The town of Searsport's professional code enforcement officer of 20 years, Randy Hall, confirmed to me Dec. 10 that there is no town-licensed waste transfer station on the Searsport waterfront able to receive Nordic/Cianbro's  pipeline dredge spoils, dewater them, combine with cement in a giant pug mill and load onto trucks for delivery to an approved landfill.

There being some questions raised as to the truth of that statement, I discussed the question with Karen Knuuti of Maine Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management Dec. 16.

Karen, a professional licensed geologist with the bureau for over 25 years, being designated by her bureau to oversee all things Mack Point/Sprague Energy related, was clear and decisive in her immediate knowledge that in fact there are no town- or state-licensed waste transfer stations at Mack Point licensed for the above project components. She added that she has not been contacted by Cianbro or Nordic or their agents in any way.

Likewise, her direct supervisors have confirmed these facts to me.

The Searsport (Mack Point) portion/location of  the Nordic/Cianbro pipeline dredge project would be  known as a "solid waste transfer station" and a "dredge spoils dewatering facility." These activities require specific town of Searsport applications and full Planning Board process. In addition, the town requires Maine DEP solid waste handling, storage and trans-shipping permits and a separate Maine DEP point source outfall/discharge permit, as well as Maine Discharge Pollution Elimination System permitting for any such land-based dewatering activity to be permitted in Searsport.

Those of you who doubt this fact of federal Law and the responsibility of the Maine DEP to administer point-source discharges should refer to the recent finding of the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the NPDES/federal Clean Water Act requirement for turbid water discharge from dredge dewatering in Oregon.

As of Dec. 10, no one (including Nordic/Cianbro/Ransom/Ed Cotter, Erik Heim's agents/employees, etc.) has approached the town of Searsport  to discuss or propose pursuit of town permits for these separately required, permit-needed activities assumed in the NRPA/ SLODA permits recently granted by the BEP/DEP or the Water Quality Certification granted by DMR Commissioner Patrick Kellaher to Nordic/Cianbro last week.

In addition, I have confirmed that no public notice was given to the town of Searsport by Nordic of the inclusion of the town shorefront for its dredge spoils disposal and dewatering/trans-shipment plans.

Maine's regulatory agencies' and their commissioners' law brief-lite excuses for no MEPDES application for the dewatering, no solid waste application for processing, transfer and disposal of solid wastes, no Searsport solid waste transfer and dewatering facility permits, and no protocol testing of sediments for any permits, are simply a crude, laughable attempt at circumventing the environmental laws of this state and nation.

See no, hear no and speak no evil; no tests of actual sediments, no applications to dewater and transfer dredge spoils at Mack Point, no MEPDES permit application.

(For a review of the MEPDES/NPDES dewatering issue, see Eastern Oregon Mining Asso. V. Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality.)

Three years and running, wrong towns, wrong planet; time to pack up, Erik.

Paul Bernacki is a Living Shoreline stabilization consultant. He lives in Belmont.