The plant would be located at the site of the former treatment plant, off the bypass between Routes 413 and 532, behind George School. That treatment plant has been out of operation since the 1980s.
Residents of the Crown Pointe neighborhood in particular have raised concerns about the proposal. If opened, the plant would be in operation just a few hundred feet from their neighborhood.
But before anything can happen, Newtown Township must include the plant as an option in its Act 537 Plan, a document that maps how the municipality will handle sewage. If the plan is crafted to include the proposal for a sewage treatment plant as an option, then it cannot later be rejected.
The Act 537 plan will be complete in six months to a year, officials have said, and the Board of Supervisors have the final vote as to what is included in that plan.
The Newtown Joint Municipal Authority Board of Directors have said a local plant may be the best option to deal with the area’s increasing sewage.