Precinct 4 residents call Monday meeting on sludge operation

From Staff Reports

March 14, 2008 - Some residents of Precinct 4 in Hopkins County have called a public meeting for Monday, March 17, to discuss a company's request from the state for permits to put sludge from wastewater and water treatment on 400 acres in the area.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the district courtroom at the Hopkins County Courthouse. The meeting is open to the public, but residents of Precinct 4, which covers the northwest quarter of Hopkins County, are being urged to take part.

The operation would reportedly be located on County Road 4771. The proposal by Terra Renewal Services of Russellville, Ark., has raised concerns from a county environmental group and Precinct 4 residents.

"Sludge treatment" generally refers to the process of treating sewage and industrial wastewaters.

Representatives from the Arkansas company are scheduled to be in attendance at the discussion to respond to questions, as well as members of the Hopkins County environmental committee, according to meeting organizers.

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