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Public meeting scheduled for church wastewater treatment facility

Posted at 10:26 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 08:30:19-04

JOPPA, Md. — A church is at the center of a controversy between Baltimore County and Harford County.

The Mountain Christian Church in Joppa is expanding and looking to greatly increase the amount of output from a wastewater treatment facility they want to build.

A spokesperson for the church directed us to one of the church's Facebook posts for comment. In it the church said they have been working with the Maryland Department of the Environment and Harford County.

On Monday night, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks introduced a resolution opposing the churches request for treated wastewater discharge near the Little Gunpowder Falls.

Marks said if the church is permitted to build, Baltimore County wants them to include a strong enhanced nutrient removal process. The Harford County Council didn’t require that.

The church said the proposed system exceeds all governmental requirements for impact.

Marks said no one from Mountain Christian Church reached out to anyone in Baltimore County.

“This is a very large facility that will be dumping a significant amount of discharge into the water,” Marks said. “We think every attempt should be made to make sure that is as clean as possible.”

There will be a public meeting to talk about this issue on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Joppa Branch of the Harford County Library at 665 Towne Center Drive.