Greenville Board says no to bringing local manufacturer back onto wastewater system

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/19/2019 12:46:22 PM

The Greenville Select Board said it’s not inclined to accept Pilgrim Foods back as a wastewater customer, despite a request from the Department of Environmental Services to do so.

Pilgrim Foods produces mustard, fruit juice and vinegar, operating on Wilton Road in Greenville. Currently, Pilgrim foods hauls its processed wastewater to the Rochester Waste Water Treatment plant.

Prior to 2014, Pilgrim Foods was a customer of Greenville’s wastewater treatment plant, but there were continual issues with Pilgrim Foods exceeding its permitted flow.

In a letter to the Greenville Select Board dated July 30, Alexis Rastorguyeff of the Department of Environmental Services requested Greenville consider taking on the treatment of a portion of Pilgrim Foods discharge, as the company has made design modifications that ideally would allow for a more controlled amount to flow into Greenville’s system.

“The improved predictability of wastewater disposal for Pilgrim and the additional revenue for the [waste water treatment plant] could be mutually beneficial,” Rastorguyeff wrote.

The Greenville Select Board, however, said the town is still in the midst of piloting a chemical program to meet its permitted limits for chemical discharges for aluminum, phosphorous and copper. The town has been testing chemical solutions to their discharge issues for several years, working to meet their permitted limits under an executive order from the Environmental Protection Agency, and aren’t prepared to take on a customer that could upset the equilibrium they’ve managed to achieve, Town Administrator Tara Sousa said.

Currently, Sousa said, the town has been consistently meeting its permit limits for phosphorus and aluminum, but hasn’t had the same success with its output of copper.

Town Administrator Tara Sousa said Thursday that this is not the first time the board has considered accepting Pilgrim Foods back as a wastewater customer. The town was approached about a year ago with a similar request by one of the company’s engineers. The town turned down that request for the same reasons they have now, Sousa said.

During its meeting Tuesday, the Select Board reviewed the letter from the Department of Environmental Services and directed Sousa to draft a response explaining the town’s position.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.




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