Nearby Somerset to stop treating leachate at wastewater plant

Community outcry in nearby Somerset has brought the end to a controversial water treatment method, according to multiple media outlets.

Leachate, a liquid collected at landfills after it runs over solid waste, will no longer be treated at Somerset’s Pitman Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Numerous citizens of Somerset spoke out against the practice at this week’s Somerset City Council meeting since leachate is treated so close to Lake Cumberland. Those in attendance were apparently concerned about the presence of “forever chemicals” that are byproducts from manufacturing processes or from making coatings for items that resist heat, oil and grease.

The measure passed unanimously 10-0 in front of a large audience of Pulaski County residents. Somerset first began taking leachate from several different landfills in late 2019.