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Municipality of Yarmouth holding open house for Port Maitland sewage treatment plant, Monday, Nov. 19

A group of Port Maitland residents are blaming the local sewage treatment plant for polluting the beach and harbour. Officials with the N.S. Dept. of Environment performed water tests near the outflow pipe and say no problem was indicated.
A group of Port Maitland residents are blaming the local sewage treatment plant for polluting the beach and harbour. Officials with the N.S. Dept. of Environment performed water tests near the outflow pipe and say no problem was indicated. - Carla Allen

Plant has been blamed by a group of local residents as a source of pollution.

Port Maitland - The Municipality of Yarmouth is holding an open house for the Port Maitland sewage treatment plant on Monday, Nov. 19, from 4 - 6 p.m. at the Port Maitland firehall. During the open house, which is for Port Maitland residents, information videos, tours of the plant and refreshments will be provided.

Some Port Maitland residents say the local sewage treatment plant is polluting the harbour with raw sewage. Bruce Nunn, media relations officer for the Department of Environment, says the harbour and nearby areas were inspected with no signs of release found. The sewage treatment plant was inspected in August.

“We received a complaint about this issue, inspected, and found no signs of a release in the water. We had inspected the sewage treatment plant in August during the period when the Port Maitland Beach was closed to swimming and we verified that the facility was in compliance,” said Nunn.

This summer, Port Maitland Beach and Mavillette Beach were closed to swimmers for several weeks because of a high bacteria count.

Sept. 27: Residents questioning Port Maitland harbour pollution

Oct. 19 Port Maitland group still seeks answer about what's polluting their beach area

Save Port Maitland Beach is a Facebook Group formed to share information submitted by residents related to the pollution that's occurring in the area.

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