December 21, 2014

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Army Corps approves lagoon restoration plan

PITTSFIELD TWP. — A restoration plan for a storage lagoon off Quarry Road that was built to treat human waste has been approved by the Army Corps of Engineers, said attorney Gerald Phillips.

Phillips, who serves as attorney for the residents of Pittsfield Township, said Quasar Energy Group, operating as French Creek BioEnergy, has requested to withdraw its permit to operate at the site from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and residents are waiting for the results of that request.

The Pittsfield Township residents surrounding the site successfully fought to keep the lagoon from becoming operational. The residents filed a lawsuit against Quasar, alleging that the permit the company filed with the EPA contained several falsities.

Pittsfield Township trustees also issued a moratorium against the company to halt operations at the site on the basis that the storage lagoon was not permitted under the township’s zoning laws.

Since that time, Quasar has abandoned its efforts at the site to store treated human waste, which is used as fertilizer.

The Army Corps has been investigating wetlands that were reportedly disturbed by construction of the storage pond.

The Army Corps of Engineers would not comment on the details of the restoration plan. An Army Corps spokesman said it’s the district’s policy not to comment on the specifics of any regulatory enforcement action.

The Army Corps estimated that the matter would be resolved this year.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.