By Kevin Jefferies
Commerce – The Commerce City Council voted last night to accept a bid to clean up sludge lagoons at the wastewater treatment plant. The project will cost the city just over $164,000. The council was reluctant to spend the money, but regulations being enforced by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality left the body with little choice.
New TCEQ rules state that such sludge cannot be kept on site and must be disposed of in a certified landfill. This left the City of Commerce with the problem of dealing with existing sludge lagoons and few options on cleaning the area up.
The project will likely include more work and more money before it is entirely finished.