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Jerome wastewater plant under EPA scrutiny

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JEROME, Idaho (AP) -- The city of Jerome is trying to find a solution to overflow problems at its wastewater treatment plant heavily used by the dairy industry that could bring fines of up to $37,500 a day from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Times-News reports the plant's filters clogged in December. Then, partially treated water entered a discharge canal in February.

Idaho Milk Products, Jerome Cheese and Darigold put a combined 1.68 million gallons of wastewater a day through the plant.

The wastewater goes through a membrane filtration system that became clogged earlier this year by a foreign substance.

City Administrator Ben Marchant says officials have to come up with a solution quickly to show the EPA the city is doing something about the problem. Initial estimates put the work at $3.25 million.

Copyright 2011 The AP.

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