By Nakeshia Diop
Chilkat Valley News Haines 

Haines faces same requirement as Wrangell to disinfect its wastewater discharge


August 16, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing more stringent limits on the bacteria level in water that the Haines wastewater treatment plant releases into Lynn Canal.

Wrangell faces a similar requirement to reduce the bacteria count in its wastewater discharge. A cost estimate this past spring put the price at $12.5 million to add equipment and upgrade the Wrangell facility to disinfect the treatment plant’s outflow.

A section of the Federal Clean Water Act allows waivers for wastewater treatment plants to operate with a lower level of treatment, avoiding expensive operations whi...

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