CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Chambersburg borough officials are looking into a proposal that might help the environment and save them more than $9 million.
The borough council this week agreed to spend $15,000 on a study that will detail how nutrients can be removed from cow or swine manure. That study will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to find out whether a participating farm's efforts can earn "credits" for protecting the Chesapeake Bay.
Council President William McLaughlin hopes the amount of those credits will be enough to keep the borough from having to expand its Hollywell Avenue sewage treatment plant as planned. That project will cost an estimated $9 million, or $13.8 million with loan interest.
"The potential is exciting," he said.
Integrity Ag Systems, which is based in the Cumberland Valley Business Park, will present the DEP with ideas using technology already popular in Europe. TeamAg Inc. of Ephrata, Pa., will validate the study's finding.