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Wastewater Plant Struggles with Upgrade Plans

The latest plan for Salisbury, Maryland's wastewater plant calls for a new 6 million gallon tank, blower building and backup generator, which will cut operating costs by as much as $100,000 a year.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Salisbury's latest plan for upgrading the city's wastewater treatment plant still won't meet the a 2013 deadline called for in a consent decree with state environmental regulators.

Pete Schuler, a representative with the city's consulting firm Brown & Caldwell, urged council members at Monday's meeting to negotiate with the Maryland Department of the Environment on the deadline and funding.

The five-year plan is expected to cost $54 million and follows a previous upgrade that did not meet state standards and embroiled the city in a lawsuit.

The latest plan calls for a number of alterations, including a new 6 million gallon tank, blower building and backup generator. Schuler said the improvement will cut operating costs by as much as $100,000 a year.

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