Leland Town Council appeals state permit to H2Go for reverse osmosis plant

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Leland, NC (WWAY) — The Leland Town Council is appealing a state permit issued to H2Go for a reverse osmosis plant.

After hundreds petitioned the H2Go proposal, the Brunswick County Commission voted for a delay of the project.

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In a press release the council said:

“The Leland Town Council, on behalf of the best interest of its citizens and the environment, has appealed the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) issuance of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit to Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer Sanitary District (H2Go) for its proposed Reverse Osmosis water treatment plant.

As currently issued, the permit authorizes the proposed water plant’s discharge of one million gallons per day of wastewater brine concentrate into the Brunswick River, a primary fishery nursery area, with the potential to expand to two million gallons per day upon expansion of the plant in the future.

The Town has filed a petition for a contested case hearing stating that the DEQ issued the permit to H2Go based on information that failed to include an adequate engineering alternative analysis. The analysis requires the most environmentally sound alternative be selected from the reasonably cost-effective options. The petition was filed on June 5, 2017, and the case is scheduled to be heard in the Brunswick County courthouse the week of October 9, 2017.

The Town Council anticipates that the hearing will reveal that H2Go did not adequately consider other options for providing potable water for its customers – a majority of which are Town of Leland citizens — and that the permit decision will be reversed. The Town Council considers the proposed reverse osmosis water plant a burdensome and unnecessary project for the citizens of the Town and the sanitary district service area. Residents have signed petitions and expressed their discontent with the proposed plant to the Leland Town Council. The Council has confidence that Brunswick County Public Utilities can continue to provide safe, clean drinking water in a cost-effective manner for the foreseeable future.”