Following is the hyperlinked headline and an excerpt from the Virginia Governor’s Office’s Feb. 27, 2015, news release on a wastewater-treatment improvement project in Hopewell. Other news releases from the Governor’s Office are available online at https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/news-releases/.
Excerpt: “…The $76.3 million project—an upgrade to the Hopewell region’s wastewater treatment system—will result in a meaningful reduction in the amount of nutrient pollution entering the James. The improved nutrient-removal system will reduce nitrogen, one of the key pollutants affecting the Bay and its rivers, by 575,000 pounds per year.
“… As a major contributor of nitrogen to the James River, the Hopewell wastewater facility has conducted studies for almost 20 years to determine the most economical and technologically feasible method to remove nutrients from its wastewater and to meet nitrogen permit limits. Because of the unique wastewater characteristics, conventional methods of treatment were not feasible and new methods needed to be explored. The result is a system that separates some of the industrial wastewater that enters the plant to enable more efficient nitrogen removal. The sources of the wastewater include Honeywell, RockTenn, Virginia American Water Co., Evonik Goldschmidt, and Ashland Inc. The remaining flow comes from Fort Lee, Prince George County and Hopewell.
“About two-thirds of the funding for the project comes from the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund, which is administered by the Department of Environmental Quality. The $49.1 million grant is one of the largest grants issued by the fund since its inception in 1997. The rest of the financing is being provided by the city, the industries that use the plant, and a loan from the Virginia Resources Authority.”