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Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities Manager Tim Glasco said the plant is also not designed to actively filter excess chlorine out of the wastewater before it is dumped into the river
Industrial customer dumps chlorine into county system

An industrial facility has apparently dumped massive amounts of chlorine into Los Alamos County’s drainage system beginning in October.

This facility was warned by the Department of Public Utilities to stop but has continued dumping chlorine directly into the sewer.

The county is unable to treat the contaminated water before the effluent is released from the wastewater plant in White Rock.

The effluent is discharged into the Rio Grande River.

As a result, the  Department of Public Utilities was issued an administrative order by the Environmental Protection Agency to stop the violator.

The EPA gave the Department of Public Utilities 30 days to respond to the violations.

“To get an idea of how much chlorine was involved, it was diluted in a million gallons of water at the plant, water that has a chlorine demand associated with it because of all the organics in it, yet we were still violating going out the back end of the plant,” said Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities Manager Tim Glasco Wednesday during a Board of Public Utilities meeting.

Glasco said the plant is also not designed to actively filter excess chlorine out of the wastewater before it is dumped into the river.

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