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Coolfont seeks OK for revised sewer permit

July 21, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A revised draft permit to build the sewer plant for the Coolfont Village subdivision was submitted to the state Department of Environmental Protection by Berkeley Springs Development, a subsidiary of the Carl M. Freeman Cos.

Bob Marggraf, Freeman's West Virginia vice president and general manager, said the permit was revised because the plant's design must be built to accommodate all 1,200 homes.

"It is not designed to be built in phases," he said.

He said the company revised and resubmitted the permit application because "we need a permit for the entire waste load and a permit to build the entire plant at once and not in phases," Marggraf said.

Matt Sweeney, a supervisor in the DEP permitting section, said the application was originally approved in a phased approach. He said "they then requested a permit to build it all at once."

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The discharged treated wastewater will be released through Outlet No. 001 to Sir John's Run, about 4.5 miles from the mouth of the Potomac River, according to the information notice.

Marggraf said the subdivision is "still in the permitting stage." He said Coolfont will not move forward until the economy and the real estate market begins to grow again.

He said the estimated cost of the sewer plant is $7 million.

The public can respond if they are concerned, Marggraf said.

Written comments can be submitted by Aug. 7 to the Division of Water and Waste Management, DEP, 601 57th St., SE, Charleston, WV 25304-2345, Attn: Lori Derrick, Permitting Section.

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