Antrim has too much nitrogen

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Antrim Township Municipal Authority learned about the efficiency of its nitrogen removal system May 21. Scott Crosswell from CET Engineering Services explained what he knew about the wastewater treatment plant. His firm had submitted an Act 94 report to DEP.

Antrim public works director Carl Rundquist had already notified the board, "We've fallen behind on nitrogen removal. We'll have to spend $30,000 to $50,000 at the end of the year to buy credits if levels are not reached."

Crosswell said the levels had been particularly high in 2011 because it was such a wet year. "You need inflow and infiltration reduction. Antrim Township will have to put a plan in place."

Three pump stations were also at risk for overload. Crosswell said the Penn Vest nutrient credit trading program was an option. That was available in November. He also had a proposal for a performance evaluation of the plant. That matter was to be addressed by the township supervisors May 29.

— By PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot