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Hearing on appeal of permit Monday
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Forsyth County News

 

A hearing on Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's appeal of a Forsyth County wastewater permit is set for Monday morning.

Judge Kristin Miller will hear arguments from both sides at 9:30 a.m. in the Office of State Administrative Hearings.

In September, the Riverkeeper group appealed the permit from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, arguing that the allowable pollutant levels were "unnecessarily weak."

The permit, issued Aug. 18, grants the county the ability to release 6 million gallons per day of treated water from its Fowler wastewater facility into the Chattahoochee River.

The facility in south Forsyth currently discharges about 3 mgd, but the additional capacity for Fowler and the planned Shakerag plant are intended to serve future needs.

The evidentiary hearing Monday will examine whether the discharge is authorized and necessary to accommodate the area's social and economic development.

That was just one of six counts brought forth in the Riverkeeper's petition.

After the hearing, the judge will rule on whether the limits set on pollutants discharged are adequate per state anti-degradation laws.

The county has hired King & Spalding law firm to represent it in the case, for a cost of up to $200,000.

The hearing was originally scheduled for January, but the county asked for a postponement for additional engineering work to be done.