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Carbon Council provides update

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Carbon resident Doug Clodfelter gave the Carbon Town Council an update regarding meeting state mandated ammonia levels in the town's wastewater treatment lagoons.

"We're meeting ammonia levels now, but we won't be discharging any more until April," Clodfelter said. "We haven't heard anything more from the Briley Group about changing the wastewater system."

Effective Jan. 1, 2009, the State of Indiana added two new criteria standards, which requires a limit of discharge for ammonia and E. coli levels.

Currently, Carbon's waste stabilization lagoons are in violation of the new standards.

Although this violation doesn't pose a threat to any citizens, the town is still responsible for solving the issue.

The existing lagoons are not designed to effectively treat ammonia in cold weather.

Council members said the current system meets the state's ammonia standards for the majority of the year, but when temperatures drop during winter months ammonia levels increase.

In other Carbon news:

* Board members passed an ordinance cauterizing some of the town's other ordinances concerning American Legal,

* Council members passed the 2012 sewer budget with rural development, and

* The council gave Treasurer Diane Fields permission to move money from one Carbon account to another to cover bills for the remainder of the year.

The Carbon Town Council meets on the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m.

However, because of the New Year's holiday, Carbon's next regularly scheduled meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 7.

The council plans to formulate and discuss wastewater plans with Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., and have a new contract by the meeting.

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