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Federal Lawsuit Filed Over Harpeth River

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Federal Lawsuit Filed Over Harpeth River

CREATED Aug 27, 2014 - UPDATED: Aug 27, 2014

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The Harpeth River Watershed Association has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Franklin over its wastewater treatment plant.

The group claims in the lawsuit filed Monday that the plant is polluting the waterway. The river has been included since 1998 on a state list of waterways that don't meet water quality standards.

“We basically are defending the public's right to clean water,” said Dorie Bolze, the Executive Director of the Harpeth River Watershed Association.

The lawsuit claims the city isn't doing enough to clean water that leaves the sewage treatment plant and goes into the Harpeth.

“When you go through five years of permit records -- it's the city's information, state's information you see lots of violations -- that is a red flag,” said Bolze.

City officials haven't responded to the lawsuit, but have defended the plant, saying in a statement that the group's claims are "exaggerations and misunderstanding of the regulatory requirements."

A permit allows the plant to treat 12 million gallons of wastewater each day and discharge the treated wastewater into the river.

Franklin officials noted that they have not received any notices of violation from state regulators.

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