A coastal board has upheld Delaware state approvals to build a private sewage treatment plant in Sussex County that's expected to process 3 million gallons of wastewater a day.
The Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board rejected a series of challenges from several environmental groups Friday, clearing the way for the plant.
Four groups had asked the board to overturn a project permit granted in July by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, saying it set a dangerous precedent for conservation law.
But board members said water and sewer plants are not manufacturing or heavy industry, which Delaware lawmakers have banned from land near the the Delaware River, Delaware Bay and Atlantic Coast.
Supporters say the project could serve roughly 10,000 homes.
Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, http://www.delawareonline.com