview. “We’ve worked to try to be a partner, and this obviously cuts against that approach. We’re going to continue to do what we think is the right thing for the river and the community. We have a good plan.”

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Information from: The Tennessean, https://www.tennessean.com


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