Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Sewage District OKs Study for Pxpansion

Sewage District OKs Study for Pxpansion
By Daily Republic staff

FAIRFIELD - The Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District Board has approved an environmental study for a proposed $45 million sewer district plant expansion.

The plant needs to expand to handle the growth plans of Fairfield and Suisun City, the environmental report said. Without it, the district would face such options as piecemeal expansion or imposing growth restrictions, it said.

"We want to award a contract for construction by May," said Larry Bahr of the district.

Whether that happens depends on getting a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit, Bahr said. The difficulty has been getting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to respond to the corps, something that must occur before the permit can be issued, he said.

The Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District plant is located on Chadbourne Road south of Fairfield, along Suisun Marsh.

A local group called Citizens Against the Dump Expansion voiced concerns about the environmental study. It objects to the district's practice of hauling treated sewage sludge to Potrero Hills Landfill.

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