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Environmental Group Appeals Rehoboth Beach Outfall

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.-  Environmental group "Surfrider Delaware" has appealed the decision by Rehoboth Beach to dump wastewater into the ocean. 

The city agreed on the ocean outfall plan in January, after being required to eliminate all waste from the bay, where wastewater is currently dumped. Surfrider appealed that decision on January 26th.

According to Surfrider representatives, they do not believe the city's plan was well thought out and is based on outdated information. They are appealing the outfall in favor of land application. 

Some residents, like Joe Moriarty who has lived in Rehoboth for 30 years, hope the appeal is upheld.

"I think it's the wrong decision, I think the spray irrigation is much better for the environment," he said. "Also the perception, we rely on the tourist economy and if people think the beach's may not be safe and clean, that's going to effect the area."

But Mayor Sam Cooper said he thinks this is just a rehashing of the same old thing, they have been planning the outfall project for over ten years now. He explained that the decision was highly researched and vetted to be the safest and most effective option.

"These people who push land application, if it's so bad to put it in the ocean, do we really want to be putting it on the land?" he questioned. "And going into people's drinking water? I don't think it's that bad, but that's what they're saying, basically."

According to Surfrider, some pharmaceuticals would still be in the treated wastewater in the ocean, which could affect the fish, and ultimately the person eating those fish.

But Mayor Cooper said he isn't too worried, while Surfrider said they're optimistic.

A hearing is scheduled for June 23rd.

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