DRAFT STATE SEWER PLANT DISCHARGE PERMIT FOR FRANKLIN Needs Your Comments by Nov. 21, 4:30pm Central Time!
Send your comments to the State. Tell TDEC that state clean water rules do NOT allow Franklin to double the amount of phosphorus pollution going into the Harpeth River.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recently held the public hearing on the agency's proposed changes to the state discharge permit for Franklin's expanded sewage treatment plant. Because of phosphorus pollution, the State Scenic Harpeth River has been listed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) for over a decade for not meeting water quality standards set to protect public health and wildlife. Franklin is investing $100 million in its new sewer plant that its engineering design states will be able to achieve low phosphorus levels. Under well established state clean water regulations, increased discharges of the pollutant that is causing the water quality impairment is not authorized. YET, FRANKLIN WANTS TO BE ABLE TO DISCHARGE INTO THE HARPETH RIVER OVER TWICE THE AMOUNT OF PHOSPHORUS IT IS CURRENTLY PUTTING INTO THE HARPETH. Tell TDEC and your state public officials that the final sewer permit is required to at least “hold the line” on more pollution, and set a schedule for reducing pollution from Franklin's Sewer Plant to help improve the river.