2023Gloucester entered into a consent decree to build a $150 million secondary treatment facility.Economy and Industry, Government and Public Service, Infrastructure, City Government

The City entered into the consent decree with the EPA, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in federal court to resolve violations of federal and state Clean Water acts for its wastewater plant discharging under-treated sewage. Gloucester’s wastewater plant has been operating without secondary treatment pursuant to a 2001 waiver. The settlement requires construction of a secondary treatment plant at the existing plant which would continue to operate throughout construction. The City plans to seek as much funding as it can from the state and federal government, including through grants and/or low-interest or forgivable loans, since it will be otherwise funded by the ratepayers.

Ethan Forman. "Gloucester enters into consent decree to build $150M secondary treatment facility." Gloucester Daily Times. March 8, 2023.
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