What goes in, must come out…And what comes out has to go somewhere, but some Delta County residents don’t like where septic tank waste is going.
Jim Johnson, a concerned parent said, “I’m questioning how they got permits to do this right next to a school, of all the locations where you could put this. And on the other side of the location where they’re doing this, there’s also a lot of residents over there that are concerned with this.”
But local and state officials say there is no need for concern.
Mike Snyder, a health officer at Public Health of Delta & Menominee counties said, “The firm that manages the site is meeting all the state requirements. It’s 2230 feet from the well, uh, of the school. The regulations state for the injection method of disposing of the septage waste.”
Here’s how it works:
-a septic tank is emptied and hauled away by a waste disposal company – which in this case, is a-1 septic.
-the waste can then be applied across the surface of a designated area – and then covered…Or it can be injected into the soil.
Matthew Campbell, a septage program coordinator with the Department of Environmental Quality said, “It immediately is injected, then the close in on themselves so that there’s just no contact time of the septage with the air. The odors are negligible.”
Friday night on Local 3 News, the potential benefits of the injection method – as well as some concerns.