9.4.15: Amusement park’s sewage increase request gets pushback
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A request by amusement park Michigan’s Adventure to increase how much sewage it treats and releases into groundwater is getting pushback from neighbors and local government officials.
The park is seeking to change its permit with the state to allow it to discharge an amount of sewage that’s 10 times the existing limit. Opponents of the plan want the park to hook up to Muskegon County sewer lines extended there in 2007.
Park officials say it “safely stores and disposes” waste through its on-site treatment system. Park owner Cedar Fair successfully fought a $600,000 special assessment from Dalton Township for the sewer line, winning in court in 2010.
Rick Rusz with the Department of Environmental Quality says officials will decide soon whether to set up a public hearing, which opponents have requested.