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By Marcus Huff
Staff Writer 

Ten Sleep rejects proposal to accept brewery wastewater


April 7, 2016

TEN SLEEP - The Ten Sleep Town Council held their monthly meeting Tuesday evening, and discussed a proposal by Ten Sleep Brewing Company to dispose of wastewater, created by the brewing process, in the Ten Sleep lagoon.

The brewery, established in 2013, currently disposes of their wastewater (a highly concentrated mixture of beer byproduct) in a containment pond on brewery property for evaporation. As per their proposal, the brewery would transfer the estimated 5-10,000 gallons of product to the Ten Sleep sewage lagoon.

“I’m deeply concerned with this proposal,” stated Ten Sleep Chief Operator Neil Beisler, addressing the council. “Currently, we use a simple enzyme and oxygen to clarify our lagoon,” explained Beisler. “Any ‘upset condition’ could drastically change the chemical balance. It’s fairly fragile.”

Explaining that larger towns with breweries, such as Buffalo and Cody, have water treatment plants to handle the change in condition, Beisler recommended that the council reject the proposal. After some discussion, the council agreed to reject the idea and consider an expanded pretreatment ordinance, should future businesses request use of the lagoon under similar circumstances.

Beisler also informed the council that in wake of the lead contamination problem in Flint, Michigan, the Environmental Protection Agency has sent out letters warning municipalities of tighter lead restrictions and enhanced inspections. Although Ten Sleep currently tests negative for lead contamination in the water supply, Beisler stated that the town will be conducting lead tests this summer.

In further business, Mayor Jack Haggerty swore-in Ten Sleep residents Mary Roddy, Sarah Anderson, Paula Kulze and Jan Michael as election judges for the May 3 election for mayor and to fill three council seats. Unlike most of Wyoming, Ten Sleep does not hold a primary and secondary election for municipal positions.

A “Meet the Candidates” forum will be held at the Ten Sleep Senior Center on April 26, at 7 p.m.


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