Natural Resources and Environment:

Review of Two Wastewater Treatment Plant Projects

Published: Oct 29, 1976. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1976.

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A review of 28 wastewater treatment projects funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) raised questions concerning those at Lebanon, New Hampshire and the Blackstone Valley Sewer District, East Providence, Rhode Island.

At Lebanon, a decision was made to dispose of treatment plant sludge by incineration rather than by available sanitary landfill. Conflicting reports were given of the basis for this decision which was of questionable cost effectiveness. In the East Providence project, there are many operation and maintenance problems due to design deficiencies. Additional funding by EPA for corrective work on this project may not be justified.

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  • Review Pending-GAO has not yet assessed implementation status.
  • Open-Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-implemented-Actions that satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-not implemented-While the intent of the recommendation has not been satisfied, time or circumstances have rendered the recommendation invalid.
    • Review Pending
    • Open
    • Closed - implemented
    • Closed - not implemented

    Recommendation for Executive Action

    Recommendation: EPA should investigate decisions taken at the Lebanon project to determine needs for further action and reassess grant increases and requests at the Blackstone Valley Sewer District.

    Agency Affected:

    Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

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