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DeGraff, Quincy seek agreement on wastewater plant mandate

Neighboring Logan County municipalities remain at odds over how best to comply with a looming mandate from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

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An impending regulation from the Ohio EPA requires an operator with at least a Class II license to work on-site at least 20 hours per week at the DeGraff-Quincy Wastewater Treatment Plant along State Route 235 between the two villages. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

The sanction, set to take effect Oct. 31, requires an operator with at least a Class II wastewater treatment license to be on site no fewer than five days and 20 hours per week.

The new rule applies to wastewater plants statewide, DeGraff Mayor Gary Comer said.

“Because of problems elsewhere, everyone has to be punished,” he said. “If there are communities that aren’t monitoring their treatment plants properly, then punish those communities.

“Leave the rest of us alone.”

The wastewater treatment plant shared by Quincy and DeGraff, located along State Route 235 near County Road 34, has had only a couple minor violations since it became operational in 2004, Mr. Comer said.

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