The East Lansing Wastewater Treatment Plant’s permit to dump treated water into the Red Cedar River expired more than four years ago. The city applied for the renewal of the permit on time back in 2012, but the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has only just now said they’re reviewing it. So why are they doing it now? How unusual is it for a permit to be expired for so long? What are the implications?
Current State talks with Alice Dreger of Eastlansinginfo.org (ELi), a free, independent news and information website. She has been reporting on the wastewater treatment plant for over a year.