From Hagerstown Herald-Mail (March 15)....
"ANTIETAM CREEK WARNING SIGNS WILL BE REMOVED TODAY"
Signs warning people to stay away from Antietam Creek because of the
millions of gallons of largely untreated sewage that came from the
Hagerstown sewage treatment plant last month are to be taken down today,
Plant Superintendent Donald Barton said Thursday.
The sewage treatment plant off Frederick Street was partially shut down
Feb. 9 after high concentrations of chemicals common to industrial
cleaners and other industrial products were dumped into the sewer
The screening and settling steps of the treatment process, which remove
sludge and other solid material, continued operating during the partial
shutdown. But the disinfection and bacteria treatments were stopped,
which allowed 5.6 million gallons of largely untreated wastewater to
flow daily from the plant into the creek.
A chlorine disinfection process put in place on Feb. 12 dramatically
lessened the bacteria levels flowing into the creek.
Bacteria levels fell back to acceptable levels Feb. 15, which meant the
warning signs could come down a month later, Barton said.
The Maryland Department of the Environment is still investigating the
matter, MDE spokesman Richard McIntire said Thursday.
POSTED BY: Tom Shay